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 Post subject: Urgent call for help to save Antique Radio Charlotte event
PostPosted: Apr Mon 02, 2018 8:44 pm 

Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am
Posts: 2033
Location: Monroe, NC 28112 USA

First off, this is my personal initiative. These words have not been
reviewed by anyone.

It is my understanding that the hotel where we have had the Antique
Radio Charlotte conference in March for something like 20 years will be
submitting to us a contract for 2019 within a week or two.

The unhappy fact is that many of the long time worker bees are getting
too old or have chronic health problems or have personal obligations
they must set as higher priorities that make it impossible to perform
their tasks at adequate levels.

That can only be solved by gathering together a new grouping of worker
bees and a chairman who can work with mutual respect and confidence in
their ability to get the job done for what I think is an extremely
worthwhile goal; the preservation of an event that still draws well over
200 collectors plus more family members for 3 1/2 days of radio activity
in the Carolinas; *Antique Radio Charlotte.*..

Here is just one reason I think a Cariolinas event should be recognized
as of*vital necessity* to our hobby:

Almost all of us begin as collectors of artifacts we find fascinating to
'hunt down', clean-up, learn about, maybe fix-up and have pride in
ownership for some time. *BUT THE TIME WILL COME! *when, for a myriad of
reasons, you or your estate will have to pass or sell the artifacts to
new owners.

In today's market there are precious few events anywhere in the country,
much less the Carolinas region, that can reliably bring together a
significant quantity of *QUALIFIED BUYERS* for the items we collect.
Even at big hamfests like we have in Raleigh, Charlotte(Concord) or
Shelby do you find more than a couple dozen active collectors of the
types of items that have appeared in the Antique Radio Charlotte flea
market or Auctions. Or the some 14 or more estate auctions we have been
able to incorporate into our conference program as a non-profit service
to former members families.

I know my executrix will be faced with a far greater challenge in
dispersing my collection if such types of events just fade away. A large
majority of us do not have the type of artifacts or the personal time
and skill to sell on eBay or wherever.

So think hard about what you could do to save the event and let us know
who you are so we can start a dialogue.



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