The 46th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will be held Dec. 10th and 11th, 2021
Message from our President, Bill Williams.
To all our friends in Florida and elsewhere, welcome.
We are well past the worst in the Covid pandemic and on the way to a much better year. This improvement puts us on our way to a more normal Hamfest in December and I hope you all have noted December 10th and 11th on your calendar. Our plans are to return to the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds for a full inside expo hall and an even better tailgate this year.
As always we welcome our many vendors and encourage early reservations as the Expo Hall space fills up quickly. Most vendors are particular as to where they want their booths and tables located so get your wants to us early on.
Responding to some of the ideas and critiques regarding the website, we have transferred the website to A2 Hosting for a faster page response and have employed an SSL Certificate to assure your credit card and other sensitive data is safe when ordering tickets and space. Our URL address is now https://fgcarc.org, the ‘s’ indicating a secure site.
Again we ask our local hams to step up and volunteer to help plan and run the 2021 Tampa Bay Hamfest. There are always plenty of opportunities to help FGCARC (Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council) and we welcome all who can assist in this once-a-year effort. Please contact me or any of our officers at https://fgcarc.org/contact-page/
All the best in the upcoming year.
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 follow the current CDC guidelines
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.
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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