View Full Version : Hamfest in Williams... July 18,19,20

07-16-2008, 08:47 PM
Anyone going? This would be a good place to learn about HAM and pickup a used or new radio for those in the market.

Here is the link: http://www.arca-az.org/arca/main/convention.asp

I think I will cruise up on Saturday to check it out.

07-19-2008, 09:40 PM
I guess no one else went.... Well you did not miss anything. This is the first HAMFest I have ever attended and may be the last. Perhaps my expectations were not correct as it was not what I expected. Icom was the only major vendor there and you could not buy from them at the show anyways. Other then some scattered around used equipment, mostly "boat anchors" there was nothing to see or learn.


-Drive was nice... long but at least it was out of the heat.
-Rained a little... always nice to have.
-Went to Flag and let the kids play at the park.

Cons of Hamfest:

-Not enough vendors... not even close (ICOM and 3-4 never heard of HAM stores)
-Not enough organization. Cars parked all over with stuff on tables in a gravel parking lot.
-Only 1 food vendor... local Kiwanis club. Come on... don't these people eat? Jeez some variety would have been nice. (Hot Dog, Hamburger or Pull Pork... that's it)
-Needed more learning opps and hands on. Did not see anything on APRS, WIRES, Echolink. I am a new HAM and it would have been cool to see some of the things possible.

It was my understanding that this was the AZ State convention. If ARCA is trying to kill HAM radio they are doing an excellent job. I realize that HAM is not a popular as it used to be but some things may have helped.

For example, how about combining the event with some other hobby? Perhaps a Jeep jamboree or something? They would compliment each other and introduce HAM to a lot of new people.

Food... you must have some quality food at these events. When I take the family out for the day they would like to eat something that actually is good and a variety.

Have something for the wives: Get some arts/crafts clothing vendors to come. Have to keep the wives happy while we check out electronics.

I'm sure there are many other things that could be done to bring more people. Are all HAMfest in AZ like this? I will be emailing ARCA to express my disappointment.

07-20-2008, 04:32 PM
Sorry to hear that. Most Hamfests are a flop, mostly just a reason to go and see your buddies. A lot of used JUNK and hardly ever any new stuff. I am suprised ICOM was there at all. T

he best one IMO is the one at Mesa CC in December. Even then by 10 AM all the good stuff is gone. Dont let this stop you from getting into Ham Radio, it is a great hobbie and a life saver for some!

07-21-2008, 06:38 AM
This won't stop me at all. I am hooked on HAM! Was just hoping for more from the HAMFest.


07-26-2008, 06:45 AM
That's a bummer. I've heard that the hamfest up there has really gone downhill since they moved it from Ft. Tuthill to Williams, but I've never been to either, so I can't compare.

I'm planning on going to this one Sept. 12-14. http://www.azhamcom.org/ It's the ARRL Southwest Convention. It does look like it is going to have more information and seminars than swapmeet, but that's what I'm interested in.

07-26-2008, 06:50 AM
Watch the QRZ For Sale Forum (http://forums.qrz.com/forumdisplay.php?f=7). It's active and there is some good equipment that gets listed on there. Watching Ebay sales is a joke. Some of the used junk goes for higher prices than you can get brand new at HRO. Also, if you haven't found out yet, HRO (http://hamradio.com/) near I-17 and Dunlap is where you can empty your wallet in a snap.