National Hamfest Report   October 14th, 2010

We attended the 2nd National Hamfest at the East of England Showground in Newark, Notts on 1st & 2nd October.

This was held in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall (pic 1) where we had the largest stand. (pic 2)

We had a special display for AOR, WiNRADiO and Flex-Radio. (pic 3)

The European representative for Flex-Radio, Klaus Lohmann, visited the Show with his wife. He is pictured testing a new Quasheng TG-UV2 dual-band transceiver outside the Hall before visiting the RSGB GB4FUN display vehicle (pic 4) Next year Klaus will bring the Flex-Radio display stand to the 2012 event.

Another visitor from Germany was Morse key maker Bob Kent, G4POY, who now makes his famous keys in that country. He is pictured with his grandson at the Show (pic 5)

Jeff Stanton said that he and his staff were very pleased to see so many regular customers had made the journey to Newark despite the recession. And support from Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu and the RSGB was vital for the success of the event.

Pic1. The George Stephenson Hall

Pic2. The Huge W&S Stand

Pic3. Our AOR, Tentec & FlexRadio Display

Pic4. FlexRadio’s Klaus Lohmann testing a TG-UV2

Pic5. Bob Kent, G4POY with his grandson

The Radio Society of Great Britain backed the new National Hamfest in October at the Newark Showground organized by Clive Catton, G1BSN of the Lincoln Shortwave Club.

Waters & Stanton had the largest display manned by six staff. They all agreed that the new venue was clean, light and airy with great potential for future expansion.

Our huge stand at the exhibition. Everything but the kitchen sink was for sale.

Everyone liked the venue for the new National Show.

¬†Icom showed sample of their new “all-round” transceiver the IC-9100 due in 2010.

RSGB General Manager, with Mayors of Lincoln & Newark at the opening ceremony.

Kenwood showed prototype of their long awaited new transceiver.

Jeff Stanton, G6XYU, Managing Director with Yaesu UK Sales Manger, Ailsa Turbett.

Chairman of Lincoln Shortwave Club, Jonathan Whiting, G6JUT buting his new Yaesu radio from Waters & Stanton salesman Simon Wilkinson M5AEJ at the show.

Hope to see some more of you at the next show, Llandudno 31st Oct ~ 1st Nov 2009!

National Hamfest   October 1st, 2009

Tomorrow Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd October the first ever National Hamfest (in association with the Lincoln Short Wave Club and the RSGB) is held at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire.

Waters & Stanton will of course be there, and Mark Francis, Jeff Stanton, Steve H, Steve D, Simon & James will be manning our huge stand, bulging with the latest products and bargains. We’ve also donated a Heil Headset to the prize draw.

We have produced a special National Hamfest offers leaflet, which you can pick up at the entrance or at our stand. Our stand is situated opposite the main entrance next to the meeting area / catering facilities, so why not pick our leaflet and study it while you take a load off & meet friends. Here is the floorplan: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk/exhibitors-clubs/

For more information visit the National Hamfest website: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk/ which features directions, a list of exhibitors, opening times & ticket prices. They also have a twitter account http://twitter.com/NationalHamfest

See you on Friday / Saturday!