The 47th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will be held Dec. 9th and 10th, 2022

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THE HAMFEST IS NOW OVER. Thanks to all buyers and vendors who attended this year and made the 46th Tampa Bay Hamfest a success. The Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council wishes all a very happy and joyous Holiday season. Here's to a safe and healthful 2022 and a return to prosperity for all. .

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Message from our President, Bill Williams.

 

To all our friends in Florida and elsewhere, welcome.

Well, the year is almost over as we inevitably reflect on past events and hope for a better future. 2021 was in some ways a year of hope as we believed we were coming to grips with Covid19 with effective vaccines, a new Covid pill and so on. That hope brought us the 2021 Tampa Bay Hamfest as a full indoor/tailgate event once again. For that we are truly thankful. How Omicron might affect us next year remains to be seen.

We were all pleased to enjoy perfect weather this year. The sky was blue all day and not a drop of rain. The tailgate turnout was great as the temperature held in the 70’s to mid-80’s. This while a winter storm raged up north.

In the Expo Hall we had our usual activity with Ham World, Tower, Satellite Sam, PW Electronics, Signman, Nightfire, and many more sellers providing Ham equipment and supplies to hams from locally and out-of-town. Thanks to all who came and participated. Several forums were held and there was our usual license testing in the Armory.

Now we, the Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council (FGCARC), are planning for the 2022 Hamfest and also hoping for a safe and healthful year for all.

Again we ask our local hams to step up and volunteer to help plan and run the 2022 Tampa Bay Hamfest. There are always plenty of opportunities to help 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/

Signing off for now. All the best and a very happy and prosperous new 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

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2021 Prize Winners

Saturday’s Grand Prize was won by  Pedro Alicea, WY4A. As shown, he won a Yaesu Fusion FTM-300D with his lucky ticket. Congratulations, Pedro. See you again in 2022 and the best of luck.

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Tony Alvelo was the lucky winner of a Diawa SWR and Power meter on Friday’s drawing. Thanks for being a supporter of the Tampa Bay Hamfest, Tony. See you again in 2022.

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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.

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.

This effort will doubtless have its glitches and oversights so we always appreciate hearing from the sites users with constructive comments and advice. Click here to contact us.