This year’s National Hamfest was a great improvement over last years event – the organisers had pulled out all the stops to make this a truly national affair and very successful it was too. It was also a successful visit for the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society that saw eight new members join.
Friday was the busiest day despite the atrocious weather that put an end to any outside stalls and car-booters. We had lots of people visit the stand and take information back to their clubs. Saturday saw fewer people, maybe as a result of the vastly improved weather which saw Newark basking in tee-shirt temperatures. To counter the fewer visitors the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society embarked on a ‘visit the club stand’ walk, leaving leaflets and application forms to be taken back to be discussed at their next meetings.
We did meet a very nice couple who embroidered clothing for a living and they offered us some great prices for our new range of polo shirts that we hope to launch before the end of the year. We also held talks with the Worked All Britain (WAB) group about running an award scheme next year, more talks are planned for our next meeting at the Llandudno Rally.
So, all told we had a great weekend.