Wow, I really feel sorry for the organizers and vendors who went to the VA Beach Hamfest.
This is exactly why we decided to sit out this year. Besides, we went to the Baltimore Digital Communications Conference instead. That was better suited for our product line. I just had the feeling VB was going to be a ghostfest this year.
Previous years it has been held at the local community college, after leaving the VB Convention Center to the first time. It was dwindling down year after year. The people running the local community college were absolute pills to deal with (as a vendor coming in for load in/out).
We attended last year when they came back to the VB Convention Center. I was there early for load in and the open space was already kind of telling of what the show would be that year. I spent more in gas, than I took in attending. I was not happy that they sprang an enormous electric drop fee on me at the last minute. Without it, I would have been dead in the water since 95% of my products require an on-site demo to show you what they are and how they work.
I was licensed in VB at the age of 12 (mid 90's) and I remember the OLD VB hamfests, in the same venue back then. There is NO comparison to the VB shows today. Every major manufacturer showed up, AES, HRO and other huge vendors showed up. You could actually go around and price check a radio in at least five booths or more.
Those days are long gone
Jason Rausch - KE4NYV
RPC Electronics, LLCwww.rpc-electronics.com