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Old 03-11-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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Does anyone know of any locations in the area to go to get Amateur Radio Equipment, or other radio equipment?
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Near the water
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There was a ham-fest this past weekend and another one in Shelby I think in May? (I could be way off on that). It is my understanding from someone who has been in this a long time, this is the best place to pick up equipment and all of the bric-a-brac for it. There aren't any stores that cater to this hobby in the area, that I have heard them speak of.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Do a search for a forum member by the name of "Radio Ron".

Hasn't posted in some time, but I remember him being a Ham/antique radio collector located somewhere in the Wesley Chapel area.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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I just learned is....

Contact this man...if he does not have it, he will lead you in the right direction.

The WireMan - Your source for coax, connectors, wire, baluns,and more!
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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This past weekend's ham fest was awesome!
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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A couple of clarifications ... The Shelby Hamfest (which actually now occurs in Dallas / Gaston Co) is always on Labor Day Weekend (Sept 1 and 2, this year).

Wireman does not handle any radio equipment ... just the antenna-related items. And they do a good job of that ... at a reasonable price. I bought some cable from them on Sunday at the Charlotte Hamfest (which is now held in Concord). He has a sales area at all the local hamfests.

Between now and Labor Day, there are "local" hamfests in Columbia, Raleigh, Salisbury, Winston-Salem and Spartanburg (although it's now called the Greenville Upstate Hamfest). Rock Hill will have a hamfest in late September or the beginning of October.

From a post the OP made on another forum, I presume he is looking to buy his first ham radio (he just recently got his FCC license).

Neocharles - If you're looking to quickly get on the air, but unsure of what features you want in a ham radio, consider buying one of the discount handhelds available from numerous sources.

For $100-125, you can get a 2-meter / 440 Wouman or TYT handheld with decent performance specs and features. The only bad thing I can say about them is that the Chinese have a real problem with translating their radio manuals into English.

Once you figure out what you want in a ham radio, you can then spend several times more than the Wouman or TYT for the radio you REALLY want.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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Is there no Ham Radio Outlet near there?
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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A couple of clarifications ... The Shelby Hamfest (which actually now occurs in Dallas / Gaston Co) is always on Labor Day Weekend (Sept 1 and 2, this year).

Wireman does not handle any radio equipment ... just the antenna-related items. And they do a good job of that ... at a reasonable price. I bought some cable from them on Sunday at the Charlotte Hamfest (which is now held in Concord). He has a sales area at all the local hamfests.

Between now and Labor Day, there are "local" hamfests in Columbia, Raleigh, Salisbury, Winston-Salem and Spartanburg (although it's now called the Greenville Upstate Hamfest). Rock Hill will have a hamfest in late September or the beginning of October.

From a post the OP made on another forum, I presume he is looking to buy his first ham radio (he just recently got his FCC license).

Neocharles - If you're looking to quickly get on the air, but unsure of what features you want in a ham radio, consider buying one of the discount handhelds available from numerous sources.

For $100-125, you can get a 2-meter / 440 Wouman or TYT handheld with decent performance specs and features. The only bad thing I can say about them is that the Chinese have a real problem with translating their radio manuals into English.

Once you figure out what you want in a ham radio, you can then spend several times more than the Wouman or TYT for the radio you REALLY want.
How is the Shelby Hamfest in comparison to the Charlotte Hamfest? Is it larger? Or about the same? Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:47 AM
 
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How is the Shelby Hamfest in comparison to the Charlotte Hamfest? Is it larger? Or about the same? Thanks!
Shelby has more commercial vendors, but some vendors do both events (Ham Radio Outlet, MFJ, Wireman, RBJ).

Shelby has far more flea market vendors than Charlotte, but the Shelby flea market area is entirely outdoors (Charlotte is indoors).

Both are considerably smaller hamfests than when they were located at the Cleveland Co Fairgrounds, and the Old Colliseum on Independence Blvd, respectively.

The Shelby Hamfest is held at a Gaston Co park, just off Hwy 321. There is one main building with limited space for the commercial vendors. Some smaller vendors will locate in covered enclosures on the grounds.

The Shelby flea market area covers alot of ground. It is very much a tailgating atmosphere ... not only can you find whatever you're looking for, but you can do alot of talking, negotiating and learning.

Although I enjoy the scope of the Shelby Hamfest, any rain in the forecast is always a concern.

Weather is not a concern with the Charlotte Hamfest, which is totally indoors on Hwy 49 near Concord.

Personally, I also enjoy some of the smaller hamfests when the weather cooperates. The Rock Hill Hamfest has been held in the parking lot of a church just off I-77 the past couple of years. A few commercial vendors, 20-30 flea market vendors ... you can chat, shop and have a donut and coffee, and still be home for lunch.

People interested in amateur radio hamfests can find out additional information on most events via the ARRL at:

Hamfests and Conventions Calendar

In my previous post, I forgot to mention the Catawba Valley Hamfest in Morganton when referring to "local" ham radio events.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:51 AM
 
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Is there no Ham Radio Outlet near there?
Near Charlotte ? No, there is not.

The closest HRO store is in Atlanta. Although they do setup at both the Charlotte and Shelby hamfests.
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