Frederick Amateur Radio Club


Frederick Amateur
Radio Club

Frederick, Maryland

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Sunday, June 17, 2007
The FARC Father's Day Hamfest

Every June since 1978 the Frederick Amateur Radio Club has sponsored the popular Father's Day Hamfest in Frederick, Maryland. After being held for several years in the mid-1990's at the Walkersville Fire Department grounds, the FARC Hamfest is back at the Frederick County Fairgrounds on East Patrick Street. The Fairgrounds are convenient to major highways, including I-70, I-270, US-15, US-40, US-340, etc., making it easy to reach from just about anywhere in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and points beyond.

The FARC Father's Day Hamfest offers plenty of room for tailgaters and indoor commercial vendors, good food and refreshments, easy access with plenty of parking, clean restroom facilities, and all the other amenities that make for an enjoyable event. For 2007, we welcome back Dave's Concessions as our Hamfest food vendor, so bring your appetite along to the Hamfest! (Appetites get free admission.)

For 2007 our main drawing prizes include a Kenwood TS-570S(G) HF+6m DSP+NR1 transceiver as 1st prize; a rugged, high-powered Icom IC-208 dual-band mobile rig as 2nd prize; and two rugged Icom IC-V8 Sport HTs as 3rd and 4th prizes!

Every general admission ticket has a chance to win one of the main drawing prizes, plus, attendees may purchase additional drawing tickets in advance by mail, or at the Hamfest, to improve the odds of winning these great prizes.

Back again for 2007, Bill N3WD will be offering QSL checking services for ARRL DXCC, WAS and VUCC awards. Look for Bill at the front of the Main Building between 9 AM and 12 Noon.

We also offer Amateur Radio license testing. Testing sessions are conducted by the CCARC ARRL VE team members, with help from other area ARRL VE's who pitch in to handle the crowds of prospective and upgrading Hams. Click here to register for testing at the Hamfest or to volunteer to assist the ARRL VE team. (More help is always welcome!) VE testing starts at 9 AM sharp! Pre-registration is strongly recommended!

Make sure you mark Sunday, June 17, 2007, on your calendar. That's Father's Day, and that means it's FARC Hamfest Day.


Looking for DEALS on Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, West Mountain Radio and other top brand equipment and accessories? See Gene at KJI Electronics in the main building. If KJI doesn't have it, KJI can get it for you at a great Hamfest price. Cedar City Sales will again be offering their wide selection of MFJ, Mirage, Ameritron and other high-quality Ham products, electronics hardware, books, tools, supplies and gadgets! Likewise, Quicksilver Radio Products will be on hand with their unique line of VHF & UHF antennas, tools, 12-volt accessories, and other Ham necessities that you've probably been looking for. Need a new Callsign badge, hat or tee shirt? You will find just what you're looking for from Ray K3USG and Maureen W8MBY of HAMfesters, or Phil KA2SEY of Hambroidery! Plus you'll find all the other great Hamfest vendors who support our event every year, including RF Connection, G&G Electronics, and many others.

Interested in setting up at a table or ten indoors at our Hamfest? Send us an email !

Please click
here if you'd like to view our Hamfest Flyer online, or here to download/view the Adobe Acrobat version (355Kb). Questions? You can call 301-831-5060 daily before 6 PM for answers.

Click here to link to a nice map and directions on the Great Frederick Fair web site.
PLEASE NOTE one thing they left off their directions: If you're coming up I-270 from the Gaithersburg area, you can now take Exit 32 from I-270. That puts you on I-70 eastbound and lets you skip the traffic and lights in town. Then take Exit 55, South St. from I-70 and follow the signs to the Fairgrounds.)

If you're looking for lodging or would just like to do some sightseeing around historic Frederick, Maryland, please visit the Frederick Tourism web site for lots of good information.

See you at the FARC Hamfest on Father's Day, June 17, 2007!

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Updated: 06.12.07