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Funniest Hamfest

Larry Watford (W4AUE) on April 18, 2012
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As is the case with any gathering, hamfest are usually - in my humble experience - a rich source of entertainment and humor to the serious observer. Please add your favorite to the thread.

Some years ago I attended a hamfest in the deep south where the noon temp inside the hog barn venue was pushing 115 degrees F.

It was the year of the ever popular "blinking LED' name/callsign badge.

An industrious vendor had an engraving machine and cornered the market. As the day went on, the number of blinking badges grew exponentially.

Not to be out done, one clever attendee - in a tank top, straw hat, shorts, and pink flip flops - retreated to the parking lot, removed his vanity call sign license plate and hung it around his neck with 1/4 " grass rope.

After a couple hours in the out side flee market in the August sun - he gave new meaning to the term - RED NECK!

I don't remember any calls with blinking LEDs - but I have never forgotten the car tag name tag! (NO - out of respect for a SK)

And then there was ...

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Funniest Hamfest  
by N8FNR on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
About ten years ago at the swap at Dayton I saw two very odd things. The first was a mine. You know like what is put into the ocean to blow up ships. Could not figure out a use for it so I did not buy it. Would have looked great in the front yard of my house though. Could have told the neighbors that it was art. Not sure if the XYL would have bought into that story.
The second was just as odd. There was a tray of these funny shaped stainless steel objects. They had a ball about 3 inches across and attached was a curved piece of metal with very large teeth ground into it. There were a number of these in various sizes in a big bin. I asked the vendor what they were and was informed that they were hip replacements. Not needing new hips at the time I did not buy any. Looking back now I should have bought a pair for the wife for her birthday. Now that would have been thoughtful of me!

Zack
N8FNR

 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W8OQ on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
At the Tucson hamfest last month a vendor was selling plastic bags of crumbling asphalt from the Dayton Hamfest outdoor flea market for $3. He did not seem to be getting much business.

 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by K6AER on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
At Dayton last year, I was selling Begali keys when the owner, Pietro said letís get a hamburger. We walked around the building for a shortcut to the food stands and we were about 50 feet away when we noticed this putrid smell. Pietro said the hamburgers donít smell very good. Then we spotted the sewer sink hole that had using raw sewage oozing in the parking lot. Just another special moment at the Dayton Ham Fest.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by AD4U on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
The guy who comes to Dayton every year, lives in his truck all week, never bathes, never changes his clothes, and never brushes his teeth. Stay at least 50 feet upwind from him.

Dick AD4U
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by N7XGR on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A genuine Autopsy Table with Red Encrustations
At the Dayton Ham Feast.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by AC7KZ on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
The ubquitous "smelly ham". Not funny, but everywhere.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KE6SLS on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!

We started doing yearly hamfests (HARC/RARC/FWRA/SHARC) and one year the venue was at the state fair grounds in Ferndale, California. Nice. Lots of venders and local tables and talks. The busiest table though wasn't ham related, it was tupperware! What a GREAT idea!

73
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W4KYR on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Dayton Hamfest last year when the sewer broke and spilled into the lot. Not long after this unscheduled 'event' the toilets inside the arena were no longer working...
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by K8TIY on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Yeah, "Lake Dayton" 2011 was the talk of the bus when we headed back north. What cracked me up was the 25 to 30 people standing around watching the sewage cleanup activities. C'mon guys, this is Dayton! Don't you have anything more interesting to look at than a giant puddle of pee?
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KG0SH on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Man, I have so much fun at hamfests...

The best one I did was towards the end of one hamfest. I had a tall sided box with a big pile of misc parts in it. Inevitably, some ham would discover the one part needed to complete their project pulling it out of the box with the satisfied look of a treasure hunter just finding a long lost shipwreck.

The following conversation would then ensue:

"How much for this bit?"

"5 bucks"

"What?"

"That's what the box costs."

"But...I don't want the entire box, just this."

"No problem. If you don't want the box, just put your part in your pocket and chuck the box in the dumpster over there. It' still a good deal."

"OK, sold"

He would then put the box next to the dumpster because by that time it was overflowing with junk and off he would go. I would then go get the box, put it back on the table. Almost immediately, I would here, "How much for this bit?"

I think I resold that same box at least 5 times!


 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KJ4FUU on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
At Timonium (MD) in 2011, I saw a "Dennis The Menace" tiddly-wink set for sale.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by W8AAZ on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Just come to Dayton once and keep your eyes open. Then you can write a book about this stuff. After 28 Hamventions, I am no longer suprised very much, but often amused. Heck, take pictures. So people believe you.
 
The SB-610 Monitor Scope  
by WA0ZZG on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Several years ago, my group got together and got one indoor table at the local hamfest. I ended up buying an old Heathkit SB-610 monitor scope that I found in the outdoor flea market for $40. Walked back inside with it and the very second that I put it on the table, somebody asked how much I wanted for it. Without thinking, I said $100. He paid me. Damn, I wanted to use it. So I took my money and went out to see if there was another. Found another for $60. Talked him down to $50. Paid for it and put the other $50 in my pocket. You guessed it. I took it back inside, put it on the table and somebody asked what I wanted for it. "$100". This time, the buyer says he will check back. So, I took the scope out to my car. It wasn't long, the buyer was back wanting to buy it. Said there was no other available. He assumed that it already sold and I left it that way.
Dave....
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KC1MK on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Some years back, not too long after 9/11, I dragged a non-ham friend along to the Belton, TX hamfest. My friend had had radioactive iodine treatment for his thyroid that week, and as we approached someone selling Geiger counters, we heard a counter going off wildly. The guy selling the counters was looking all around and appearing a bit panicked. As we got to his table, I saw he had a scintillation detector, which had picked up the radiation from my friend's throat from some 40-50 feet away. Once I explained to the guy what was going on, we all had a good laugh.
My friend and I each bought a Geiger counter from him, still works fine to this day (I have three Geiger counters now).
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by K8TIY on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
They're handy gadgets to have around, aren't they! I just have one, a Ludlum with a pancake (I drool over the scintillation probes but they're doggone pricey) and I've had a lot of fun with it. When we cleaned out my Mom's cousin's house after he passed away I must've hauled out 6 or 7 plates with Uranium glazes and at least one piece of green glass that got the meter's attention.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by AB0RE on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
"C'mon guys, this is Dayton! Don't you have anything more interesting to look at than a giant puddle of pee? "

Umm.... that wasn't pee you were looking it.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KF9ZA on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Back in 1994 I went to my first Dayton Hamvention. Most of the indoor commercial booths were are being "manned" by you typical middle aged male ham. One vendor selling Weather stations decided to get attention to his booth by employing two very attractive young women who were handing out brochures. The booth was at the end of a row, so not only were hams bumping into each other staring at the "booth babes" but a few actually failed to make the row turn and bumped right into the wall.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by VE3FMC on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
by AD4U on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
The guy who comes to Dayton every year, lives in his truck all week, never bathes, never changes his clothes, and never brushes his teeth. Stay at least 50 feet upwind from him.

Dick AD4U


Would that not include more than just that guy? I remember my first trip to Dayton. I live in SW Ontario and man I thought I had traveled to the back woods hills of Kentucky!

Bib overalls every where. Hard hats with 2 meter duckies mounted on them. One guy must have had 8 HT's hanging off a big old belt he had slung over his shoulder.

Don't get me wrong, didn't bother me but I thought I was in redneck country!

BTW, I think I have seen your guy at hamfests in SW Ontario :)

 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KG6YV on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
OK, many years ago when the South bay area swap "du-jour" was held at Foothill College monthly in Los Altos, CA I remember two rather entertaining "features" of each and every swap meet.

First there was the lady who would blow a very bad rendition of reveille on a bugle to attract buyers to her large table of items. If you were within 50 ft. when she blew that bugle, you lost your hearing temporarily.

The other was a nice gentleman who sauntered around buying stuff dressed in a full tuxedo with tails and wearing a tall top hat/ He was undoubtedly the best dressed buyer every meet.....

Those were the days,

 
Funniest Hamfest  
by K3ANG on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I once went to a hamfest (Howard County, Md) that featured a belly dancer. I think it was in the mid-1980s.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by W8ATA on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Two years ago at Dayton I came across one of the boxes of junk by a dumpster that KG0SH was talking about. I dumped it in my back pack and took it to my car across the highway. Back home I scavenged a bunch of knobs off the stuff. I keep offering them at a good price to my buddy for his new Flex 5000 but can't get him interested.

73 and see you next month at Dayton by the dumpster.
Russ
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KB2FCV on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A few years ago at Dayton I saw someone dressed in a fox suit. Not sure if that was funny or just plain strange.

 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by WB0U on April 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Representatives from the NSA who where recruiting individuals who could copy Morse at 10 wpm and touch type at 30 wpm for overseas assignment.

Their booth stood out because of the professional trade show portable folding displays.

Photography of the NSA individuals was politely discouraged.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by K0RS on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Several years ago I took a box of odds and ends to a hamfest and marked "Free" on the box. It yielded some treasures up to several passers-by who found things for their various projects. Near the end of the hamfest I threw the remaining items into a dumpster. Sure enough, a number of hams went dumpster diving after the remains. I guess the stuff was more interesting when retrieved from the dumpster than when it was free on my table.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by WD9IDV on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
The saddest thing I saw was a ham radio operator at a hamfest selling a table full of old, dilapidated shoes.
WTF!!! It was funny. Sad but true.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by NT2F on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
W8AAZ said: "Just come to Dayton once and keep your eyes open. Then you can write a book about this stuff. After 28 Hamventions, I am no longer suprised very much, but often amused. Heck, take pictures. So people believe you."

There is a "People of Walmart" web site that is interesting (strange, weird, Ö).

Perhaps a "Hams of Dayton" web site?
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by W8AAZ on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Yea, Dayton is a sideshow but the carnival aspect is secondary to the radio stuff and parts I go for. So I still would not miss it. I said 28? Wrong? Only missed one since '73, or was it '74? If they still have someone doing a streaming live cam online, you can set at a safe distance and watch it, too.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by WA4SCA on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Years ago, when digital clocks were still a novelty, there was a guy who went to major hamfests. The Azimuth Clock Company, or something close. He always had 2-3 young women, very attractive, and wearing clothes which managed to set off their charms. I remember one guy telling another that he bought a clock. When asked what he bought, he replied, "I don't know. I was too busy just looking."
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by K8QV on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Let's see.... plastic dog poop, flying pigs, childish craft jewelry, computers that probably once ran on steam, camo hats, and an endless parade of large smelly things on electric wheeled scooters.

I'd be afraid and ashamed to take a normal person to a 'fest with me - they'd never understand (and neither do I).
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W2LJ on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
One of the "coolest" non-Ham things I ever bought at Dayton were two small, red nylon "flags". These were about 1/2 inch or so wide by about 4 inches long. Embroidered into (or part of the nylon) were the words "Remove Before Launch". I was told these were the safety pins from some old Navy ejection seats. They may, or may not have been; but they looked like the real deal and made for a good story to shack visitors.

W2LJ
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KB9BPF on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Unfortunately I've been unable to attend Dayton for several years now, but one thing in particular sticks out in my mind.

My best friend Scott N9JIJ, who had recently become an emergency medical technician, and I were wandering the flea market one fine morning. He got a few tables ahead of me but came back with a grin on his face and said "Come see this!"

He led me to a space where there was this odd coiled thing in a glass case. He said "Look!" I didn't know what it was but obviously he did and it amused him greatly.

When my ignorance became evident he explained that the object under glass was an endoscope. I still didn't understand, so he had to elucidate a bit, that it's what a doctor uses to look "where the sun don't shine".

OK... I guess my mind was still on the HV ceramic disc capacitors I had been looking at because I still didn't really see what was so funny.

"What would someone do with an endoscope they got at a hamfest? I wouldn't want to go to a doctor that got their medical devices at flea market. <grin> Or if they aren't a doctor..." <snicker>

I was beginning to catch on now. Amateur radio, amateur aviation, amateur astronomy, amateur photography, even amateur psychology... all things that I knew of, but not Amateur Proctology! <Guffaw!>

The guy at the space saw us and came over to the glass cabinet that held our attention. I think he'd heard our speculations regarding the possible destiny of this flea market endoscope. He said, rather primly, that it could be used to look in pipes and other confined spaces. <more snickers>

To this day when we attend a hamfest together one of us usually brings up the flea market endoscope we saw at Dayton...
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KD5SFK on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Dayton...2005...stainless steel speculums. I have photographic proof but this is a family website!
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by N0LOH on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
My name and callsign was announced as a door prize winner. I had never won a prize at a hamfest before. I hurried to the stage to claim my "prize." A battery for a cellphone that went obsolete years ago. Woot!
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KC7MF on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well I bought a Swan 500CX for $80.00 from a guy who said it would receive but that he couldn't get it to transmit. It did when I put finals in it. (Not replaced them but put a pair in the empty sockets.) In Tucson a guy was selling one inline skate. At every hamfest there are 2,246,380 used computer speakers. At Phoenix I bought Paul Simon's Graceland CD. At a hamfest long ago a guy was selling tiny little X-band radar transmitters that looked like garage door openers. You can't imagine how much fun you can have with one of those on the interstate. Then there was the guy at Phoenix who had about a dozen hats with various callsigns on them for $10.00 each.

The most amazing thing I have seen at a hamfest was a real working transceiver for less than it cost new. Oh. And it was NOT they guys "back-up" rig. Imagine that.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by WD9IDV on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!

"Funniest Hamfest
by K8QV on April 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Let's see.... plastic dog poop, flying pigs, childish craft jewelry, computers that probably once ran on steam, camo hats, and an endless parade of large smelly things on electric wheeled scooters.

I'd be afraid and ashamed to take a normal person to a 'fest with me - they'd never understand (and neither do I). "

I agree with K8QV.
I would be down right ashamed and embarrassed to bring a non ham. Brought my kids once, and they both were laughing. No wonder why the have no interest in the hobby.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by WD9IDV on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
One more thing...
I do not even bother with the local hamfests anymore.
Waste of time and money. Too many trailers of 1960's and 1970's old computer parts. What a joke!

I love the hobby still, but the old days of a good hamfest are gone.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W5OKL on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A few years ago the Oklahoma City hamfest was held in a building at the OKC Fair Grounds. Apparently a few days before the hamfest there had been a horse show in the same building. There were at least a million more flies in the building than people attending the hamfest. They were issuing a fly swatter for each flea market table (er, make that fly market table).
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KE7FD on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Dayton a couple years back it seems and before. There was this guy walking around with a battery pack, FT-857 plugged into a 1kw amp, fed into a Little Tarheel all mounted on a back pack. I don't think the antenna would take that much power but still, even whatever large amount of power he was running couldn't be healthy. Didn't see him last year; wondered if he was getting the chemo to go with his radiation treatment.

Add that to the list of bad ideas.

g

 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KE7FD on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Right after I got married, I took my young bride to the Ft Tuthill Hamfest outside of Flagstaff, AZ (I think the venue has changed now..?) where I [thought] I would see if she might gain some appreciation for my hobby and perhaps take an interest too. When we got close enough, a buddy of mine was on "our" simplex frequency and talked me into the parking lot. As we pulled he said he could see us (I had a white car back then) and was walking towards us. I could not see him yet for all the humanity walking all around us as we crawled at 2 mph towards the lot. Then in horror I spotted him coming towards us: He had a plastic ball cap on his head with two cans of soda strapped to the sides and plastic tubes coming down to his mouth. I looked right, I looked left, I even looked in the rear view mirror to see if I could back up but there was just too many people around me. I knew if my wife saw this guy it would be over; no way she'd ever change her mind about what kind of people we were.

As he rested his elbows on my open window, and said to follow him, my heart sank and for good reason. We followed him to a place to park when my wife said, "And these are your friends? O K ...)". Nothing has changed in her opinion in over 30 plus years.

Glen - KE7FD
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KB9AMM on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
"Back in 1994 I went to my first Dayton Hamvention. Most of the indoor commercial booths were are being "manned" by you typical middle aged male ham. One vendor selling Weather stations decided to get attention to his booth by employing two very attractive young women who were handing out brochures. The booth was at the end of a row, so not only were hams bumping into each other staring at the "booth babes" but a few actually failed to make the row turn and bumped right into the wall. "

The following year, my company had that very same booth. Myself and another gentleman manned it all weekend. We are both rather "stout" to say the least. OK, we are a couple of real hams, I mean "porkers" anyway, the story continues, several hundred persons came by the booth looking for last years "BABES" and our reply was, " Its us, We had sex change operations!" It raised a couple of eyebrows, and had quite a few laughs!!
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by N9LCD on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A Six-Mater Club fest in the "grove" at the old Santa Fe Speedway after it had rained a day or two earlier.

When you stepped into a muddy rut, you had to make a positive effort to pull your feet out of the mud, one at a time. Good exercise for the leg muscles!

N9LCD
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by WD4ELG on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
RARSfest in Raleigh in 2003. Took my XYL and her single lady friend in to the covered building.

I got distracted by an HF yagi that was set up, so I wandered off. She went with her friend to look at computers.

After 10 minutes in there and one of the hams who had not bathed in recently, following the two of them between the flea market tables, they exited quickly.

I never saw them leave, I was too absorbed with the HF toys.

When my XYL came back later to retrieve me, the ticket taker said "Ma'am, you need to pay to enter." She said "I already did pay the first time. You think I WANT to go BACK in there a SECOND time? I am here to get my husband. If you won't let me in, I will leave without him."

She scurried in, took me by the elbow, and hurried me out. Her friend refused to come back in.

Since then, the XYL does not go with me to hamfests.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by N9AVY on April 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A few years ago at the DeKalb hamfest, spotted a somewhat overweight ham wearing a gray sweatsuit complete with "skid marks" on rear. Ewwwww !
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by G3LBS on April 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
My wife and I paid to go into a local hamfest and my wife immediately asked for her money back and got it.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by K9MHZ on April 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
>>>>by KE7FD on April 20, 2012 Dayton a couple years back it seems and before. There was this guy walking around with a battery pack, FT-857 plugged into a 1kw amp, fed into a Little Tarheel all mounted on a back pack. I don't think the antenna would take that much power but still, even whatever large amount of power he was running couldn't be healthy. Didn't see him last year; wondered if he was getting the chemo to go with his radiation treatment. Add that to the list of bad ideas. g<<<<


There was a couple that year who had backpacks.....maybe the same guy? Anyway, the girlfriend half was wearing a backpack with a complete repeater and antenna. I was stunned....dufusses like those two should not procreate. The hobby is infested with Asperger's Syndrome goofballs.

 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KG2V on April 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I don't know, I've gotten some good buys at a local ham fest, of course FEW of them were ham releated

First, I was walking through a local fest, and I look down at the ground, and there is a woodworking vise on the ground, I look down thinking, "No, it can't be..", so I ask the guy "How Much?" $10 - I don't think my wallet stopped smoking for days. Walked it RIGHT back to the truck - It was an Emmert K2 Pattern Makers vise. When you can find one, they usually sell for around $300

Last year, different local fest, buy had a pair of VERY heavy duty custom made machinary cross slides - calibrated to the .001. I'm a part time machinist and could use them for a jig. $25 each (there was a pair) - They are sitting in my shop making me money now

So those who say "you never see anything good at local hamfests" just are not looking
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W4PC on April 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
thats was Gus, W4GUS. He always wore his auto tag around his neck
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by G3RZP on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I got a lovely condition 10 inch Mitutoyo vertical height gauge at Dayton the other year for $15.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by KF4HR on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I guess this might be considered funny to some folks...

Years ago I managed to talk my xyl into attending a February Frostfest, outside temp was around 25 degrees(F). We got there a few hours after the event started. As we walked toward the main building we passed a heavy set bearded ham carry a large boat anchor of some sort walking in the opposite direction. It looked like streams of snot had been dripping into mustache and beard for the last couple of hours. He grinned as he passed us with his prized goodie. That was the last time I got my xyl to attend a hamfest.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by WA3YAY on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I'm kinda tired of seeing the knitted doggy sweaters being sold next to the coax connectors.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W4VR on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I've been to a couple of Dayton hamfests and the usual thing I see are old men, fat and ugly, oxygen tank in hand from too much smoking, helmet on their heads with rubber ducky on top. What a sight.
 
RE: Funniest Hamfest  
by K9MHZ on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Yep, and what's with all of the scooters there? Everywhere you turn, some lardass is zipping around in a scooter. They're making a killing renting those.....doesn't seem to be a limit in numbers, either.

America today.

 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W8JII on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
years ago at a local hamfest a guy was selling paint cans filled with dirt and imprinted on the side was "PORTABLE GROUND". Not terribly funny but an hour or so later as I passed the table I noticed he had sold about half of them------------that is funny!
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by W4XKE on April 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Friends came to visit on the weekend of a hamfest I wanted to go to. So I asked them if they'd like to go? We got up early and drove for an hour to get there. After looking over some electronic parts tables for a few minutes they asked, "Where's the ham?" They thought it was like a pumpkin pie festival or something.

Went to Dayton and the 2nd day there I got the urge to do a #2 really bad. I got in a line of other guys in pain and waited my turn. Finally at the front of the line, I was about to bust and a stall door opened and I rushed in.

When I fastened the door and turned around, I almost puked. HARA Arena doesn't have commercial toilets. They have the household type with the reservoir on the back and I could hear the water running through and the flush valve wasn't closed. That thing hadn't been flushed since the day before!

The toilet was full of crap all the way up to the seat, intermingled with balls of toilet paper and the smell would gag a mule.

Unable to wait through the line again, I just deposited my load on top of the others, exited and passed the next customer anxious to take my place.

I understand that all the toilets there are in the same condition and that's just part of the hamfest flavor. I have cleaned out hog barns that weren't as nasty and disgusting as that place.

Haven't been back. I'll just buy the stuff I need new off the internet and save the gasoline, hotel, food, admission and suffering. There's nothing that I hope I will ever need that badly.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KC9IHR on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Although my wife is not a ham and really has no interest in the hobby she does support my interest in the hobby and does attend hamfests with me. On our first trip to Dayton, about six years ago. we got there as soon as the doors opened. By noon I hadn't bought a thing but she had about three bags of things like Avon makeup and other Avon products,jewlery,socks,a sweat shirt. She looks forward to going to going whenever we can. :)
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KF7NN on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
i used to frequent alot of hamfests in AZ and always saw this one guy with a blue button up shirt, black pants, black loafers and a huge straw hat, he never changed his clothes over the 10 years i been going, so fast forward 15 more years i went back to AZ and went to the flagstaff hamfest again, heck if the same guy wasnt there with the same clothes on.-- it was creepy.
 
Funniest Hamfest  
by KF7NN on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
i used to frequent alot of hamfests in AZ and always saw this one guy with a blue button up shirt, black pants, black loafers and a huge straw hat, he never changed his clothes over the 10 years i been going, so fast forward 15 more years i went back to AZ and went to the flagstaff hamfest again, heck if the same guy wasnt there with the same clothes on.-- it was creepy.
 
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by K9FON on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Used toilet seat and bags of socks at the Fort Wayne hamfest..
 
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by K9FON on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
KF7NN yeah crap like that is why i have lost interest in ham fests.. There is -NO EXCUSE- for lack of hygeine, and I refuse to be around those that ignore it... I dont know why some (more like 65%) hams feel the need to not take care of themselves.. Its no wonder the general public looks at us like we are freaks and weirdos.
 
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by K9MHZ on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I went to a hamfest in Germany several years ago and wow, what a difference. Everyone was dressed like what we might consider as business casual at work; clean, and well-groomed. NO ONE was obese, not a single person. The facility was also clean and well maintained. The hams there couldn't have been more friendly, and the social aspect of it was every bit as important as buying or selling.

What I admired most was the level of experimentation. Due to their socio-political culture, they didn't have large plots of land to live on, so VHF-microwave experimentation was quite popular. They definitely know what they're doing.

Then later, back here, and of course being treated to the sewage river at Dayton. I honestly don't know why any foreign ham would ever want to experience the Dayton Hamvention, but many do, so God bless 'em. I can only imagine what stories they tell when they return home.

Americans and American hams have absolutely no clue how blessed we are in so many ways, but instead choose a slovenly, low-class lifestyle. It's not about privilege or wealth, it's all about dignity and self-respect.

Sigh.....
 
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by K9FON on April 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
It is really sad. Those of us that DO care about ourselves are given a black eye by those that just dont give a darn... We are all about being "professional" but how can we be when all you see at a hamfest are severly obese, nasty, smelly, funky, just outright gross people!!?? If we dont change our ways ham radio will always be looked at like what it is now, a sad pathetic joke..............
 
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by G3RZP on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
It doesn't help that the Hara Arena is way past its sell by date. In fact, it's well past its 'get bulldozed' date.
 
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by K8AXW on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have no idea why but I've had nightmares for the past few years similar to your real life experience.

I have to do a #2 and every time I visit the restroom ALL of the commodes are full to the lid, some are running over the floor, some are full with no seat....strips of toilet paper are all over the floors which is running water.

I must have been at Dayton in another life!
 
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by KU4UV on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Several years ago there was an adult film star that came to Dayton, I don't remember her name, but no one I had ever heard of. Also, Texas Towers had some rather well-endowed ladies at it's booth at Dayton one year that turned a lot of heads. You name it, it can probably be found at Dayton!

73,
KU4UV
 
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by KU4UV on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Hey, watch what you say about people from Kentucky. Them thars fightin' words!

KU4UV
Richmond, KY.
 
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by KU4UV on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Now that IS funny! Thank the Lord I have never had to do a #2 at Hara. I do feel your pain though, the restrooms at Hara are nasty.

73,
Mike KU4UV
 
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by K4JC on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Sometime in the early 80's I went to the Frostfest in Vienna, VA, and boy did it ever live up to its name that year! As I recall it was held in January. The outside temperature was probably 20 degrees, and some time during the night a drunk driver had knocked over a power pole. Needless to say there was no heat or light inside the building, so it wasn't much warmer inside, but a large crowd was actually looking around the fest with flashlights. Talk about dedication!
 
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by K8AXW on April 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Took a new ham to a hamfest. He wanted to see if he could pick up a used laptop computer. We couldn't find any one the grounds but noticed a old, battered pickup truck in the parking lot with two of the scroungiest guys I've ever seen in the back doing something.

We checked this out and found these guys had a load of defunct electronic toys. They were stipping them down and reassembling them with parts that worked and selling them.

The also had a few pieces of computer gear in the truck and so my buddy asked if they had any laptop computers. One said, "We just happened to have one!" He pulled it out from under a rag and after a lot of haggleing my buddy paid him for it we left.

About a 100 yards from the truck my buddy turned around to look at the truck and back to me and said, "Al, wonder why those guys are changing the license plates on that truck?"
 
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by W4XKE on April 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A few years ago I was following the Dayton Hamvention activities online via the live video link that has texting comments alongside. The morning of the opening a ham went into a porta-potty and while he was in there, his Yaesu FT-50 slid off his belt and you know where it went!

He said he lifted it out by the antenna and held it at arm's length while he carried it to the inside toilets at the arena, where he rinsed it off in a lavatory.

He offered it for sale online for $50 and said it had a new battery pack and came with the charger and some other accessories. He said it still worked. (Maybe Yaesu could use that in their ads... LOL)

That thing got sold and re-sold and passed around until we all lost track of where it went. Then ALL the Yaesu FT-50s that were for sale were suspect and wouldn't bring more than $65 in whatever condition.

Can't imagine putting that HT up to my mouth to talk into it! Yech!
 
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by N1DVJ on April 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
You may get a kick out of this...

http://now.msn.com/living/0219-toilet-cell-phone.aspx


 
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by N4NLQ on April 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Vince,

That was the FrostFest in Richmond, Virginia and I had the "pleasure" of being the club/vendor liason person that day. The job involves walking around the arena insuring that the vendors were happy.

Of course with no power we couldn't even annonunce the reason for the power outage nor an estimate of how long it would be off. There were very few wiondows in the building so we had no choice but to open the doors for light. Yes, it got VERY cold.

That's a chance we take holding a Hamfest in mid-winter but we've been lucky so far and it has become the mideast's largest winter show.

Thanks for reminding me of that day...as if I could ever forget it!

Allan - N4NLQ (WA4ADX at the time)
 
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by K9MHZ on April 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
>>>>K4JC on April 24, 2012....The outside temperature was probably 20 degrees, and some time during the night a drunk driver had knocked over a power pole.....<<<<<

A drunk driver and a hamfest....there has got to be a connection there.

Excellent story!
 
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by AB7KT on April 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
"I'm kinda tired of seeing the knitted doggy sweaters being sold next to the coax connectors. "


This thread ought to clue you in as to why stuff like this occurs.

I have never understood why guys can't just be guys. Why can't you go to hamfests with other hams (people who want to be there, people who you can discuss ham radio with, people who you can discuss the stuff for sale, you latest project, the latest DX you worked.... people who GET the whole experience) and not feel the need to take a woman who has absolutely no interest in ham radio (or whatever activity you happen to be going to) to the event. As you read these replies you see some of the results. The result in this case is supposed to be funny IF you don't ask yourself why they were there to start with.

Another result is that other people set up booths with products intended to entertain the wives that some guy make the mistake of bringing and these products have absolutely nothing to do with ham radio.
 
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by N1DVJ on April 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
And your point is...

Ok, it's a HAM RADIO flea market. NO FOOD! No donuts, no hot dogs, no coffee, no drinks, no snacks...

Yeah, I've heard it before. Guys to the extreme that don't even want computer parts there unless it meets THEIR definition of what a computer for ham radio should be.

As to the wifes, some people have partners that want to be involved. Even if they aren't going to be hams themselves. What's next, checking for a license at the door?

 
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by G3LBS on April 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have the answer - the same one that cured ham and ham radio - incentive hamfests.
 
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by WA3YAY on April 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A buddy of mine and I went to Hamcation in Orlando and didn't experience the bad toilets, endless scooters, arts and crafts or wall to wall BO. Actually pretty good hamfest.
 
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by K4AX on April 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I'd have to say seeing the turds explode out of the sewer at Dayton 2011 takes the cake.
 
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by W4AUE on April 27, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks guys for the comments - I have never made it to Dayton for the "Hamvention" - don't think I ever will ... based on these comments. Kinda confirms what you hear on 75 most evenings - Hams are full of it!

Sounds like an opportunity for a "deodorant" booth too!

73 and have a great 2012 Hamfest Season!
W4AUE
 
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by G3RZP on April 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
The booth at Dayton that always makes me grin is that of 'The Suspender Man'.

In the UK, 'suspenders' are what you guys call 'garter belts'.
 
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by K9MHZ on April 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Suspender Man may be true in his advertising. It is Dayton, you know.
 
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by W4XKE on April 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
That's a funny fact... that we Yanks don't speak the same English. It can lead to some hilarious and embarrassing incidents.

Car hood = bonnet
Car trunk = boot
Battery = accumulator
Semi-Truck = articulating lorry
Drunk = pissed
etc., etc.

My friend was stationed in the U.K. in the Navy and was asked to go to a formal dinner to represent the United States Navy. He was asked to speak and tell something about the States. In the course of the story, he mentioned that he had swatted his wife on her "fanny" and everyone at the table gasped. (Apparently that's a different part of the anatomy there.)

When dinner was over, the hostess stood by the door wishing all the guests good evening. When my friend approached her she said, "We enjoyed your story Mr. Melbourne. You be careful on your way home and do keep your pecker up."

It was time for my friend to gasp in amazement! Again, it was a different part of the anatomy that was being spoken of. Apparently it is an expression similar to our, "Keep your chin up."

He said he was so embarrassed that he could feel his skin get hot all the way down to his shirt collar. LOL
 
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by N1DVJ on April 30, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Travelers need to be careful. Especially Americans. Not just language and slang terms, but actions...

Trying to hitchhike by sticking your thumb out in some parts of the world can be worse than standing along the LA freeway and flipping all the drivers with your longest finger!

And don't even think about making a circle with your index finger and thumb and showing it to someone to indicate "OK"...

Americans need to learn the culture where ever they go...
 
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by G3RZP on April 30, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Not only Americans......all of us.

Other countries, other names. In Australia, flip-flops are thongs. Durex is scotch tape: in Europe, it's brand of condom.
 
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by K7NG on May 1, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Two things - one funny and one kinda scary (2 different hamfest/flea markets, by the way):
Funny - As I was walking by a fellow just setting up opened a box to display about 2 dozen 10dB, 100W attenuators, brand new in the box. He was asking $20 each so I used all my money and bought 5. He sold out in about 5 minutes, and I sold 4 of my 5 for $30 each before I finished walking down the aisle. I actually had people pull on my arm asking me to sell them.

Scary - A gentleman who looked as if he had not seen bathwater or a washing machine in a few months had a badly crumpled piece of some kind of military equipment for sale, a $150 label on it. As I've witnessed equipment being 'de-milled' by running over it with a truck, I assumed that this was what I was looking at. Out of idle curiosity I asked him what kind of equipment it was. His complete reply was, "Are you going to buy it or not?" I responded that I just wanted to know what it was, and he informed me that he was going to 'kick my a**." At the time I worked out regularly, ran marathons, was a skydiver and scuba diver, and was 2 years out of military service, where I had some 'interesting' assignments, so I was not immediately panicked by the threat. The gentleman changed his mind as I walked away (keeping an eye on him as I left).
 
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by KC8RWR on May 1, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
To all the mentions of using a toilet at Dayton...

If I have to sit down I leave before it's urgent, go somewhere else and come back! Don't wait or you will regret it!
 
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by KASSY on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
First dayton I attended, Icom had hired teenage-looking girls who wore pink bathrobes. Funny? Maybe. Sad that it actual had the predicted results...as if the middle-aged hams who'd never seen the inside of a gym thought they'd get anywhere with cute girls in bathrobes

Every dayton - hams who look one day short of a heart attach chowing down on state fair food in the food courts...one could make a public service video out of that

k
 
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by K9MHZ on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Or a video for a whole team of shrinks to study. Not just the 30-minute, once-a-week shrink, but a whole team of experts studying that curious specimen known as the ham operator.
 
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by K9MHZ on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Or a video for a whole team of shrinks to study. Not just the 30-minute, once-a-week shrink, but a whole team of experts studying that curious specimen known as the ham operator.
 
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by K9MHZ on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Or a video for a whole team of shrinks to study. Not just the 30-minute, once-a-week shrink, but a whole team of experts studying that curious specimen known as the ham operator.
 
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by KK8ZZ on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well, not "funniest" but maybe "FUNNEST" -- way over on the east side, Saturday afternoon, great bunch of guys guys playing guitar and banjo and maybe something else under a big tent, lots of fun, big crowd gathered, calling themselves the "Ham Band" - hope they're ALWAYS there !

KK8ZZ

 
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by KC8WUC on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Perhaps not the funniest objects, but rather the most ironic. Three years ago while attending the Dayton Hamfest while walking around the parking lot sales tents I came across an old 1" type C reel to reel VTR (1980's era broadcast recorder) that I used in the mid 1980's while working at WOIO 19 in Cleveland. A short while later I came across an old Spectra Physics He-Ne laser I operated at the old Sea World park in Aurora, Ohio in the late 1980's. I had thought about buying the laser, but my wife would kill me. The isolation transformer and power supply while working, would take a lot of overhauling and taken up valuable real estate in my garage. Plus, I'd have to wire the garage for 440V and cut down a bunch of trees in the backyard in order to set up the laser.

Michael KC8WUC/WDE9344
 
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by KC8WUC on May 3, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Perhaps not the funniest objects, but rather the most ironic. Three years ago while attending the Dayton Hamfest while walking around the parking lot sales tents I came across an old 1" type C reel to reel VTR (1980's era broadcast recorder) that I used in the mid 1980's while working at WOIO 19 in Cleveland. A short while later I came across an old Spectra Physics He-Ne laser I operated at the old Sea World park in Aurora, Ohio in the late 1980's. I had thought about buying the laser, but my wife would kill me. The isolation transformer and power supply while working, would take a lot of overhauling and taken up valuable real estate in my garage. Plus, I'd have to wire the garage for 440V and cut down a bunch of trees in the backyard in order to set up the laser.

Michael KC8WUC/WDE9344
 
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by K9MHZ on May 4, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
KASSY, here you go....

http://www.hamsexy.com/cms/?cat=10


 
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by KASSY on May 6, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
How could I forget!?!?

Last time I was at Dayton, was leaving the hamfest with another ham I'd met. Sunday, listening to the talk-out. The purpose is for people to ask for directions out of Dayton, but hams being hams, many got on to talk even if they had nothing to say other than "I didn't win anything but it was a good show" or "I'm not coming back, it's too expensive."

One guy "checked in". He was hard to understand because his audio was pinched and distorted, I think over-deviated, too. He went on and on about having a lot of traffic at his booth, and based on his superior knowledge and wisdom, he knew that the club probably made a lot of money, people were definitely buying...he had to say these things a lot because his audio was hard to understand and net control was asking for repeats. He said something about "I must not be getting into the repeater well", but he was getting in just fine. We even switched over to the input freq and heard him strong, but still really lousy audio.

We hadn't heard him ID at first, but we heard him ID at the close of his self-congratulation. K9EID, Bob Heil, the audio guru.

That wasn't so much funny as sad.

- k
 
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by W2MV on May 7, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Years ago there was someone at Dayton selling "Smutware."
The woman at the table (probably abandoned by her ham husband to look around) appeared to be extremely uncomfortable. She looked really thrilled to be there.
 
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by K4JJL on May 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Aside from selling a service monitor at a hamfest, the most money I've ever made at a hamfest was selling $5 Jersey Breakfast Sandwiches (Taylor ham, egg, cheese on a hard roll w/ a cup of coffee). Set up my EZ-UP, plastic folding table, Coleman stove, etc. Got out my cast iron pans and started cooking at 6AM. Made $400 off $125 worth of food. Best part was getting the stink eye from the food vendors.
 
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by W2MV on May 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I also like the guys selling cold bottles of water at reasonable prices (50 cents or a buck) instead of the inflated food vendor price.
 
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by WB5JNC on May 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
A few years back a fellow had a bunch of cheapie (think "Oriental Trading" etc. catalogs) toys including some battery powered tethered airplanes on his flea market table. His "demo" unit's altitude was a bit low as it made its sweep out into the edge of the aisle. Several passers-by who weren't paying attention came very close to experiencing a "Kamikaze" moment....

73, Al
 
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by KC0KEK on May 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Some things never change: www.eham.net/articles/5599
 
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by KX9RJ on May 9, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
My very first hamfest was at the Kane County (IL) Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Fox River Radio League in 1984. There was a kitchen sink AND a toilet for sale!
 
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by SV1ENS on May 10, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Ive been to all kinds of hamfests with strange stuff being sold but you get used to it after a while in small local hamfests, however seeing wallets, belts, beads and Tupperware in Europes largest hamfest (Friedrichshafen) was a real turnoff...
 
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by G3RZP on May 11, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Back in late 1950s and 60s, there was a regular hamfest in Derby, (UK). One feature was fairly big prize draw, always run by Tommy Darn, G3FGY. There was always a laugh or two, especially with some of the prizes. One year, they had no less than 6 lavatory seats! The same year also had a 112 pound bag of coal - quite a reasonable prize in the days when most people had coal fires. It was won by G5CP. The irony was that Ron worked for the National Coal Board as it then was, and got free coal as part of his employment!
 
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by VO1AU on May 16, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Prostitutes!

The first time I went to Dayton was in 1981. I was an innocent lad of 21, and a budding contester. I attended all the contest and DX-oriented hospitality suites, hoping to meet and learn from many of the contesters I'd met over the six years I'd been a ham.

At one suite of a well-known US contest club, one very drunk and quite prominent contester hired three outrageously trashy prostitues. They were "on the house." I saw a succession of other well-known contesters, of all ages, disappear with one or another of the prositutues and come back to resume the chatting.

It was an eye-opening experience. And no, I didn't.

That drunken idiot has since died.
 
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by K8LEA on May 18, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Haven't been to Dayton since 1973....

It was rather nice then, but nothing special. BIG, though.... I ran into some friends, but that was about it, and five hours each way was a heck of a ride.

The guys from my club used to go every year. I never quite got comfortable with sleeping on the floor in a cheap motel, and my irritable bowel doesn't like "Lord Knows" food, either. There's a nice hamfest in Warren OH that's a whole lot closer....

I _almost_ bought a camera in Dayton that year, but by the time I decided that I was going to take the $175 home anyway, and walked back to where I'd seen it, it was gone.

Quite a few years later, at the Warren Hamfest, I spent what little savings I had on a Regency "Trans-scan" (8 channel scanning receiver, six channel transmitter, hi-band, push buttons and cute blinking lights). Then I told the wife what crystals would cost.... THEN, I get a call that I'd won the Bird Wattmeter door prize, but no element was included 'cause they figured we'd want something goofy anyway.... That was even more fun to explain.

The Trans-scan, btw, barely received, and only slightly better transmitted.... My club repeater, which should have been "why are you using an antenna" was barely there, and I could almost hit it.

One of the transistors in the receiver somehow had a lead that was a right-angles to the transistor's case. Soldering that back took care of he receiver. Not great, but not bad. Some proper tuning into a dummy load fixed the transmitter. No idea.... But that does explain the price being kinda low. Then I noticed that the reverse polarity protection in the DC portion of the power supply was blown.... (It has an AC supply, and that's all I wanted, so no harm done, but....)

I suppose somebody, somewhere, was chuckling at screwing me over (if he knew), but it worked for years....

The wife, btw, has been with me to a couple of the smaller local gatherings. She likes the few "women's" tables. Could be worse, I guess.

 
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by AB9KT on May 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
We used to have a hamfest here at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Many times during those years people would wander in and ask where the ham was. It didn't help that we were sharing the fairgrounds that weekend with the Illinois Pork Producer's Show!
 
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by KJ6NWU on May 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I was probably 14 when I picked up a PRC-6 for a dollar, either Evansville, IN, or Henderson, KY. Later, when I opened it up to figure out the power requirements, I found it contained several "airplane bottles" of J&B. Not sure what ever happened to the bottles (wasn't me. I never got it working, but that PRC-6 lived in my car during the cell-phone craze of the late 80s & early 90s. Nearly caused a few accidents from people gawking.
 
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by KC8KBK on May 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Pimp and two prostitutes at Hamventions in the late '90s. Good times.
 
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by N9AMI on May 27, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Oh you got that right on the potty back up wow! That sealed that I would never go there again.

I find most ham gatherings no matter of the swap variety or whatever are a vast sea of the biggest geeks to walk the earth. I can't believe that people actually go though life like this. Dressing 30 years behind the time. Take a shower in the last week? Hell take a shower in the last month? Out of shape slobs. Do nothing but live life under the fake apron of the ham radio sport. Get a life!
 
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by N9AMI on May 27, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I also remember KG6YV Greg wearing a shirt that make him look like he was a bumble bee! Buzz Buzz
 
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by KB8ASO on May 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
At Dayton this year I saw a Eico 955 capacitor tester for $350.00, Tektronix 475 scope well used $850.00, Fluke 97 scopemeter $900.00, Drake TR4C for $1000.00. There were more items than I could list here that could be purchased BRAND NEW (even with sales tax applied) in the arena for less than the USED price in the flea market. What are they smoking?!

Randy AB9GO
 
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by K8CPA on June 2, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Hamfests are pointless. Last time I went to one; I almost got into a fistfight with a LID op, who made the fatal mistake of trying to challenge me to a fight.

Have not went to one since.

With Ebay and online ordering, hamfests are pointless anymore.

Just sayin'

73 es GUD DX.

-Chuck K8CPA

 
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by K4TIN on June 2, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well, the other year at the Birminghamfest I happened by a vendor who had some interesting, brass handmade keys. He asked me if I was a code man; I replied that I was a piece of one.
He then asked me if I had a half hour to spare to which I replied in the affirmative. So he got up and asked me to sit down and mind the store while he went to a forum.
Not that much of a risk for him, I suppose.
 
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