Our 32nd annual swap and shop is now history! And,
it was another good one. The buzz on the repeaters and on HF radio after the event
seemed to confirm that everyone had a really good time. Once again, the vendors had
lots of great gear to sell. For those that like to tinker and repair equipment, there
was no lack of parts to buy. The HARA tables were especially nice this year because of
the generous donation of a couple of ham radio estates to our club. Our club table was
loaded with parts as well as a number of vintage radios and accessories.
A browse around the arena revealed a lot of older vintage gear as well as newer solid state
rigs. Plus, there was a lot of test equipment (ie-signal generators, scopes, frequency
counters, various types of meters, etc). Another nice feature of this years swap is
that there were a number of kits and circuit boards available for those that like to melt
solder. We had representatives from the ARRL and QCWA looking for new members.
And, our old friend, Stanley Strangle, K8NYT had his string of tables filled with new and
used equipment as well as educational books.
like to thank all of the volunteers that helped make this years event possible: John Veiht
(N8RSE-Chairman of the Swap Committee); Greg Hansen, KI8AF, in charge of admissions; Don
Ohman, KC8PYD, managing the kitchen; Pat Kohl, KB8PEN and Pat Anderson, AB8RE for working the
door prize table; all the volunteers that worked the club table; and finally all those that
showed up for setup and cleanup. Please accept my apologies if I forgot anyone.
Please check the links listed below for the many fine national and international sponsors of
this year’s event. Check into their web sites and if you buy something from them, let
them know you learned about their company at the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Assn’s annual Swap
Also, many thanks are in order for our local sponsors:
Ace Hardware - Harvey
Astro UP - Rock, MI
Jim Belles - Marquette
Bonanza - Marquette
Car Quest - Marquette
41 Lumber - Marquette
Loan Wolfe Club - Crystal Falls
Midway Rentals - Negaunee
Public Service Garage - Marquette
Stanley Strangle - Bruce Crossing
Thills Fish House - Marquette, On the Waterfront
Please join us again next year for our 33rd annual Hiawatha Amateur Radio Assn Swap and Shop,
the first Saturday in February.
Bill Beitel N8NRG
Hara Swap and Shop Committee
HARA - Station K8LOD