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SPARCFest 2017 Recap

A picture of the SPARC table with various items for sale
SPARC Silent Key Items for sale

One could not have asked for better weather for the annual SPARCFest this year. The event was held at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park on Saturday November 11, 2017. As usual, even though the official start is 8:00 AM people start congregating around 6:00 AM to setup and some even to grab early bargains—although sales really start at 8.

Three SPARC members catching up on things.
SPARC members swapping lies…
A wide picture showing the ARRL table in the background and the coffee table in the foreground
Looking towards the ARRL table…

This event continues to grow in popularity due to the time of year, comfortable weather, lack of rain and free admission to buyers and sellers. This year drew the largest crown yet with many people selling gear including a great selection of HF gear. SPARC offered coffee and doughnuts, cold drinks and sausage biscuits (new this year instead of the SPARC Dogs).

Tom NY4I and Paul KA4IOX deep in debate on grounding techniques.
Tom NY4I and Paul KA4IOX deep in debate on grounding techniques.

SPARC had a large numbers of items for sale due to an increase in Silent Key sales for which the club was asked to help. SPARC sells silent key equipment (most on consignment for estates) to both help out the families of those recently departed hams and it also helps fund club activities for the year.

A new thing this year was a drone fly-over of the site.

Tom AI4QP manning the doughnut table
Tom AI4QP manning the doughnut table
Ron KP2N and Bob N2ESP at the sinking SPARC table
Ron KP2N and Bob N2ESP at the sinking SPARC table
At the VE testing tent...
At the VE testing tent…

 

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