National Hamfest 2014 was the biggest and best show ever organised by the Lincoln Short Wave club with help from other local radio clubs. Thousands of visitors descended on the Newark Showground over the two days at the end of September.
The main exhibition hall was full to capacity and resembled an Aladdin’s cave made just for radio amateurs. The event was busy both days and traders both large and small offered for sale the widest variety of components and equipment available, all in one location.
The car boot/flea market area was also very busy with visitors queuing at the gate ready to grab themselves a bargain.
The bring and buy stand was another popular attraction as were the many club stands and on demand Morse tests that ran throughout the show.
GB14NH was operating throughout the rally and was run by Camb-Hams on behalf of the Club. An impressive 1213 QSOs were logged that included 65 DXCCs over the two days of operation. Visitors were encouraged to operate the station and some jumped at the opportunity, one even bringing his own Morse key.
The RSGB was out in force and well represented with numerous committee stands. Ofcom was also kept busy on both days by amateurs seeking technical licencing advice and guidance.
A raffle took place on both days with over 20 prizes being won. The organisers would like to thank all the exhibitors who kindly donated the prizes.
Organising and running the National Hamfest is no easy task and the tireless efforts of the Lincoln Short Wave Club and other local clubs should not go unnoticed.
Months of planning goes into organising the show with preparations well underway for National Hamfest 2015. As the event grows each year, the organising committee are interested in any ideas you would like to see at the next show, please make your ideas known to Hamfest@rsgb.org.uk.