Orlando FL Hamcation February 12, 13, 14,

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  1. W8EK

    W8EK Guest


    The Orlando Hamcation is only a couple weeks away. It will be
    held from February 12 thru February 14, but much of the activity
    starts on Thursday, February 11, when most of the tailgaters
    set up. If you have not made your plans to attend, you need to
    do so now. Florida is the place to be in February!

    Info can be found at
    http://hamcation.com/default.html
    There is a lot of information at this web site, so be certain
    to check all of the special areas.

    At the present time, there are some tables still available in the
    swap building. Having a table inside the building, instead of
    outside in the tailgate area, protects you (and your equipment)
    from the weather, and only costs $10 more for the entire weekend.
    Please e-mail hamcation@aol.com to make reservations or get
    more information.

    Thanks.

    73,

    Ken, W8EK

    Ken Simpson
    E-mail to W8EK@FLHam.net or W8EK@arrl.net
    Voice Phone (352) 732-8400





     
  2. W8EK

    W8EK Guest

    Updated Orlando Hamcation Info

    Here is some updated information about the Orlando Hamcation:

    At the present time, there are a few tables still available in
    the swap building. All of the wall spaces and end caps have been
    taken. If you want more than one table together, get your
    reservation in NOW. Having a table inside the building, instead
    of outside in the tailgate area, protects you (and your equipment)
    from the weather, and only costs $10 more for the entire weekend.
    Please e-mail hamcation@aol.com to make reservations or get
    more information.

    Everyone knows that there are many other activities in the central
    Florida area, so be certain to bring the XYL. Hamcation will also
    have YL activities, and of course many are now hams, so will enjoy
    Hamcation as well. The bottom line is "Bring the entire family."

    Advance registrations are running considerably ahead of past years,
    so this promises to be another large (10,000 plus hams) hamfest.
    To put it another way, don't stay home because you think attendance
    might be down due to the economy. It does not look that way.

    See you there!

    Thanks.

    73,

    Ken, W8EK

    Ken Simpson
    E-mail to W8EK@FLHam.net or W8EK@arrl.net
    Voice Phone (352) 732-8400
     
  3. WA4LZC

    WA4LZC Subscriber QRZ Page

    Do you know if they are doing the bring and buy this year?? I couldn't find any info on the Hamcation website.... :confused:
     
  4. W8EK

    W8EK Guest

    The commercial exhibits, swap building and tailgate will be as it has
    been in the past.

    The person who ran the "bring and buy" in past years is not able to do
    it this year, so there will not be any this year.

    I hope to see you there.

    Thanks.

    73,

    Ken, W8EK
     
  5. WA4LZC

    WA4LZC Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks Ken......

    I will see you there 73's
     
  6. KJ4KDM

    KJ4KDM Guest

    Cant wait!:D
     
  7. KB1EGK

    KB1EGK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone know if we can pitch a tent or two and stay over on Friday night?
     
  8. W8EK

    W8EK Guest

    In regards to pitching a tent, the answer is that there will be many
    tent and tent like structures in the tailgate section. Calling some
    of these a tent might be a stretch, as some are more like canopies
    covering the equipment. Of course that is also a reason to go inside
    in the swap building, if you are concerned about the weather.

    As far as staying in the tent on Friday night, I think that comes under
    the RV guidelines. This is only my opinion, but I think it is accurate.
    My understanding is that the fairgrounds (and not Hamcation) enforces
    that. For clarification, you might send an e-mail to
    hamcation@aol.com.

    I hope to see you there.

    Thanks.

    73,

    Ken, W8EK
     
  9. WB0MMZ

    WB0MMZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Vendors

    This is my first time at Hamcation. Does anyone know if the vendors have special deals for the hamfest? I'm looking forward to it. Thanks and 73. Joe, WB0MMZ
     
  10. W8EK

    W8EK Guest

    Yes, the vendors will have special deals. That is one of the reasons to
    go to a big hamfest such as Hamcation! There will be more ham vendors
    in one place than most any other time and place (the only exception
    being at Dayton Hamvention). They will be competing with one another,
    so that means better deals for the average ham.

    In addition, all of the major ham manufacturers will be there. I think it
    is safe to say that some of them will be introducing new equipment at
    Hamcation, and you probably will be able to get your hands on it, and
    actually see and touch it. I say "probably" because if you only come
    on Saturday, there will be a tremendous crowd, and it may be hard to
    get to some of it. So come for the entire long weekend.

    I will put it another way -- there is lots to see and do. The problem
    is being able to do it all in the time available.

    If you are from "up north" don't forget that the Florida weather will be
    much better. The present long range weather forecast shows Hamcation
    being in the upper 60's for a high, and upper 40's/low 50's for a low, with
    lots of sunshine. That is a bit cooler than some years, so bring a light
    jacket. Of course it is safe to say that it is better than "up north."

    If anyone has other questions, you can e-mail me at W8EK@FLHam.net.
    If you have questions about Hamcation itself, reservations, etc. then it
    is best to e-mail hamcation@aol.com.

    I hope to see you at Hamcation.

    Thanks.

    73,

    Ken, W8EK
     
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