It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of one of our founding members, Dony Biggs, K4OFO (SK). Dony suddenly passed away at his home late this past Saturday night. Dony not only was one of the founding planners of the Greater Nashville and Middle TN HamQuest but was very active in the Wilson ARC, the Mount Juliet Simplex Society, and with Wilson Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Amateur Operations Team. More than any of this, Dony was a friend to us all. Please keep Dony’s wife, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.
Arrangements for Dony Biggs, K4OFO (SK): Visitation Friday, July 16, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM with the services at 2:00 PM. Dony is at Hermitage Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138
You may now download the HamQuest 2021 tri-fold flyer in PDF Format. If you want to print it from Adobe DC Reader, select “Print on Both Sides Flip on Short Edge” and “Print Actual Size” this will help ensure the best results.
Our Vendor Layout page is now online and has the latest information on where the tailgate area will be, Flea Market Booth layout and who will be where, and where each of our commercial vendors will be. You can find the link to the page under “Activities” in the menu above or by clicking here.
This week we were notified by the James E. Ward Agricultural Center office that due to much needed repairs and updates being performed on the Entertainment Pavilion it would not be available for HamQuest 2021 because of construction needs and safety issues this would present as the Pavilion is readied for this years Tennessee State Fair taking place just a couple of weeks after HamQuest 2021. HamQuest 2021 will still take place on July 31, 2021 at the Ag Center but we will be in different buildings this year. We will be directly behind (not in) the TN Farm Bureau Expo Center and are in the process of finalizing the new 2021 HamQuest Layout and will be posting more updates and layout maps as we get the new layouts finalized.
Due to the change in buildings, HamQuest 2021 Booths are currently SOLD-OUT. Everyone who had reserved a booth for this year’s HamQuest will have a booth in the new building. If you have reserved a booth for HamQuest 2021, you will receive an e-mail early this coming week with the updated booth layouts and other information you will need before coming out to the HamQuest. Likewise, our commercial vendors originally scheduled to be in the Cox Cabin and the Schoolhouse will receive both a phone call and an e-mail early this coming week with the changes we had to make to keep them close to the flea market action.
This year we are excited to welcome two NEW commercial vendors to HamQuest and the addition of another building for some of our commercial Vendors.
KM4MPF Sales will join HamQuest 2021 this year and will be inside the Cox Cabin across from the Main Pavilion. Many may remember Jim amd his crew from our fall tailgate this past November when he joined us and brought all the shiny new gizmos from West Mountain Radio, Comet, CCrane, Bioenno Power, and several others. They are also an Icom Authorized dealer and will be able to get you that new Icom radio you’ve been eyeing but putting off buying.
Debco Electronics from Cincinnati, OH will once again be next to the stage in the Main Pavilion
Gold Medal Ideas Ham Store from Buffalo Grove, IL will join TN07 Engineering in the Schoolhouse bringing our first ever embroidery, decorated apparel, and promotional item selections to HamQuest 2021.
We are also excited to announce that a local eatery will be providing our concessions this year. HamQuest 2021 welcomes the City Limits Cafe’s new food truck (trailer) as our food vendor. They will be located in the same location as the last food vendor beside the main pavilion (behind the Lion’s Club building and across from the restrooms.) City Limits brings al the foods you’ve come to expect at HamQuest.
New this year we will also have signs placed around the HamQuest to help point you to where all the great Ham Radio gear both new and used, Food, and Restrooms can all be found. We will also have a reserved parking area for our disabled friends with a state issued disabled parking permit that will bring them in right next to the heart of the HamQuest action.
The tailgate area will be located behind the Schoolhouse this year allowing for easier access to all tailgaters from a paved surface.
We are sad to announce that “Satellite Sam” Adams will not be with us this year due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. HamWorld, Inc. also has opted to not be with us in 2021. We wish both Sam and JT the best and hope to see them attend a future HamQuest. Please check back both here and on our Facebook page for further updates on who we will have in the Cox Cabin and the School Exhibit Building.
The Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest is extending an invitation to any EmComm/AuxComm group in any of the counties bordering Wilson Co. (Davidson, Sumner, Trousdale, Smith, Dekalb, Cannon, and Rutherford) that has emergency communications vehicles and/or trailers that are used in support of public events, disaster communications, community service, etc. to bring your unit to the HamQuest this year to be part of our celebration of all those amateur radio operators who give of their time and equipment to provide this much needed service to their communities. These communications assets may be owned by private individuals & organizations or by Municipal, County, or State Government agencies (EMAs, etc.) For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to know how many pieces of equipment, their size, and how many personnel will accompany it no later than July 1, 2021.
We have had some inquiries about reserving the booths that are shown as “Available” on our Vendor and Booth Information page. As a result, we are updating our reservations process this year. Currently, we are only taking reservations from those that had booths in 2019. Any booths shown as available are available to our 2019 booth holders only until May 31, 2021. On June 1, 2021 all remaining booths will be made available to anyone wishing to reserve booths. If you are interested in having a booth at HamQuest 2021, please e-mail us at email@example.com and let us know you want to be put on the wait list for a booth. We will then go down the list and contact those people in the order received until we are sold out. At that point any cancellations will be offered to those remaining on the wait list
We are excited to announce two new commercial vendors for HamQuest 2021. Both of these vendors will be located inside Building G (School Exhibit Building). We look forward to having “Satellite Sam” Adams, KG4JMN and Jim Gifford KM4MPF from KM4MPF Sales in Chattanooga, TN.
Many of you may know Satellite Sam from some of the big hamfests like Hamvention, Huntsville Hamfest, and others. We are looking forward to Sam being with HamQuest this year.
If you were with us at our November tailgate party, you will remember KM4MPF Sales was with us for that event. Are you looking for a new Icom Rig? You’re in luck! KM4MPF Sales is an authorized Icom Dealer and can get you that new rig and provide the required paperwork for warranty registration. He also has other great stuff from West Mountain Radio, Bioenno Power, RigExoerts, CCrane, AnyTone and several others. To check out what Jim has to offer, visit his web site https://www.km4mpfsales.com/.
Preparations for HamQuest 2021 on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at the JAmes E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, TN are well underway! We are pleased to announce that HamWorld, Inc. will once again be with us in the Cox Hospitality Cabin across from the main Pavilion. We have also confirmed that TN07 Engineering will be in the same location under the pavilion again this year. This year Gate admission will remain $5.00 per person age 16 and over and free for those 15 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Tailgate spaces will remain $10.00 per vehicle and will include 1 admission ticket for the pavilion area. The Side (larger) booth spaces with electricity will be $25.00 each and the center table spaces will be $15.00 each. Additional tables and chairs may be available for $10.00 and $3.00 each respectively. The price increase for the pavilion booths is to ensure we are covering our costs. If you were with us in a booth under the pavilion in 2019, watch your e-mail as we will be e-mailing all those who we have an e-mail for or calling you if we don’t have an e-mail but have a phone number on file. For the latest news on HamQuest 2021, please visit our web site www.midtnhamquest.com and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MidTnHamQuest.