The 44th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will open on Friday, December 13th, 2019, and run through Saturday, December 14th. 

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Message from our President, Bill Williams.

Coming this year to our Hamfest. Just announced by ARRL –

“WCF SECTION PRESS RELEASE #19-19: NORM FUSARO W3IZ TO BE THE ARRL REPRESENTATIVE AT THE 2019 TAMPA BAY HAMFEST.

Norm Fusaro W3IZ will be the ARRL Headquarters representative at the 2019 Tampa Bay Hamfest and ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention. The 19th Annual ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention, will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Tampa Bay Hamfest on Friday December 13, 2019 and Saturday December 14, 2019.  For more information on the Tampa Bay Hamfest you may go to the Tampa Bay Hamfest website at http://www.fgcarc.org.

Fusaro is the Director of Operations at ARRL Headquarters and is responsible for the programs and services that create value for members of the ARRL. These programs include; DXCC and awards; LoTW; ARRL Lab and Technical Information Service; W1AW; QST and publications; ARES and Emergency Preparedness; Affiliated Clubs and Field Services; Regulatory Information; and VEC license exams. In addition to his work at HQ, Fusaro works with other IARU societies promoting on-the air activity.
Fusaro has been a licensed Amateur since 1984, is now an Extra class operator, and enjoys contesting and DXing and casual operating on the HF bands. Before joining the staff at ARRL Headquarters, Fusaro had taught many Amateur Radio licensing classes and has mentored dozens of hams.
Fusaro is originally from Pennsylvania and grew up in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. He and his wife Debbie, W3DAF now reside in Bristol, CT.”

END OF PRESS RELEASE

All the best in 2019. We’ll see you again in December.

Bill Williams AG4QX
President Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council
Chairman of the 2019 Tampa Bay Hamfest and West Central Florida Section Convention ARRL

2018  Prize Winners:

 

The 2018 Grand prize winner is  Gerald Rettler, WA4CSS, of 6639 Tailfeather Way, Bradenton, FL 34203

Gerald won a TYT 9800 Quadband 2m, 70cm, 6m, 10m FM 50w mobile radio bought from Ham World, and a Comet Quadband Antenna for it from Tower Electronics.

He says this is the first time he ever won anything  at a hamfest. 

Congratulations, Gerald. 

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The winner of the second Prize was Howard Massey, WB4NYT, of 107 Martha Dr., in Lake Wales, FL 33853

Howard won a Yaesu FT-70DR C4FM Fusion Wires X dual band 2m and 70 CM.

Congratulations, Howard.

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.

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