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Author Topic: Hamfest in Manassas, VA  (Read 880 times)
KJ4CNN
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« on: June 08, 2008, 02:40:22 PM »

Did anyone go to this today?

I'd like to hear your review of this hamfest.  I was very dissapointed.  With $400 in cash in my pockets and a credit card aching to get swiped, I spent all of $19.

My impression was that, with the exception of a couple of  commercial dealers, this was just another extended flea market where old, old crap was being sold.  Not vintage ham radio gear, but crap!

One vendor left boxes of his stuff behind rather than haul it back home.

Very dissappointing.  I think I'll skip Frederick next week.

73

Ray, KJ4CNN
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2008, 04:07:12 PM »

You might get more responses if you repost this on the Hamfest Forum. Smiley

I haven't been to Manassas in three or four years, but the majority of these small hamfests are really just tailgate events. With the exception of folks like Joel at The RF Connection and and a couple of others, there are no manufacturer's reps or large vendors at any of them. Same deal with Frederick, Carroll County and so forth.

The only significant hamfest in the area is the Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computer Fest at Timonium the last weekend of March. Even there, with 12-14 thousand in attendance, none of the radio manufacturers come any more, although there are several large radio store vendors, and a large contingent from MFJ.

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Lon - W3LK
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