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Lets Get Hamfests up and going again

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KD2UHF, Sep 23, 2020.

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  1. KD2UHF

    KD2UHF Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Tell where there are upcoming hamfests
     
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    You could certainly start here:

    http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

    But good luck - it's likely going to be a pretty long time before ham fests as we knew them are back.

    Outdoor parking lots / tail-gate fests maybe.... but for the foreseeable future, I'm pretty sure the days of packing thousands of hams inches apart, crammed into crowded isles are over.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  3. VE3GCX

    VE3GCX Ham Member QRZ Page

    That statement does not bode well for Dayton. Still scheduled for 6 months away. Lets hope.
    I'm going through hamfest withdrawal.

    Graham
    Ve3gcx
     
  4. K0UO

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    I think we all have to worry about the next 3 months and the holidays before we can start thinking about hamfest.
    Breathing is more important to me than a hamfest/ in the mean time I've been making lots of contacts on the air.
     
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  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    You're really hoping to cram in face-to-face, inches from thousands of other hams in tight isles in a hot sweaty room for days?

    Are you really thinking venues by Spring will be willing to take on this liability and responsibility?

    I don't see that happening - but totally understand others may have other views.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  6. KD2UHF

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    Outside might be an option for hamfests
     
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  7. VE3GCX

    VE3GCX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Realistically, No!. Nor would I fault, any organization that decided to play it safe. That said, I still miss hamfests and hope for their return. Hamvention and NEARFest are the 2 biggies that I travel to the US for. Right now I know of only person that crosses the border right now, he owns the family farm in MA and needs to check on it, but lives in Canada and has both US and Canadian Passports so gets through border checks on "citizen returning home". The price though, is enforced 2 weeks of home quarantine when returning to Canada. Our federal government does check that the quarantine is observed.
    With respect to Dayton The conferences have ample empty spaces and the inside commercial vendors I will visit them Thursday or Sunday morning before the herd arrives and after it departs. The outside usually has plenty of space.

    This virus is not going away anytime soon. According to that which I have read in The Economist Magazine, clinically confirmed, second infections of people that have already had and recovered from Covid-19, have occurred.
    This would lead me to believe the antibodies generated do not last long or the virus mutates rapidly. Hence a vaccine's effects would also be short term.

    Graham
    Ve3gcx
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2020
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  8. KA7RRA

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    They are planning on having the Orlando Hamvention 2-11-2021 to 2-14-2021 I'm on their web page....
    I'm planning on driving down,and maybe driving to Miami, and Key West.
    It all depends on the virus and other stuff.
    I flew to Orlando in 2016,and then drove to Key West and back up to Miami for their ham convention.then back to Orlando found some time to do some metal detecting on the beach

    I would almost like to spend a 1-3 months,just metal detecting up and down the 30 miles plus beach,that they have .Would also like to do the same in Hawaii
     
  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Remember that it's NOT up to the organizer - it's up to the event space owner

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  10. KA7RRA

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    That is true I'm hopping though...
     

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