One could not have asked for better weather for the annual SPARCFest this year. The event was held at Freedom Lake Park in Pinellas Park on Saturday November 11, 2017. As usual, even though the official start is 8:00 AM people start congregating around 6:00 AM to setup and some even to grab early bargains—although sales really start at 8.
This event continues to grow in popularity due to the time of year, comfortable weather, lack of rain and free admission to buyers and sellers. This year drew the largest crown yet with many people selling gear including a great selection of HF gear. SPARC offered coffee and doughnuts, cold drinks and sausage biscuits (new this year instead of the SPARC Dogs).
SPARC had a large numbers of items for sale due to an increase in Silent Key sales for which the club was asked to help. SPARC sells silent key equipment (most on consignment for estates) to both help out the families of those recently departed hams and it also helps fund club activities for the year.
A new thing this year was a drone fly-over of the site.