Orange Hamfest 2017

                  Hosted by:

Orange Amateur Radio Club and

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club


The Orange Hamfest is an ARRL sanctioned event.


WHEN: Saturday, February 25th, 2017

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:


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      The Orange County Convention and Expo Center is ADA compliant




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 Assistance Animals: Service and assistance animals are permitted in all public areas and at all times.


Hamfest 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 - there is limited spaces in designated tailgating area



For more information on Lodging:

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Click Here for Hotels


             2017 Grand Prizes:

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Kenwood TS-590SG HF radio


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Kenwood TM-V71A 2M/440 dual band mobile


Kenwood TH-F6A 2M/220/440 HT

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 Comet CAA-500 Mk II Antenna analyzer w/ case



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.


Door Prizes

Baofeng BF-F8HP 8W HT


Baofeng 7W HT’s


Extech EX420 Multimeters


and Much more!



2017 Hamfest Grand Prize Winners:


Kenwood TS-590SG



Kenwood TM-V71A



Kenwood TH-F6A



Comet CAA-500MkII w/case





                  2017  PROGRAMS and FORUMS SCHEDULED




8:00AM -     8:55AM - Jeff Walter, KE5FGA, South Texas SEC- Using the ARES STX Info Depot


9:00AM -     9:55AM - Open


10:00AM - 10:55AM  - Using CHIRP to program your HT -  Robert Dupree-KG5RLD


11:00AM - 11:55AM – ARRL Forums





8:00AM -   9:30AM - MARS Forums and General meeting


10:00AM - 11:55AM  - VE Testing and License Examinations



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




                 VE TESTING

VE testing will start at 10:00 A.M Saturday, 25th. 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



 Main Trading Company







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!


Sausage Kolaches and donuts for breakfast


Gumbo and pulled pork sandwiches with condiments for lunch


Full menu to be announced and available at 2017 Hamfest.


Food Concession purchases will support the Orangefield Project Graduation 2017



                Notice !!!  Friday Night !!!

        Remember our Friday Dinner (Feb. 24th) 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, smoked boudain and links, with all the trimmings.

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

   There will be a $13.00 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 Ballroom (10,800 sq. ft.) and

will be available for $15.00 each for individuals, dealers and vendors.

They may be reserved in advance by completing the Table Reservation form.

Dealers, Vendors and Flea market set-up is 5PM-9PM Friday (24th) and 6:00AM-7:30AM Saturday(25th).

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 (25th) will be rented.

The Orange Amateur Radio Club/Hamfest Directors reserves the right to limit non-Ham Radio oriented sales and their table location.

The sale or display of firearms, weapons and sexually offensive materials is prohibited.

Hamfest Directors will be fair to resolve any disputes and have the final decision on any disputes.

There are a limited number of tables for the non-Ham radio related sales.

These tables will be located in the hall ways surrounding the outside of the Expo Center Ballroom.


Make your reservations now!  Over 112 - 8 & 6 foot tables available in the Ball Room.


Approximately 112  0 -tables are available as of Feb. 17, 2017. ALL TABLES SOLD!!


Additional tables may be 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!!!



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                                        EXPO Center Hamfest Table floor plan




To reserve tables – fill out a Table 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 18, 2017






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 120 volt outlets is on a 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 2/17/2017


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