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Old 14th Sep 2021, 10:33 am   #1
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Default RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

The re-branded RetrotechUK show (previously NVCF) is being held at the Warwickshire Event Centre on the Fosse Way, just outside of Royal Leamington Spa on September 26th.

This is a reminder that it's just under two weeks away!

Over 160 stalls, all indoors, huge free car park, full range of refreshments available all day.

See https://www.retrotechuk.com/ for location/times/prices/info, etc.

Here's a short video of previous events as a taster, turn up your speakers and enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-HDN2wg7KY

If you haven't been before, it's got an enormous range of vintage technology on sale. Radios, TVs, Audio, Telephones, Vinyl, Record Players, Testgear, Retro computing, Parts, Valves, Cables, Collectables you name it!

We have spaced out the stalls a little more than usual to ensure lots of room for distancing and browsing. Entrance prices remain the same, with two-tier entry - Early entry at 9:00 (£25) and Normal entry at 10:30 (£10).

Note that there will be no shuttle bus service from Leamington Spa this year. Train travellers might wish to check for fellow visitors at the station and share taxis.

Everybody's very welcome, see you there!

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Old 14th Sep 2021, 10:37 am   #2
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

The Bring & Buy will operate as usual. Multiple item entry forms are attached below.

As usual Jeffrey, Brian, Chris and and I will be raising money for the Dulwich Vintage Wireless Museum on the Bring and Buy stall. Not sure where we'll be this time but most likely not far from the main entrance. If you've got stuff for the B&B and are queuing for general admission please try to make contact with us and we'll do our best to get your stuff logged and straight on to the stall.

There are 2 ways to sell stuff on the B&B.

1: Donation - with 100% going to the Vintage Wireless Museum. This is easy for us because there's no admin for labels, lists etc.

2: Sales with 10% commission to the Museum. If you have more than a couple of items it helps us a lot if you can make a numbered list with prices. Add in any lower price you can accept in the Offers column. We try to sell at the best price we can! Forms appear below. Remember to stick corresponding numbered price labels on each item. Leave space before the number so we can add a unique serial letter to each label. We can do labeling/listing on the day but it really slows things down for everyone at busy times.

The B&B closes at 4pm just like the rest of NVCF. If you've sold anything you can collect the proceeds at any time. Unsold items need to be collected before 4pm. We don't have facilities to dispose of unsold items.

Here's the suggested listing sheet if you have more than a few items.

See you all there - not long now...

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Old 14th Sep 2021, 12:36 pm   #3
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Following a question on Facebook earlier, the WEC is fully wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible with disabled parking spaces close to the entrance, ramps at the entrance and the level change in the hall, accessible toilet, and catering staff happy to bring food down from the restaurant to the ground floor cafe area. If you need any assistance just ask any of the WEC staff or BVWS committee (go to the cash desk or BVWS stall if necessary and they will call someone).

Another important note, there is no cash machine in the WEC now, so please bring plenty of cash with you as it will be required for entry and at many of the stalls. Details of nearby cash machines are in the FAQ on the RetroTechUK website.
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Old 14th Sep 2021, 9:54 pm   #4
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

We've 180 stall tables booked now and orders are still coming in. There's still time and room if you want one...

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Old 21st Sep 2021, 8:02 pm   #5
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Just wondered, will there be a meet of forum members this year at Retrotech?
I know there has been in the past.
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Old 23rd Sep 2021, 3:37 pm   #6
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Nothing has been planned and I'm not able to attend this time. Probably best not to this time as some may not be comfortable gathering in a group, but let's organise something for the next one in Spring 2022.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 11:02 am   #7
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

I would like to come but unable to get the following Monday off work and I generally need a day off afterwards to recover from the long drive. Maybe next year.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 1:50 pm   #8
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

I’ll be there! I’ve got me a long list of bits for existing projects that I hope to find. But you know how it goes, you find nothing from the list, but end up with a car full of new projects instead! I was considering getting a table myself, but I’ve run out of time to go to the lock up to get all the stuff I’d like to rehome so I’ll try to do it next year instead!

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Old 24th Sep 2021, 2:36 pm   #9
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Ö. I was considering getting a table myself, but Iíve run out of time to go to the lock up to get all the stuff Iíd like to rehome so Iíll try to do it next year instead!

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🤣🤣. I keep promising myself that Iíll have a stall one year, I really need to dispose of lots of stuff! But, instead, I come away with even more bits & bobs that I really donít know where to put. Maybe we should have a pact Lloyd, that we WILL get a stall next year!

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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Fantastic day - many thanks to all the organisers, stallholders and volunteers!
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Old 26th Sep 2021, 8:38 pm   #11
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Hi!

I couldn't agree more, tons of stuff all very reasonably and fairly priced!

I came away with a Truvox PD99 stereo RĖtoĖR with original book and mains lead, two EM34, one n.o.s. and one used, one Y63 n.o.s., and one original EBL31 used, and my friend got two more valve sets, two transistor portables and a Hameg scope!

I did see a Philips G8 blue book but unfortunately a lot of it was missing from it, otherwise I'd have got that to help the Member who's got a G26K522 on the go!

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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

I had a great day too. I turned a lot of kit that I'd 'come by' into an equal amount of garage and workshop space (and even living room space !) and also a tidy cash surplus .

Thanks to everyone who put so much work into this event and who gave us the chance to buy and to sell and also to meet up with friends we haven't seen for far too long .

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Yes an excellent event. Took a friend along for his first time. A BBC engineer, he’ll be back again. Also enjoyed chatting to GJ and discovering we had a physics tutor in common in the 1970s.
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Old 27th Sep 2021, 8:18 am   #14
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

I second GJ's thanks to all for a great event. I went home with a much lighter car ( and a fuller wallet!) and delight at having met so many nice people.

Only downside to the day was that because I didn't have much to put back in the car I didn't bother getting a trolley, and with my final load my belt broke as I come out through the door, resulting in my jeans falling down to my knees! Nobody laughed or cheered - either they were too polite or didn't notice - but I was glad I put on a decent pair of underpants!

Great day!

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Absolutely fantastic day! Great to see people I havenít seen for too long. I donít know how the organisers do it, but whenever the NVCF/Retrotech is on the weather always seems to be really nice! There were some really good exhibitions as well as a good selection of stuff to buy, Iím still kicking myself though for missing out on another Sobell stargazer TV, if Iíd bought that Iíd have not bought anything else! I did get some bits off my list (which is unusual!) and some other bits too, still think the bargain of the day was an R1155 for 20 quid, I wasnít going to argue with that! Canít wait for the next one now, which Iíll hopefully be more prepared for and actually book a stall, make some room for when I do finally get my hands on one of those Sobell TVís!

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On behalf of the organising/working team I'd like to thank everyone who attended - both visitors and stall holders alike.
With all that's been against us in the last 18 months and then the fuel situation developing in the 48 hours prior to the event, I'm pleased to say that the eventual outcome exceeded our expectations!

It was great to see so many of you again and there certainly was a good buzz in the hall, some amazing and interesting displays too!

RetrotechUK will return next year - Sunday 8th May, back to its rightful place on the calendar.

Ian B - there's never a photographer about when you need one....
Lloyd - yes, we do book the weather!

Thanks again everyone!
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After such a long wait it was really great to be back!
Sold plenty and bought a few little things and a chance for a good natter.
Despite the wider scope of Retrotechuk I can’t say that I noticed anything I hadn’t seen before but there was plenty to see.

So, many thanks to:
My customers, Greg for bringing up my radios from the February auction and the other organisers for all their time and efforts to ensure success.

Roll on Golborne and next May!

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RetrotechUK will return next year - Sunday 8th May, back to its rightful place on the calendar.
Thanks for confirming the date. I certainly hope to be there.
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Default Re: RetrotechUK (NVCF) September 26th at WEC.

Despite some intending visitors not making it, perhaps due to petrol or post-covid concerns, the halls looked alive and everyone was wearing a big smile, glad to be back together! There was certainly a lot to see and buy.

The halls were well-filled with stalls but the visitor numbers were down, not surprisingly, so we all need to spread the word for the May 2022 event!
Magnificent effort by all the organisers - huge thanks.

I came away with a small record deck needing a few bits, a broken but seemingly repairable DMM and a transistor tester! Not much but it will keep me occupied for a bit.

The Bring & Buy was very busy and well-stocked. I am about to pass proceeds of £450 on to the Dulwich Museum. Not too shabby for a post-covid show!

Thanks again everyone; see you in May...

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After such a long wait it was really great to be back!
Sold plenty and bought a few little things and a chance for a good natter.
Despite the wider scope of Retrotechuk I canít say that I noticed anything I hadnít seen before but there was plenty to see.

So, many thanks to:
My customers and the other organisers for all their time and efforts to ensure success.

Roll on next May!

Peter
Seconded ! I sold a bit and bought a few nice items. While I didn't see a huge difference in the equipment on the stalls some younger people did seem to be there . There was also a large stall run by three younger lads that was selling a large selection of goodies from vintage radios to Hi - Fi, so it looks as if the event is starting to attract a wider audience, stallholders at least..
I managed to talk a mate into coming with me who hadn't been before he enjoyed his day and said he would go again. Hopefully by May Covid and the fuel crisis will be behind us!
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