The 8th Annual Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. This year, the HamQuest will be moving into its new home at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. We will be inside the newest building at the fairgrounds, the Made in Tennessee Building, a 20,000+ sq. Ft. Exhibit hall. For the first time in HamQuest History, ALL vendors, commercial and private alike, will be located under the same roof and in the same room in wonderful air conditioned comfort. With this move, we are bringing back one of our original features, “Club” tables. Amateur radio clubs, service groups (ARES, AuxComm, etc.), and other similar groups with a focus on Amateur Radio and its various aspects can purchase a table at a reduced the reduced rate of $5.00 per table which will get you one table, 2 chairs, and two passes. No sales will be permitted at these special rate promotional tables. We still have a lot of work to do as far layouts are concerned due to the fact that the building is not even quite finished as of this writing but we will publish the layout on our web site as soon as possible. The attached flyer hits the high spots such as contact info, times, etc.. Please feel free to pass on to your local clubs, nets, etc. You can also come by my table (Table #26) at the Tullahoma Hamfest this Saturday (3/11/23) with any questions or to sign up for a booth.
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The 8th Annual Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this year’s HamQuest. All prices will remain the same this year:
General Admission 17 years an up: $5.00
General Admission 16 years old and younger: Free
Flea Market Tables (One 8’x30″ table with 2 chairs and one general admission ticket): $15.00
Tailgating: $10.00 per vehicle (Includes one General Admission ticket for the indoor activities.)
VE License Exams: Free admission to the exam session (Note: standard VEC License examination fees still apply and are payable to the Test administration team when registering for the exam.) New in 2023: EVERYONE taking an exam, either for a new license or an upgrade, will receive a complementary General Admission ticket to HamQuest 2023 upon completion of the exam!
We are looking forward to HamQuest 2023 and are already at work planning the event. Accessibility, convenience, and comfort are three key aspects we are working to improve in 2023 to make HamQuest 2023 more enjoyable for our attendees, flea market vendors, & tailgaters alike. In the coming weeks, we will make the most exciting announcement about HamQuest since we announced the first HamQuest nearly 7 years ago so check back here and on our Facebook page @MidTnHamQuest for the latest HamQuest 2023 News and announcements.
As 2023 draws ever so close and we ramp up our already ongoing planning and preparation for HamQuest 2023, we have wiped the slate clean here at midtnhamquest.com. New posts about HamQuest 2023 will soon begin appearing here on such things as the where, when, and how much to exciting new features, the return of some old features, and some changes to how we do some things.
When Covid-19 hit in early 2020 we had no idea that the effects of it would continue throughout the year and into 2021 much less that we would, albeit to a much lesser degree, still feel its impacts today. We were forced to cancel HamQuest 2020 due to restrictions in place at our host venue but we managed to hold a greatly scaled down tailgate version (“HamQuest Lite”) in November of that year. This was the first year we faced a significant challenge to holding HamQuest. 2021 and 2022 also came with their own significant challenges. Although logistic in nature, they were not small and required us to move in a direction at a speed that sent us way out of our “comfort zone” and made us really take a hard look at many things about HamQuest such as the time of year we hold it, layout, pricing, and many other items that could and did impact the event. Those challenges, resulting feedback, and input from attendees, vendors, & the Ward Ag Center are at the forefront of our planning for 2023. We have already been working to eliminate, or at least mitigate, as many of those challenges as possible to have a more enjoyable, convenient, and comfortable HamQuest experience in 2023. In the coming weeks we will be making the most significant announcement about the Greater Nashville & Middle Tennessee HamQuest since we announced its inception almost 7 years ago in early 2016. Please check back here and on our Facebook page @MidTnHamQuest often for news and updates about HamQuest 2023.