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Stone Mountain Hamfest & Georgia ARRL State Convention Nov 6th & 7th

Discussion in 'Hamfest and Convention Calendar' started by KK4KHS, Nov 1, 2021.

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  1. KK4KHS

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    Hamfest Link Flyer attached

    2021 Georgia ARRL State Convention
    Stone Mountain Hamfest 2021

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    NOVEMBER 6 & 7, 2021. 8:00am - 4:00pm Saturday and 8:00am - 2:00pm Sunday


    WHERE AND WHEN: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30045

    Exams given on both days, see website for times.

    Georgia ARES hosting “Hands On Skills Area”. Get some of your ARES skill checked off.

    General Admission: $10.00 at the gate.

    If you are thinking about an inside flea market table, better get with it! Vendor Registration Form in exhibit hall click here.

    Flea Market Building Registration Form We have plenty of Commercial Tailgate Spaces and Boneyard/Tailgating space still available click here for the Registration Form.

    We look forward to seeing you there! -73 - Stone Mountain Hamfest Committee https://stonemountainhamfest.

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  2. KA2DEW

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    Stone mountain was pretty good this year (2021). I was a little worried. Not anymore! I booked tables indoors for next year (2022).

    There were two buildings, one with commercial vendors and pipe-and-drape bordered spaces, and the other for flea-market sales. The flea market building was 90% full. There were a couple of not-ham-radio vendors. The commercial vendor building The Wireman, Icom, HRO, ARRL, and a couple of medium size ham stores. They had a bunch of lesser vendors including big-hamfest (Hamcation etc) representatives. See the official hamfest page for a list. Also, a large 5 acre or so field that had half a dozen rows of cars, possibly 50? selling from tables and some under canopies. Weather was 40 to 60 on Saturday, sunny and dry, 50 to 70 on Sunday, also sunny and dry.
    The fest was hopping from 8 am to about 2 pm on Saturday when the outside vendors started packing up. Sunday had maybe 15 outdoor flea vendors and about 70% indoor low-budget vendors. The commercials were still going at it on Sunday morning. By 2 pm on Sunday, people were busy packing up to go home.
    My wife and I drove from Raleigh NC (6 hours) to stay overnight Fri and Sat nights. I talked to several people from central Florida, Alabama, Tennesee, and Kentucky.
    It's definitely worth a couple of hours drive. I think more vendors should have come but some closed up their hamfest tours for 2021. I hope they open up again in 2022!

    Personally, I worked with a couple of locals in our project to run a 2-table indoor flea market space. We represented our off-the-grid text messaging project called TARPN which is trying to build a young-adult-friendly modern packet radio over VHF/UHF live chat and social media (No Internet!) network and attract contributors to that project. My wife was researching hamfest operations in preparation for participating in our Raleigh club's hamfest.

    Photos show about 1/2 of the indoor flea market space on Saturday.

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