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Speak Out: Hamfest Oddities:

A contributor asks, "What is the strangest thing that you have ever seen at a Hamfest?"

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KD5JX on 2005-08-21

Great attitude, "wierd like me" , but I'm one of the fat guys with out a motorized cart. Love radio and the diversity of those in the hobby , that is what makes it great. We talk to hams for years without ever seeing them . If we could see each other , we may never have spoken, radio relieves the pressures that are put on us in person.

N2MWE on 2005-07-16
The strangest thing I've seen at hamfests are people actually selling radio equipment!

AD7DB on 2005-07-05
I forgot one. This was at the last Fort Tuthill hamfest in Arizona in 2003. (This hamfest has since relocated to Williams AZ.)

Guy trying to sell a used IC-706 MkIIg. Besides wanting too much for it, he told me it needed repair. The finals were wrecked and it only put out 5 watts.

I said, "Oh. So you turned it into an IC-703 without half trying."

The gentleman did not really appreciate that comment!

KJ7YL on 2005-06-21
I went to the SEAPAC Hamfest in Seaside OR last weekend. During the weekend I noticed that there was a lot used equipment for sale. I noticed a Kenwood TM241 for sale for 125.00 dollars.

One person had some used ICOM HF rigs and wanted almost the same prices as new radios. This person finally left frustrated because no one was willing to buy these rigs for the prices this person was asking.

This seems to be a trend of expensive prices for used radios, because the sellers do not do their research on new radio prices.

It is too bad to.

One good thing I did win a Kenwood TH-K2 Hand held as a door prize. What a nice Radio.


KJ7YL on 2005-06-10
"WA7NDD on 2005-05-27
No young people for several hamfest in a row. A
sea of gray and bald heads. And I looked for them!


I tried to say the samething on a anothe r speak out forum, and was told that I was not really aware of what was going on.

I think that this is condidtion of the hobby. There is competition with the Ham radio cell phones internet ETC.

One ham told he is now using a cell phone to call home from his boat. Rather than using a repeater autopatch.

He said, "The cell phone is private, and I can be called back. Also the caller does not have to have a license to get ahold of me".

W4IKR on 2005-06-01
My wife and I (I'm extra she's general) attended Dayton in the mid 80's. On Saturday night we watched the news on a local TV station to see what they had about the hamfest. Back then there were close to 30,000 attendees. Who does the TV station interview? THE GUY WITH A RUBBER CHICKEN ON HIS HEAD! I swear this is true.

K9CSM on 2005-05-28
At the Dayton Hamvention 2002, approx. 0930hr.,on a hot Saturday morning there were
a group of Porta-potties about half way down
the center of the Flea Market. They stood on a slight incline. They showed signs of becoming "Overwhelmed". The liquid was running under many tables and many intent Hams ignored it as they unknowingly stepped in it , but I saw many noses twitch! It took several hours til the pumpout truck arrived so it did get quite interesting. To me, that was in fact a Hamfest Oddity. K9CSM

KY1V on 2005-05-28

To K7XV:

I was the guy with the nice looking woman!

David ~ KY1V

WA7NDD on 2005-05-27
No young people for several hamfest in a row. A
sea of gray and bald heads. And I looked for them!

N7RQ on 2005-05-27
I saw a ham with a ham at a hamfest. One ham was human (ostensibly), and the other a pot-bellied pig.

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