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Telford Hamfest & G-QRP Convention 2018

Sunday 2nd September 2018
Another successful event - thanks to all. A new exhibitor said afterwards. . . ."Many thanks to you and everyone for a brilliant Telford Hamfest/GQRP rally." and a visitor said "My first attendance at a radio event in many years, and it was a lovely weekend!"

Likely DATES for 2019:-

Saturday 31st August 2019: G-QRP social and Buildathon at Telford. tbc

Sunday 1st September 2019: Telford HamFest at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale TF8 7DX Opening 10:15 am. tbc

Telford & District A.R.S. are delighted that the 13th Telford Hamfest takes place this year in September, co-ordinated with the G-QRP Convention which last year transferred to Telford. We are indebted to the famous Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Staff at Enginuity.
A list of Exhibitors can be found on the left hand Navigation Menu. As Bookings are made, this will be updated for the current year. The HamFest opening time will be 10:15.
The Special Features page is also worth checking out. Our special guest speakers have given us their presentation details. As a taster, we are experimenting with a trans-Atlantic live, interactive session with "Solder Smoke", featuring Bill Meara (N2CQR) and Pete Juliano (N6QW) in the States, hosted by Steve Hartley G0FUW. There will be something there for everyone, with an emphasis on QRP operation and construction.

A few years ago we started a Flea Market in the outdoor area. More sellers took advantage of this facility last year. Tables are available at just 10 each on a first-come-first served basis. An advance phone call to Martyn on 01952 255416 would be very helpful in planning space.

Enginuity, right next door, is a fantastic Hands on Technology Centre, which invites visitors of all ages and interests to roll up their sleeves and get involved, with a special admission discount of about 30% for all people attending the Hamfest. Also the Museum Trust have recently opened a completely refurbished "Museum of Iron" on the same site - another place well worth visiting.

The Committee and club at TDARS are working hard in preparation for the 2018 event.The site offers more than just a traditional radio rally venue and we have developed a good reputation both for our exhibitors, but also the location and local attractions. The 2017 event saw increased visitor and exhibitor levels, testament to the quality of traders and venue.
The venue is just a few minutes (4 miles) journey south from the M54 (J6) at Telford and from other trunk roads.(Main parking Postcode TF8 7DX). See location tab for detailed directions.
PARK AND RIDE FOR 2018. This regular bus service costs just 1 (free to bus-pass holders and children) and operates during the holidays near the roundabout at the top of Jiggers Bank (A4169 - postcode TF4 3QE which is the normal route to Enginuity/Museum of Iron. It takes you into the site itself; first bus 9am. Return pick-up is on the main road just outside the HamFest (Enginuity/Museum of Iron) site. Highly recommended!
We have negotiated with the local Community Centre to use their limited car parking space, and for the first time, additional parking has been allocated in the Enginuity car park, by the railway arches. The main Enginuity Car Park is also right on the premises, and both areas will charge just 3 for unlimited parking. See also the Location menu page.
From feedback and given our experience over the years, almost all available space will be booked prior to the event. We anticipate that a good day will be had by all. You are welcome to respond on Twitter (@g3zme) or Facebook (telfordhams).