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Old 13th May 2024, 4:15 pm   #61
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. It's easy enough to pick something up from a petrol station or motorway services on the way.
Unfortunately not in my case, The first petrol station I passed had builders fencing surrounding it, I could see the shelves had gone with just one person taking petrol money. The second petrol station just had the one petrol selling attendant, who kindly offered to bring the good to me. But they were out of sandwiches. So we decided to go straight to the venue and accept their offerings, which were very nice, but I was not the one queueing or paying.

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Old 13th May 2024, 4:16 pm   #62
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Running the stall yesterday, I noticed that sales of radios and telephones was slower than usual, but sales of test gear and vintage 70s tech such as TV games and calculators was brisk. I suppose that buyers are keen to buy items that they can actually use rather than to sit on a shelf once digital radio and VOIP takes over. It is really just a case of changing tastes, if there is a demand for more modern usable collectables then I will endeavour , as always, to satisfy that demand.
Great show as always, good to see so many younger people in their teens and twenties visiting the event, this is very encouraging for the future.
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Old 13th May 2024, 4:26 pm   #63
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This was my first visit to the new venue and I wasn't overly enamoured by it - it seems a lot smaller than the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre but maybe it was just the same number of stalls crammed into the same (hot!) space.


I wonder if it was Greg's idea to hold Retrotech on the hottest day of the year so far? Maybe just trying for a rain free day when they planned it a year ago?
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Old 13th May 2024, 5:16 pm   #64
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Just lucky, or unlucky, with the weather! Retrotech (and NVCF previously) is traditionally the second weekend of May and we are usually fairly lucky with the weather being dry but not too hot. It just seemed to be especially warm yesterday.

I encountered torrential rain on my way home (between the Severn crossing and Brynglas Tunnels) too which made for interesting driving, so it wasn't all heatwave!
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Old 13th May 2024, 5:36 pm   #65
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Maybe it would be worth seeing if the bar by the entrance could be open in the afternoon to serve cold drinks? Think quite a lot would have been sold yesterday !!
Opening the bar area for hot and cold drinks (but not alcohol) and perhaps some prepacked snacks, could work well, and take pressure off the trailer for hot food. It would probably have to be operated by the venue or the existing catering firm. Maybe something for Greg to discuss with them for next year?

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I think it was on par with the WEC for number of stalls. Probably a smaller footprint size hall overall. The density of stalls here is probably more. The entrance area is much smaller than WEC.
The WEC is a bigger hall than Sports Connexxion. As I understand it the number of stalls is similar to the last couple of events at the WEC, when they were spread out more due to booking numbers. Also of course there isn't space for the bigger exhibitions such as Brimar.

Tables were definitely packed tighter into the current venue but there was still enough space to move, apart from a few minutes at the start of normal entry when everyone descended on the first row of stalls especially the bring-and-buy. I know there were a few more tables this year than last year too, and I don't think there's room to increase it any more.

It's not the WEC and will never be as good as the WEC, but it's a lot cheaper and will allow the event to continue for many more years. Continuing at the WEC wasn't financially viable and they weren't able to be flexible enough on the cost.
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Old 13th May 2024, 8:06 pm   #66
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Another year I failed to get there due to being laid low with something. Ah well next time..

On the more vintage computers bit, CCH often do Bring and Byte type events so I will mention it in the vintage computing groups as an alternative perhaps to the Cambridge venue for one of them as people live all over the country.

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Old 13th May 2024, 8:11 pm   #67
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I had a great day at RT and caught up with a few forum members. I managed to only buy one radio. A Hacker Sovereign with a missing amplifier board but otherwise complete and in very good condition from the B&B stall and very cheap in leu of the missing board. I have a spare amp in my parts store so it may turn out to be a real bargain!
We got there about 10AM and there was ample space in the car park.

I took a pack up for lunch so I didn't have to que in the heat at the food van. I also took some cold cans but they ran out lunchtime so we went to the CO-OP nearby for some more. They seem to have a good range of food as well so there is an alternative to the van or garage fodder. I did give the closed bar a long wanting look!

It did get quite warm in the hall but what can you do when it's a hot day... At least the side doors were open which helped ventilate a bit. I must admit I had started to get a bit hot and uncomfortable by about 2.30 so we called it a day and headed home grateful that my mate's van had air-con.

A big thanks to all the hard working volunteers who make this happen !
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Really enjoyed the event again. Thanks to the organisers.

Seemed brisk and I also echo the sentiments of others regarding vintage computing. Nice to see that the event keeps evolving.

Already looking forward to next year!
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A great day out, always made better by selling more than I buy! We were lucky this year in being able to stay with my in-laws on the Saturday night who only live 10 mins away. This allowed us to halve the luxury of a lay-in until 7-15am. Bought sandwiches from the M&S store within the petrol station on the A45 the night before so well prepared. A lovely meal on the Saturday at the Baginton Oak, highly recommended!

As always many, many thanks to all those tireless volunteers who set up this event and make it run so well. The huge amount of their own time spent is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to those who stopped for a chat and had their arm twisted to buy something….

Can’t wait to see the photos and video ?

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Old 13th May 2024, 10:39 pm   #70
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I too had a great day out! Met up with a few people I haven’t seen for ages, bought a mountain of stuff to play with, some of which I have been after for a while! I decided to book us into a nice cottage in a village called Farnborough, about half an hour away, so we didn’t have to drive there and back in the same day, it’s really nice! Definitely be doing the same again next year. Only problem is I have all these new projects, and no tools to play with them here!

Here’s a photo of the pile, and there are some videos of the event already on YouTube! Not by me though!

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Old 14th May 2024, 8:10 am   #71
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It was a good day and the organisation good, many thanks to the volunteers. I picked up a couple of things. I was there with a stalholder to assist, which was a great bonus.
One thing that might be worth adding to the website, is that the post code does not bring you to the site, but to residential streets half a mile away. There is no signage other than the one at the entrance, which is easy to miss as it faces the road rather than the approaching traffic, so for the second year we drove past until the memory returned! I appreciate it would have been a lot of effort to put up signs at roundabouts etc as at many rallies, so a note on the website to remind people like myself that you need to note the details there and not depend on the satnav would avoid their confusion.
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Old 14th May 2024, 8:27 am   #72
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Postcodes can cover a wide area so are not always accurate enough for some satnavs. Entering “Sports Connexion” in Google Maps on my phone took me right into the site, so I’d advise using something like this rather than a satnav that only uses postcodes.

There is a Google Map on the website showing the exact location. There will be arrows on the main road pointing into the site next year too.
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there are some videos of the event already on YouTube! Not by me though!

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A couple here:

Skip to 5 mins in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAp6FeKfLqQ

And this one:

https://www.google.com/search?q=yout...1-gUq4mY4,st:0

I'm always incredulous at just how much stuff some stallholders have, and wonder where they store it all between events!
Some specialise in say pocket transistor radios - others - it's anything and everything.
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What a great day out, I had a stall and had great success selling and meeting friends old and new.
Thank you Greg and team for organising another event even better than last years.
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I have added notes to the FAQ on the RetroTechUK website regarding satnavs (as above), catering queues, and encouraging people to get cash in advance rather than relying on the local cash machine.
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there are some videos of the event already on YouTube! Not by me though!

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A couple here:

Skip to 5 mins in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAp6FeKfLqQ

And this one:

https://www.google.com/search?q=yout...1-gUq4mY4,st:0

I'm always incredulous at just how much stuff some stallholders have, and wonder where they store it all between events!
Some specialise in say pocket transistor radios - others - it's anything and everything.
A Great day out and two excellent films one of which i do actually appear twice!!!!
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I really enjoyed it this year and managed to find the venue first time, unlike last year! I went for the early opening, so parking wasn't a problem.
All the stuff I took disappeared very quickly, which was extremely pleasing!

I definitely wasn't going to buy any 78s this year, so I just bought some LPs, a Rotel CD player, an absolute bargain lot of 2 minute phonograph cylinders from a very generous and pleasant stall holder, a very bright 1970s LP case, oh and a load of 78s

It was nice to chat with other visitors and sellers and the day went by very quickly, in fact I forced myself to leave at half past one in case I bought anything else. . .

Already looking forward to next year's show!
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Hello,

Well, that was a grand day out all round, Gromit.

Had a bit of hitch on the Northwestern manoeuvre from Essex to Coventry, which meant I got there after 11 O’clock and the car park was full. As I wasn’t there to buy gear and just picking up some ‘muled’ stuff from Greg, plus I was also then going on to Redditch to pick-up some more stuff, this meant I was at my SWMO quota before I even got into the Rectrotech. We decided to abort and headed, just down the road, into Ryton on Dunsmore to sit in the park for a while whilst some spaces appeared in the car park in the early afternoon.

The local pub The Blacksmiths Arms was just across the road to the park, and we popped into the pub, which opened at 12 O'clock, for – I hasten to add – a soft drink. The reason for saying, this the pub did a Sunday lunch menu and for some folk this could be viable alternative for the catering van outside the Connexions centre. This is a brisk walk from the Connexions centre.

Good to have a quick chat with some folks the Retrotech, but in the end, given time was against us, it was flying visit in the end as I had to go on to Redditch for the second half of the days manoeuvres.

A big thanks the BVWS folk and the organisers.

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I have just been informed by the BVWS Chairman that RetrotechUK 2025 has been booked for Sunday 11th May 2025. Like this year, RetroTechUK will be the only event at Sports Connexion that day.
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Old 15th May 2024, 8:58 pm   #80
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Awesome. In the diary!
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