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Stone Mountain Hamfest Nov 3 & 4
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:08:16 AM »
Stone Mountain Hamfest 2018 Information
Two full days for Ham Radio Extravaganza!!!!
Biggest Boneyard in the Georgia, over 400 spaces available, some with power. Overnight camping available
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Hamfest phone contact 855-786-8643
Hamfest website contact us.

Nov. 3-4, 2018
Sat: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Sun: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Again, this year’s Hamfest theme focus being Emergency Communication and Preparedness with a very heavy emphasis on ARES, CERT, and RACES groups as well as the radio communications with hospitals and other emergency support partners.
Last year our very successful “Go-Box Contest” gave ideas and practical applications of using your ham radios in an environment outside your home. We’re adding the topics of “Hams helping Hams”. Teaching our new hobbyist how important it is to work with each other, encouraging erecting antennas, running coax, and setting up their shack.
Featured Speakers will be:

•   James Lee, WX4TV Lessons learned from deployment in hurricane Florence and Michael, and Being a self-sufficient operator, Go-Kits, Antenna Options, and Power. ARES/RACES and the NVIS Antenna.
•   “Introduction to DMR and Best Practices for DMR users” by Kenneth Bryant K1DMR
•   Dr. John Kludt, K4SQC AMSAT Coordinator for Georgia
•   Greg Sarratt, W4OZK ARRL South Eastern Division Director
•   Faith Hanna Lea, AE4FH Youth DXpedition to South Africa.
•   Presentation of the 2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award to Ruth Willet, KM4LAO
•   Going Green with QRP by Rich Arland, K7SZ. Authored seven books on QRP.
•   Emcomm and Preparedness and Communication,   Steve Wisenburg, KM4CVU
•   DXpedition to Dry Tortuga working HF and Satellite, James Lea, WX4TV   
ON-SITE DMR Repeater Station, K1DMR, 443.0375+, CC 15, K4USD Network

Also, the Go-Box Competition will be a great place to display your Go-Box or get ideas for building your own, please have your members sign up and get more info at the below link.
Again, this year we will have early bird drawing for a signal link soundcard. Get your tickets and be registered for the early bird drawing at

Covered Boneyard available if the weather is bad.
Rain or shine Boneyard is open!!

Sponsored by the Alford Memorial Radio Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.


Re: Stone Mountain Hamfest Nov 3 & 4
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2018, 11:46:59 PM »
Thank you for posting this, I had no idea this was happening. I'm looking forward to being there. KN4BDX


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Re: Stone Mountain Hamfest Nov 3 & 4
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 04:35:04 PM »
OK I'll say it.....the HAMFEST was a least to me.... if you weren't buying high dollar big ticket items the vendors wouldn't even talk to you. HRO were the absolute rudest.....I stood there for 10 minutes and the guys wouldn't even acknowledge that I was there. They only talked to folks standing in front of them not folks looking at their wares. When asked some vendors a question they didn't have time unless it was a high dollar item. That is BS! So much for being friendly...... There is a lot more but I think I have covered the most of it.
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Re: Stone Mountain Hamfest Nov 3 & 4
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 07:53:51 PM »
Sorry to hear it.

I didn't get up into the main hall much. I didn't even make it out to the boneyard a whole lot - I walked out there to a dozen tables or so and thought "I'm shopped out"

I had nothing but positive feedback on my little corner of the world - had some vendors have to leave on Saturday because they got sold out - and had lots of positive comments about the club, and (blush) even a few about the job I did, which makes me want to do even better.
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Re: Stone Mountain Hamfest Nov 3 & 4
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018, 08:34:51 AM »
It was a nice day.  I mainly went there to see old friends.
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