Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KD2UHF, Sep 23, 2020.
Me too brother - me too
I would like to go to Gator Land again,and see Wally Gator
That will happen...the question is "when." I tend to thing the next 3 - 4 months will determine things. If there's not a huge explosion of virus cases this fall/winter and if there's an effective and safe vaccine I think spring hamfest season may be on.
Unfortunately...the cases are trending up again already here in early fall, supposedly the strain infecting people is more easily transmissible now, flu season is coming on top of that, whether there will be an effective and safe vaccine anytime soon is an open question, and more than a few--including people 60+ years old--STILL don't take the threat seriously.
If I had to guess? No Orlando Hamcation, no Dayton...maybe Huntsville in August. I hope to be proven wrong, of course.
Just learned earlier today
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter about the future
of Ham-Com. After 41 years, Ham-Com has decided to close its doors in
lieu of the restrictions in place for COVID-19 and the rising costs of
putting on a show. The decision was not made lightly, but the safety and
wellness of our volunteers, vendors, clubs, presenters, and attendees is
our paramount concern.
We sincerely thank each and every person for their support over the
past years. This starts with clubs who have participated in offering
forums, transmitter sessions, VE sessions, talk-ins, and many more
things through the years. Next, to the commercial and flea market
vendors who have helped new hams get their first radio to established
hams who are building the ultimate ham shack, we thank you for returning
year over year. To the volunteer staff, functional directors, and access
control, your dedication and hard work have contributed to the continued
success of the show for 41 years. Finally, to our attendees. Without
you, there is no show. Over 41 years, we have met a variety of people
with one common passion, amateur radio. Ham-Com is proud to contribute
to bringing people together to enjoy this passion. We will definitely
miss this gathering of the broader community.
Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your families and “see
President of Ham-Com Inc
And, don't forget the Pound o' Parts "Hamfest in a Box"!
Normally the rules sorta frown on plugs for "for sale items" outside that forum.... but given the sorry state of ham fests, it's a very real fact that just having access to "random fun parts to fiddle with" is indeed an issue that won't change any time soon.
Your "Pound o' Parts" deal really could put smiles back on more than a few hams faces - just having the fun of opening up a surprise box to see what goodies there are.
That's what Ham Fests have always meant to me - finding bits and bobs of parts and such for a great deal and bringing them home to find a use on the bench.
Will we EVER get back to Ham Fests as we all knew them? Maybe someday but not likely 2021 any more than 2020 was... sigh
Thanks for your indulgence, Dave. Desperate times call for desperate measures. HI!
73, es Merry Christmas!
Ham-Com is now SK
That is sad after all these years The team did a great job 73
There is a good video here: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/three-major-ham-radio-events-give-2021-update.740764/
that provides updates from the chairmen of Hamcation (Florida), Hamvention (Ohio) and my personal fave Huntville Hamfest (Alabama).
Check it out...good stuff.