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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2018, 12:34:55 am »

Trader £52/table, clubs/individuals £32+£5 for electricity.
This is one of the things that killed many of the rallies in proper venues.
The only one I still go to is Dunstable Downs http://ddrcbootsale.org/  as it's just a big field, and tables are a tenner, so you get a lot of people using it to clear out their own stuff, which is where a lot of the bargains are.
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2018, 12:43:14 am »
BTW, there's a geek fleamarket in Didcot on 11th Feb....
11 FEBRUARY 2108 HARWELL RADIO AND ELECTRONICS RALLY Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road, Didcot, Oxon OX11 8AY (3 miles from Milton Interchange on A34) Doors open 10am to 3pm – admittance £3 (under 12s Free). There is free car parking with disabled parking and facilities. There will be traders, Special Interest Groups and an RSGB book stand. Refreshments available all day. Talk in on 145.550MHz (G3PIA). Details Ann (G8NVI) ann.stevens@btinternet.com.:[www.g3pia.net/radio-electronics-rally]

Added to calendar. 47 miles dead straight drive from me, assuming the wheels don't fall off the car. Thanks for the pointer. Got my ticket now so feel like less of an imposter at these events.

This is one of the things that killed many of the rallies in proper venues.
The only one I still go to is Dunstable Downs http://ddrcbootsale.org/  as it's just a big field, and tables are a tenner, so you get a lot of people using it to clear out their own stuff, which is where a lot of the bargains are.

And I'm going to be broke this year. Also added to calendar :)
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2018, 01:04:43 am »
Thanks for the pointer. Got my ticket now so feel like less of an imposter at these events.

Don't worry about that; so long as you either have grey hair or no hair, you will fit in.

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And I'm going to be broke this year. Also added to calendar :)

See http://rsgb.org/main/news/rallies/  >:D
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2018, 01:33:22 am »
I have both grey and no hair at once :)

Already an RSGB member. I have been avoiding that page :)
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2018, 01:49:03 am »
I have both grey and no hair at once :)

Already an RSGB member. I have been avoiding that page :)

Ditto, and "oh good, this will be entertaining" respectively  >:D

Never could be bothered to become a ham, even when I was working on WLANs and cellular systems.
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2018, 02:03:32 am »
Yeah I never bothered either. I was running pirate CB stuff for years, then years and years of small illegal transmitters and lurking on the ham bands building receivers. Decided to build a transmitter. Turns out people ignore you if you don't have a call  :-DD
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2018, 07:59:06 am »
Yeah I never bothered either. I was running pirate CB stuff for years, then years and years of small illegal transmitters and lurking on the ham bands building receivers. Decided to build a transmitter. Turns out people ignore you if you don't have a call  :-DD
And Hams get upset if you ask them what their handle is...
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2018, 09:22:12 am »
Best one I found is replying to a question with "10-4 buddy". Fortunately the guy had a sense of humor :D
 

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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2018, 04:49:54 am »
As I noted in the TEA thread, I got to the Harwell rally today...

Did you get there? I did, and found it to be much larger than I expected, at least the same table area as at Kempton. As a bonus, the "big new" sales organisations weren't there, so it was almost entirely a good old-fashioned flea market.

I restrained myself to buying a ridiculous quantity of wire-ended neon bulbs, a big bag of bigger-than-normal resistors, six 50ohm SMA terminators, and a Tek 475 which sort-of-works but has 2 6062B probes, the service manual and a front cover. Total cost including entry was £29 :)

That makes me wonder whether I can be bothered to go to Kempton next April. I talked to someone that normally has a stand at Kempton, but he is not sure he will go either - both of us think the defunct November session is better.
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Re: UK : geek car boot sale (i.e. a hamfest), Kempton Park, November 5th 10am
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2018, 04:50:55 am »
Regretting not going now :)
 


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