Wilkes Barre PA hamfest- Any good????

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by W3ATV, Jun 30, 2016.

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  1. W3ATV

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    I used to go there years ago- it was a nice fest. I am pretty sure it is in a different location now. Is it still a good hamfest or did it dwindle to almost nothing like so many others?

    Or maybe I should go to Harrisburg? Maybe both?!?!

  2. N3AB

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    I'm in the same boat. I'm now retired, so I have extra time to cruise the circuits. Like to know what to expect at both of these fests. Hoping someone can fill us in.

    73, John N3AB
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  3. KA0HCP

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    If you don't go, you can help it dwindle more! ;)
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  4. W3ATV

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    Well if N3AB John and I go there will be two. Any more??? Roll Call!
  5. K3XR

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    Been there many times but not in recent years they were held at what I believe was a county fair grounds don't know the present location. The internet has clearly had an impact on the number of vendors and buyers that show up at local hamfest in recent years don't see that changing any time soon.
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  6. AB3TQ

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    Never been to the Wilkes Barre fest, and didn't get there today either. Perhaps someone could let us know how it was.

    Saturday was my first visit to the Harrisburg fest at the Harrisburg Area Community College
    Fire Training Ground. I don't know how grand hamfests were in the good old days, but I was quite satisfied with the Harrisburg fest. Thanks to the W3UU club for hosting an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for my 120 mile round trip. I went because a friend was going. I would gladly go back again any time.

    Glenn AB3TQ
  7. W3ATV

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    I arrived at 8am and was ticket #176. My best guess-timate there were 60 sellers. Nothing like years ago, but still bigger than a few I have been to recently.
  8. N3AB

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    I was at both the Harrisburg and the Wilkes-Barre hamfests. As expected, hamfests these days are much smaller than they were many years ago. But I was still very pleased with both fests. Kudos to Harrisburg for their excellent parking assistants. There was no way anyone could get lost in the parking areas.

    Wilkes-Barre was very good too. Lots of door prizes (no, I didn't win anything). They had one outside seller there with tons of parts, assorted in bins. Anything from knobs to antenna connectors, wire ties, miniature amplifiers...you name it.

    Spent some $$$ at both hamfests and will be back to both next year, if the good Lord allows me.

    John N3AB
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  9. WC3A

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    Wilkes Barre is in a new location. Not hard to find. Yes its smaller hen it used to be but what fest isn't.
    Still a good fest to go to. Nice to see old friends and meet new ones. I got a few things to round out my station.

    Dave, WC3A
  10. WA2AAR

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    when is this hamfest? This pass Sunday I went to Sussex NJ fest and it was a good one.

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