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Tampa Radio Club Hamfest Saturday August 23, 2014


The Tampa Amateur Radio Club has another TarcFest set for Saturday, August 23, 2014 at their clubhouse on N. 22nd Street in Tampa. Admission is $4/person, with an additional $3 charge for a tailgate sales space. Parking is free at the field across from the clubhouse. Set-up begins at 7 a.m., with general admission starting at 8 a.m. Coffee, soda, and other food items will be available for purchase, in addition to the wide variety of electronic items, wire, antennas, radios, test equipment, military surplus, and just about anything electronic. Everyone is welcome....bring the family, and bring your electronic equipment for sale or trade. The event wraps up around 1 p.m., or until the last junque has been sold. This is a good event to get those odd electronic parts you can't find anywhere else.

TarcFest is easy to drive to, located on the east side of Tampa at 22nd Street. Take Hillsborough Ave. east to the stop light at 22nd Street, then just go north directly into the clubhouse area at the north end of 22nd Street. If you are coming on the interstate, take I-4 westbound to the Hillsborough Ave. exit, go west to the 22nd Street light, then turn north. If coming from I-275, again take the Hillsborough Ave. exit, but go east to the 22nd. Street light, then go north. The address is 7801 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33610. The link above takes you to the Tampa Amateur Radio Club web site, with maps, complete directions, and a pdf information sheet. See you there!

More Hamfests coming up:

The Pasco County annual hamfest / electronic flea market will be held on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Gunn Hwy. Flea Market at the intersection of Gunn Highway and SR-54 in Pasco County. There is an admission fee to the hamfest / flea market, but parking is free. This event is located on the grounds of the Gunn Hwy. Flea Market which has free admission. More information can be found here. This is a moderate-sized hamfest, getting a little bigger each year. If you are in the area, it is well worth stopping in to see what is for sale.

The Melbourne Hamfest and Flea Market is an ARRL-sponsored event beginning on October 10th, 2014 at the Melbourne Auditorium in Melbourne, FL. This is one of the larger radio events in Florida and is open Friday and Saturday only. Indoor sales, commercial vendors, and an outside tailgate sales area are also available. More information can be obtained from the ARRL website here, or you can go to the PCARS website for their detailed event information including space rental fees, admission fees, and map to the auditorium.

For general information on ham radio, licensing, and hamfests in other areas, check out the ARRL main web page here.

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