Orange Hamfest 2016

                  Hosted by:

Orange Amateur Radio Club and

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club


The Orange Hamfest is an ARRL sanctioned event.


WHEN: Saturday, February 27th, 2016

WHERE: Orange County Convention & Expo Center @ 11475 FM 1442   

Orange, Texas 77632


(Coordinates: 30 07.28N & 093 52.92W or 30.1244,-93.8922)


Hamfest TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Map for directions to the Orange Hamfest >>>


Take the 869 Exit off of IH-10 going East or West and turn South on FM 1442 and

the Orange Co. Convention and Expo Center is half mile on the right. Follow the signs.

Orange Co Convention Center and Expo_road directions


Tailgating available in designated area, see below:


Orange Hamfest Site Plan at OC Expo Center_Tailgating Area.jpg




Event Schedule and Fees:


6:00AM - Setup, Dealers & Tailgating

7:30AM — Hamfest opens for flea market, dealers & tailgating

10:00 AM — VE testing in Meeting Room#2

8am-12noon —Programs & Forums

1:30 PM - Grand Prize Drawings

2:00 PM—Close



Admission …..$8.00 per person

(Age 12 years & younger free admission)

Dealer tables ………… $15.00ea

Flea market tables ….. $15.00ea

Tailgate spaces ……….Free - limited spaces in designated tailgating area



For more information on Lodging:

visit website  Link for Lodging and Accommodations in Orange, Texas



Grand Prizes:

Kenwood TS-480SAT HF radio

Kenwood TM-V71A 2M/440 dual band mobile

Kenwood TM-281A 2M mobile

   Yaesu FT-60R 2M/440 Dual band HT


The tickets for the Grand Prize and door prizes are: $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00, etc.

The Grand Prizes will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. You NEED NOT BE PRESENT for the Grand Prize drawings.

You MUST BE PRESENT for all door prize drawings.

Door Prize tickets will be put back in for The Grand Prize Drawings.


2016 Hamfest Grand Prize Winners:


Kenwood TS-480SAT


Jack Brossette – WA5ETL


Kenwood TM-V71A


Brenda Frazier – N5EKG


Kenwood TM-281A


Art Mouton – K5FNQ


Yaesu FT-60R


Joseph Wedgeworth – KG5INU






                          PROGRAMS and FORUMS SCHEDULED


8:00AM -   8:55AM - Radio Traffic Handling and Traffic Nets - over view - Sharon Heivilin - KC8EO



9:00AM -   9:55AM -  R/C Models and Planes Forum and Static Displays



10:00AM - 10:55AM    -  National Weather Service - Skywarn - Roger Erickson-KD5BUI



11:00AM - 11:55AM – ARRL Forums and Updates- Dr. David Woolweaver-K5RAV



All Meeting / Forum times and content are subject to change.


Forums and Programs are in the DuPont Room.



                 VE TESTING

VE testing will start at 10:00 A.M Saturday,27th. No Pre-registering.

Bring the original and a copy of your current FCC License and any C.S.C.E’s, and Government photo I.D.

$15.00 testing fee. Prefer cash.

We will have the latest forms available


VE Testing to be held in Meeting Room No. 2



VENDORS Confirmed to be at Orange Hamfest




·        grapevine amateur radio_Logo.jpg  Grapevine Amateur Radio


·             Houston Amateur Radio Supply






Hamfest Sponsors


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Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.







FOOD and Drinks:

To be available from food concessions for breakfast and lunch!


Kolaches (both boudain and sausage/cheese) and donuts for breakfast


Gumbo and pulled pork sandwiches with condiments for lunch


Full menu to be announced and available at Hamfest.



                Notice !!!  Friday Night !!!

        Remember our Friday Dinner (Feb. 26th) after Hamfest Set-up!!!

All Hams and their family, who are in Town Friday before the Hamfest, are invited to eat with us at the Expo Center.

Featuring Bar-B-Que Brisket, and smoked boudain, with all the trimmings.

Bring your chairs. No alcohol allowed. Serving starts at 6:30 p.m. Don’t be late.

   There will be a $10.00 per plate charge for Dinner!


Coke, sodas and other drinks will be available for a charge. 


Contacts For Hamfest Information:


Rocky Wilson (409)-988-8906 or Email:   or

Chuck Vincent (409)-540-0477 or Email:


Dealers, Vendor and Swap tables are located inside the air-conditioned Expo Center and will be available for $15.00 each for individuals, dealers and vendors.

They may be reserved in advance by completing the Reservation form. Dealers, Vendors and Flea market set-up is 5PM-9PM Friday (26th) and 6:00AM-7:30AM Saturday(27th).

Unreserved tables will be rented on a first-come/ first-served basis. Electrical power (110V outlet) is available for most table locations.

Tables that are reserved but not claimed by 9:00AM Saturday (27th)will be rented.

The Orange Amateur Radio Club reserves the right to limit non-Ham Radio oriented tables and their locations!

There are a limited number of tables for the non-Ham radio related. These tables will be located in the hall ways surrounding the outside of the main Expo Center main Hall.


Make your reservations now!  Over 100 - 6 & 8 foot tables available in the Ball Room.


Approximately 0 tables are available as of Feb. 11, 2016. Tables are SOLD OUT

                  Please Check back again as tables may become available after cancelation.


Since the Ball Room tables are sold out, there will a limited amount of tables (6-8) in the Hallways.

Check with Table Sales for Hallway tables available.


Additional tables are available outside the Ball Room in the Halls for non-Ham radio related items and exhibitors.


No refunds on unclaimed tables.

Reserved tables not claimed by 9:00AM the day of the Hamfest, will be re-rented!!!



Expo Center Hamfest_table assignments.jpg


                                        EXPO Center Hamfest Table floor plan




To reserve tables – fill out a reservation form and mail to:


Orange Amateur Radio Club Inc.

P.O. Box 232

Orange, Texas 77631-0232


For questions you can email us at


Must be postmarked by February 20, 2016




ORANGE HAMFEST TABLE RESERVATION FORM –2016 **** Tables are SOLD OUT as of 2/11/16

Name__________________________________ Call __________



Provide Email address ______________________________for a confirmation in lieu of mailed hardcopy,


Number of Tables needed _______at $15.00 each. Confirm if electrical power is needed (Yes / No).                                                           


No power cords or power strips provided or available. Please provide your own power cords.                                                            


Power available from the 120volt outlets is on first come/first serve basis, please share!


Total Amount Enclosed $__________________



Note: For a hardcopy confirmation of your registration, fill in this part

Of the form and send an SASE with your Table Reservation Form. We also can email you to confirm tables!!


Name and Call sign ______________________________________


Amount received ________________________ for ________ tables.


Hamfest representative acknowledgment ________________________ Date ______


Email _______________________________________________



Page updated 2/24/2016


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