The 46th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest is scheduled for December 10th and 11th, 2021.
Message from our President, Bill Williams.
2020 Tampa Bay Hamfest, outside edition
Well the 2020 Covid Hamfest is over with mixed results. The forecast the whole preceding week was partly cloudy and scattered rain late on Saturday. Friday was a beautiful day, perfect temperature and dry. The commercial dealers were all setup and ready for customers. Lots of people came in and set up for tailgate. Buyers were better than expected. Everything was going well. The primary field was pretty full and we have more spaces waiting for additional tailgaters on Saturday. Saturday morning at 7 AM the weather forecast was still the same, scattered showers late in the day or early evening. By 8 AM it was raining, not hard but persistent, it did not stop till just before noon. Many who arrived on Friday and spent the night started packing up since by mid-morning it was clear the rain would continue. Many left and few new tailgaters arrived.
The hamfest was not a disaster and we are glad we did it. We think the ham community needed something even if it was not up to the normal. The Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council did lose money but we expected to with reduced prices for sellers and buyers. The commercial dealers were all satisfied if not happy. They needed somewhere to go also. For several this was only the third hamfest they have had this year, hard to make a living like that.
The Council has special thanks for the volunteers who helped us put the hamfest on. Speaking of volunteers we always need some. Both during the hamfest, mostly to sell tickets, and also to help plan, organize and run the hamfest. If you are interested in becoming involved then please use the Contact Form at Contact Us (menu above) and let me know. Send any response to ‘President’ and I will be happy to discuss volunteer opportunities.
We wish you a safe New Year and better year and remind you to put the second weekend of December on your 2021 calendar.
Bill Williams, AG4QX
President of the Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council, Inc.
Chairman of the Tampa Bay Hamfest
We’re in a PANDEMIC,folks.
Please wear a mask at all times.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
Avoid close contact – maintain 6 foot social distancing
Wash your hands often
Avoid indoor gatherings
2020 Prize Winners
Saturday’s Grand Prize was won by Emilio Burgos WP4IVV of Orlando. Emilio won an Anytone AT-5888UVIII Triband 2M/220MHz/440Mhz Mobile Radio and a Comet Triband Antenna with a Mag Mount, delivered to him at Skycraft in Orlando.
Friday’s Prize, won by Michael Svardh, K7MLS, from NorthPort, was a PARADANradio PowerStrip 4 Plus.
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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