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Author Topic: Ham Club table at Gun Show?  (Read 122578 times)
K4RUM
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« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2014, 12:37:15 PM »

KF7CG  --

How dare you hijack this thread by introducing an intelligent angle to this debate!
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« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2014, 07:19:32 AM »

Oh but there is so much one can do with this thread!
My personal favorite was "big gun station" but we can add:

A new band: "Guns n' Radios"

Modern Shakespeare: " Kill all the Lids"

80 and 20 meter SSB: " It's my frequency- right or wrong"
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K6CPO
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2014, 09:22:18 AM »

Oh but there is so much one can do with this thread!
My personal favorite was "big gun station" but we can add:

A new band: "Guns n' Radios"

Modern Shakespeare: " Kill all the Lids"

80 and 20 meter SSB: " It's my frequency- right or wrong"

Or "I'll give up my frequency when they pry my cold, dead fingers off the knob..."
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N4UM
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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2014, 12:14:11 PM »

Or how bout... "Radios don't communicate with people, people communicate with people."

  or... remember that song... "Don't take your radios to town son, leave your radios at home."

    or...  to paraphrase Mae West..."Is that an HT in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"

      or, best of all,  how bout... "Guns - when all else fails!"



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K9AIM
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« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2014, 10:18:04 PM »

I could see Barney Fife on 75 meters talking endlessly about the importance of keeping your weapon close at hand and modestly pointing out what an impeccable marksman he was  Wink

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AF5DN
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« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2014, 06:16:58 AM »

Just to get back to the original question.  I think Ham at a gun show would draw interest and possibly new members.  The Disaster Preparedness community (Preppers) is always looking for ways to improve their post SHTF communication skills.   Most Preppers are also very much into going to gun shows.   I have read RACES training that could have been taken right out of a Preppers hand book.
I would say go-for-it!
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W3WN
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« Reply #36 on: August 07, 2014, 10:22:26 AM »

Just currious, has anyone set up a club table at a gun show?
Did you get any interest?

Do you guys think it would be worth while?
My club hasn't, but the Washington County (PA) club, WACOM, has had a club table & operating station set up at their local annual sportsman's show for years.

They've always done quite well with it, but I don't have all the details.  Check their website (www.wacomarc.org if I recall correctly) and see if you can get a straight answer to your question(s) there.
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W4FID
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« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2014, 05:27:55 AM »

the gun table at a hamfest is a catchy idea but think it through first. Ham tables don't have involved legal issues for just their presence. Licensing and use -- yes -- but setting up a display even with actual gear no. However guns do. Know the state and local laws and requirements before you step into that arena.
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N1DVJ
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« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2014, 09:22:07 AM »

I could see Barney Fife on 75 meters talking endlessly about the importance of keeping your weapon close at hand and modestly pointing out what an impeccable marksman he was  Wink


Just remember, Barney had to leave his bullet (singular) in his pocket!  

How many episodes do you remember Andy ever picking up a gun or having one in his hands.  I seem to recall only one.

Oh, and I have seen firearms accessories at hamfest.  And I know of one gun club that has a ham shack.
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K0OD
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« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2014, 10:12:04 AM »

How about encouraging kiddies to blast away on an Uzi as a way of getting them over to the radio table? Appeals to both girls and boys as we've seen recently.

9-year old girl:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11057775/Nine-year-old-American-girl-accidentally-kills-shooting-instructor-with-Uzi-submachine-gun.html

8-year old boy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgxAJ8x3x8k
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K6CPO
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« Reply #40 on: August 27, 2014, 10:43:34 AM »

How about encouraging kiddies to blast away on an Uzi as a way of getting them over to the radio table? Appeals to both girls and boys as we've seen recently.

9-year old girl:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11057775/Nine-year-old-American-girl-accidentally-kills-shooting-instructor-with-Uzi-submachine-gun.html

8-year old boy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgxAJ8x3x8k

In light of these incidents, keeping ham radio separated from firearms as much as possible is only to our benefit.  Once the anti-gunners associate guns with ham radio, they're going to come after us as well. 
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N1DVJ
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« Reply #41 on: August 27, 2014, 11:53:04 AM »

I can think of a few hams that Barney would be a better model than...

As to guns, as with almost all aspects of life, there are going to be issues and problems.  The solution is not to hide guns from kids.  It's not to glamorize the gun culture.  Or especially the 'gangsta' culture with demanding respect for those that are least deserving of it.  Instead, teach kids about guns the right way.  Show them they can be just as dangerous as Dads radial arm saw if not operated correctly.  Show them that guns are nothing more than a tool except with a long reach.

Take away the mystique.  Show them the right way and safely.

Don't let kids be infected with hoplophobia that is prevalent in a lot of adults, but don't let them go the other extreme either.

My stepson was 'guns guns guns' at a young age.  I took him to the range and he fired just about everything.  He quickly decided guns were no big deal, and the only thing he was even slightly interested in was clay pidgeons.  

Like I said, take away the mystique, and teach them the right way, and safely.

Oh, my other two kids shoot.  My daughter loves shooting target with her pistol.  My son shoots everything, he's in the Marines.  But he plunked down serious scratch for a Benelli double barrel shotgun.  I guess he gets the rest of his shooting fix from all the USMC toys.

Oh, and it goes without saying, as someone already said, be aware off local laws.  Some don't make sense, but they are still the law!
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W7HBP
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« Reply #42 on: September 13, 2014, 05:49:43 PM »

Agreed, ham radio and law abiding gun owners seem to have the same DNA. Many hams I met are or were military and radio communications may have started in the service for them.

Maxim machine gun, silencer, proximity fuse, all great inventions from hams.

I might add, in addition to being an ARRL life member, QRZ life member I am also an NRA life member at the benefactor level.  Wink 
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« Reply #43 on: September 16, 2014, 10:53:28 PM »

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Maxim machine gun, silencer, proximity fuse, all great inventions from hams

The Maxim gun was invented by Hiram Percy's (W1AW) father, Hiram Stevens Maxim. H.P. invented the silencer which probably came about because his pop tested his first machine guns in the basement of the family home. Wonder what that sounded like upstairs or at the neighbors'?

"all great inventions" Huh
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KD6NIG
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« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2014, 10:09:19 AM »

I'm guessing you could.  I've never heard of a gun show or a ham radio swapmeet having restrictions as to what can be sold, though I'm guessing depending on the state, you'd have to have the proper permits or have to comply with the law if you were selling actual guns or ammunition, depending on the local laws.

I've gone to a few swapmeets and similar where hams were selling cases for cell phones right alongside cases for HT's and stuff like that. 

There used to be a gun show in Sacramento at Cal Expo that was a Gun and....Doll show.  Dolls and sewing and household stuff in one half, guns and other stuff in the other half.  They are probably still doing it, haven't lived there for over 10 years. 

But I remember going and people selling all kinds of stuff.  I remember seeing a lot of jewelers and people selling crystals you hang in windows for decoration and stuff like that too...on the gun side.
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