The 2013 Louisville Hamfest can be summed up in just a couple of words….. a smashing success. The weather was phenomenal and attendance reflected that fact. The indoor flea market stayed packed most of the morning and the tailgating area overflowed into a second row for the first time in a number of years.
Buyers were plentiful and lots of treasures swapped hands. The Greater Louisville Hamfest Committee has done a bang up job keeping the metro area hamfest alive and growing. It has shown consistent growth for the past several years.
The three main radio clubs in the metro area were well represented. The Bullitt Amateur Radio Society raffled off a Baofeng UV5R during the hamfest as a club fundraiser. The BARS club produces an occasional Tech in a Weekend class, all at no cost to the participants and maintains the 146.70 repeater, the weather spotting repeater utilized by the National Weather Service. The ARTS club had a corner booth that generated lots of traffic and club management seemed happy with the turnout. The Clark County Radio Club had their tables full of stuff as each year. These guys never fail to amaze me with the neat stuff to pick through and over and find that occasional treasure to take home.
One point….. radio clubs are what keeps amateur radio vibrant and healthy. They provide sources of information and elmering and a good club will always welcome the newby and answer even the seemingly most simple questions. If you’re not a member of a local club, make it a point to visit one or two and find one that supports your interests AND get involved.
The forums this year were excellent. The GLHA was able to secure a presentation from Glenn KE4KY, one of the participants of the Campbell Island DXpedition in November 2012. There was huge amounts of information exchanged and all seemed to enjoy the forums.
A huge thanks to Bob K4RVM and the whole GLHA staff. Without these dedicated hams this event would not happen. Hamfests, not only provide a great place to buy, sell or trade equipment but should be the biggest social event of the local amateur radio year.
GLH-2013 Prize Winners
IC-718 HF Transceiver with RT Systems Programming Cable and Drivers: Wildon Priddy, KA4FKU, Louisville, KY
IC-V8000 VHF Mobile with RT Systems Programming Cable & Software: Robert Harrison, Milltown, IN
IC-V80 Handheld with RT Systems Programming Cable & Software: Ron Diemer, W4MAE, Louisville, KY
Gift Certificate from RT Systems: Loren Kerr, AJ4CW, Louisville, KY
Gift Certificate from RT Systems: Bill Adams, KD4NSU, Bardstown, KY
$50 Gift Certificate from ARRL: Fredy Wagoner, KM4NI, Louisville, KY
$25 Gift Certificate from ARRL: Donald Geary, N4ZMC, Louisville, KY
$25 Gift Certificate from ARRL: Dave Hamilton, W4NZY, Louisville, KY
ARRL 2013/2014 Repeater Directory: Lean Rogers, W4JIG, Columbia, KY
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!