The 43nd annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will open on Friday, December 7th, 2018, and run through Saturday, December 8th. It is time to mark these dates on your calendar.
Message from our President, Bill Williams.
Before going on let me thank all of the hams, clubs, vendors and organizations who attended and supported the Tampa Bay Hamfest in 2017 and the 41 prior years. It is only with your support that we can continue to present the hamfest and West Central Florida Section Convention each year in December. While the Council and volunteers work hard each year to organize the event it ultimately succeeds only because of the support of vendors and hams alike.
Let’s look at the 2017 Hamfest. While the weather was less than agreeable during the hamfest the attendance was about the same as last year. Tailgating was more affected. Some tailgaters were able to squeeze into the Expo Hall. Though damp and cold, some hardy tailgaters braved the skies and sold outside, I commend them for their effort.
We are now at the beginning of our year of preparation for the 43rd Annual Tampa Bay Hamfest. We will again have the event at the Florida Strawberry Festival facilities, on December 7th and 8th, Friday and Saturday. We hope you can attend and help support amateur radio in the Bay area again this year.
The redesigned website (www.fgcarc.org) has been geared toward easy access to our various functions and a very simple access to each and all of our officers using the Contact Form. Please feel free to contact us this way. We will try our very best to keep the website up-to-date and make it a source of information you find useful. Your ideas along that line would be helpful so please let us know what information you would like to us to include.
In the meantime, I, and all the members of the Council, wish you a very successful and happy 2018.
Bill Williams AG4QX
President Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council
Chairman of the 2018 Tampa Bay Hamfest and West Central Florida Section Convention
2017 Prize Winners:
As you can see, our website has a new look. We would like to keep the site up to date with new information as it becomes available. To this end we will add items of interest to local hams and to our vendors to this Home Page as they become available. Please keep checking in for this information as we add it. In addition we ask for your participation in this effort and ask you provide items and information you would like to pass on to our local ham community. Thanks in advance for your help.
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What is a Hamfest?
If you ask the all-knowing Internet that question you will get this answer: A hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and fleamarkets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.” Now that is all well and good and certainly describes the fundamental offerings of the Tampa Bay Hamfest but there is more than that, much more. What you can see at this Hamfest is a gathering of hams enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hams. This is the intangible benefit of this Hamfest and indeed all hamfests. We like to have the opportunity to gather and meet our friends from other parts of Florida and elsewhere. Please join us, vendors, clubs and hams alike, in celebrating our hobby – amateur radio.