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January 8
(Wednesday) Philadelphia, PA - Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club, Ham Radio Auction-Fest
Franklin Institute Science Museum, 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club, PO Box 88, Abington, PA  19001
Richard Moll, W3RM
Talk-In: 147.03+ (PL 91.5), 444.800+ (PL 186.2)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.phil-mont.org/   AUCTION FORM required for each item:  download auction form
Opens:  7:00 pm with refreshments, Auction at 7:30 pm
Cost:  Free admission, Sellers (only) pay the club a $2 registration fee, plus 10% of the selling price (max $30 per item)
January 26
Odenton, MD - Maryland Mobileers ARC (MMARC)
Odenton Vol. Fire Department Hall, 1425 Annapolis Road (Rt. 175) - Indoors only
Maryland Mobileers ARC, 7609 McGowan Ave, Glen Burnie, MD  21060
Gary Johney, N3BYN, 1885 Poplar Ridge Rd, Pasadena, MD  21122 (vendors:  [email protected])
Talk-In:  146.805-
E-mail:  [email protected]
Cost: $4 entry, $10 table
March 1
(Saturday) Parsippany, NJ - Split Rock ARA, North Jersey Hamfest
Parsippany Police Athletic League (PAL) Bldg, Route 46 & Baldwin Road
Splitrock ARA, PO Box 610, Rockaway, NJ  07866
Marc Colton, K2WEB
866-457-6687 (toll-free)
Talk-In:  146.985- (PL 131.8)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.splitrockara.org/;   DirectionsMapOn-line Flyer (PDF)
On-line Vendor Registration (only)
Opens:  8:00 am, Vendors 6:30 am
Cost:  $6 buyer/sellers;  Tables $18 (includes one admission);  NO TAILGATING THIS YEAR due to construction!
VE Testing*:  8:30 am Registration, 9:00 sharp exams start
DXCC Card Checking (for QSL questions contact Steve at [email protected])
March 15
(Saturday) Clinton, NJ - Cherryville Repeater Assn.
North Hunterdon Regional High School, Rt. 31 S, Clinton, NJ (-mile south of I-78 on Rt. 31 at Regional Rd.)
Cherryville Repeater Association II, PO Box 308, Quakertown, NJ  08868
Barry Campbell, W2CGX
908-788-4080 (Club Info Line)
Talk-In:  147.375+ (no PL, extended coverage)  or  146.730-
E-mail:  [email protected]  or  [email protected]
http://www.qsl.net/w2cra  |  Map  |  Flyer (PDF)
Cost:  $6;  Vendors $15 ea, electric $5 extra;  All indoors - rain or shine
VE Testing*:  Contact Marty Grozinski, W2CG, at 908-788-2644 before 10:00 pm;   pre-registration requested
March 29-30  
(Sat/Sun) Timonium, MD - BARC, Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computer Fest
Maryland State Convention
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD,  I-83 to Exit 17, Padonia Rd East (map)
Baltimore Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 95, Timonium, MD 21094-0095
 Maryland State Convention  Hamfest
 James Green, WB3DJU Doug Wittich, N3VEJ
 800-HAM-FEST  (800-426-3378) or
 410-HAM-FEST  (410-426-3378)
 800-HAM-FEST  (800-426-3378) or
 410-HAM-FEST  (410-426-3378) Mailbox 9233
 E-mail:  mailto:[email protected]  E-mail:  <<Complete Contact List>>
      mailto:[email protected](general)
      [email protected] (commercial spaces)
      [email protected] (indoor flea market, Cow Palace)
      [email protected] (tailgating space)
      [email protected] (basic indoor space, Cow Palace)
 on-line flyer & registration form (PDF format)

Talk-In:  146.67-, 449.625-  (PL 107.2)  W3FT Repeater
Cost:  $10 for weekend pass, $6 per day at gate -- Attend for FREE! Volunteer 2 hours; contact Volunteer Worker Chairmen
Banquet:  $20 (Saturday)
Opens:  8 am to 5 pm Saturday, 8 am to 3 pm Sunday;  6:00 am each day (tailgating only)
VE Testing*:  Sunday, 10:00 am, register by 9:00;  Info contact Bob Busch (WB3KXJ) at 301-317-7819 or e-mail [email protected]

April 13
Easton, MD - Easton ARS
Talbot County Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway (Rt 50);  mile north of Easton, MD on Rt. 50
Easton Amateur Radio Society, PO Box 311, Easton, MD  21601
Tinsley Meekins Jr, K3RUQ
410-228-8888;  Vendors:  410-770-3715
Talk-In:  147.045+ (PL 156.7), and 146.520 simplex
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.k3emd.com/   (Map)
Opens:  7 am, Vendors 6 am
Cost:  $5, Tailgaters $5 plus admission;  Tables $15 (one admission included)
April 13
York, PA - York Hamfest Foundation, York Springfest and Computer Show
4-H Clubs of York County (771 Stoverstown Rd, York, PA, 1.8 miles west of US 30 and State Route 116, just south of SR 116 on Stoverstown Road)
York Hamfest, PO Box 351, Dover, PA  17315
John Shaffer, W3SST, 2596 Church Rd, York, PA  17404
717-764-8193 (phone/fax, auto switcher, 24 hours)
Talk-In:  147.33+, 146.52 simplex
E-mail:    [email protected]
http://www.yorkhamfest.org/  |  Map of site  |  Schedule of Events
Cost:  $5, non-ham spouse, kids U16 free;  Tailgaters $3 plus admission;  Indoors Table $15 advance/$20 day of, space only $10
     Vendor info/table reservations contact John Shaffer, W3SST;  or vendor info web site
Opens:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm;  Vendor setup 6:00 am
VE Testing*:  Free!  1:00 pm,  pre-registration, limited walk-in's;  Pre-register via e-mail:  mailto:[email protected]
April 26
(Saturday) West Orange, NJ - Roseland Amateur Radio Club (IRAC)
West Orange High School, 600 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ
Harvey Moskowitz, W2YWC
(973) 994-0637
Talk-In:  146.415 +1.0 (PL 85.4), 447.875 -5.0 (PL 156.7), 146.52 Simplex
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.qsl.net/k2gq  (Map)
Cost:  $5, XYL and kids U12 free;  Vendors $15 table/$12 each add. advance by 4/5, $20/$15 at door, $2 extra for electric
Opens:  8:00 am, Vendors 6:30 am
VE Testing*:  No details available
May 3
(Saturday) Grasonville, MD - Ann Arundel/Kent Island RC Hamfest (AARC/KIRC)
Kent Island Amateur Radio Club (KIARC) and Anne Arundel Radio Club (AARC)
Grasonville, MD VFW Grounds, US 50/301 East to Exit 44: VFW Ave (past Kent Is. Narrows Bridge)
Anne Arundel Radio Club (W3VR), PO Box 308, Davidsonville, MD  21035
Ray Allen, W2KBR
Talk-In:  147.105+, or 146.94-, or 448.225 (PL 114.8)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $4, Tailgate space free for hams;  Indoor tables available
May 3 - 4
(Sat/Sun) Edison, NJ - The College of NJ and various computer clubs (run by KGP Productions)
The 27th Trenton Computer Festival - including ham classes, seminars, exams and tailgating
Free Bus Service from Metuchen train station (from NYC, Phila, Newark, Trenton, etc.)
New Jersey Convention Center, Raritan Center, Route 514 (NJ Tpk. Exit 10), Edison, NJ
KGP Productions LLC, PO Box 37, Kendall Park, NJ  08824-0037
Marin Light
800-631-0062 (Mon-Thur 9 AM to 5 PM)
E-mail:   [email protected]  or  [email protected] (Marin Light)
http://www.tcf-nj.org/  or  http://www.tcfshow.com/Vendor Brochures (in PDF format);  Directions
http://www.pcshow.com/  (KGP Productions)
Cost:  $10 advanced, $15 at gate for both days, Children 12U free;  Flea Market spot $25 (hams only, license required)
Opens:  10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday;  Flea Market 9 am each day
Keynote speaker is Marge & Bruce Brown "Wireless Networking - Current Realities and Future Promises"
90+ speaker sessions, workshops and seminars over both days
VE Testing*:  TBD (usually continuous walk-ins)
May 4
Wrightstown (Bucks County), PA - Warminster ARC (WARC)
Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA
Warminster ARC, PO Box 113, Warminster, PA 18974
Mark Hinkel, WA3QVU, 1573 Fitzwatertown Rd, Willow Grove, PA  19090
or Vendor info:  Roy Connors, K3TEN, 215-947-9373   [email protected]
Talk-In:  147.09+, 443.95+  (PL 131.8), 146.52 simplex
GPS:  N 40 15' 51" / W 74 59' 16"
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.k3dn.org/   for vendor pre-registration http://www.k3dn.org/Hamfest Vendor letter 2003.pdf
Cost:  $5 (ULS/kids U13 free) at gate;  Vendors: Tailgate $10/Table $15, plus admission, pre-register by 1 April for reduced fee
Opens:  7 am (vendors at 6 am)
VE Testing*:  10 am check-in, 10:30 start;  call Tom Michaud, WA3TQJ, at 215-343-3494, e-mail [email protected]
WAS Field Checking of QSL cards
Hagerstown, MD - Antietam Radio Association (The Great Hagerstown Hamfest)
Washington County Agricultural Center, MD Rt 65 South, Sharpsburg Pike, near Hagerstown, MD (I-70 Exit 29A)
Antietam Radio Association, PO Box 52, Hagerstown, MD  21741-0052
Doug Cooney, N1FBI
301-745-4505  Fax: 717-261-9487
Talk-In:  147.09+, 146.94- backup  (W3CWC)
E-mail:   [email protected]
Cost:  $5, kids U12 free;  Tailgate:  $5;  Table:  $10 advance, $15 at door;  Indoor/Outdoor pave/covered space available
Opens:  6:00 am (gates), 7:00 am (building);  Vendor setup Sat after 6 pm
VE Testing*:  12:30 pm registration, 1:00 exams, walk-ins OK;  Info contact  Joe Lockbaum, WA3PTV, [email protected] 
May 6
(Tuesday) West Conshohocken, PA - PARA pre-meeting flea market
PARAFEST, St Gertrude's Church Hall , 209 Merion Ave, West Conshohocken, PA
Philadelphia Area Repeater Association, PO Box 954, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0954
Gene Mitchell, K3DSM
Talk-In:  146.76-
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.g-c-o.com/para/ ;  Directions;  Map
Indoor flea market and tailgating prior to PARA meeting
Cost:  FREE for buyers & sellers
Opens:  7:00 to 8:00 pm
May 16 - 18  
(Fri-Sun) Dayton, OH - Dayton Hamvention and ARRL National Convention
(the largest hamfest in the country, if not the world!)
Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Hamvention, PO Box 964, Dayton, OH  45401-0964  Attn: (Committee you need to contact)
Fax:  937-274-8369 (General Information) or 937- 454-5655 (ticket orders)
Advanced tickets and reservations a must!  This is an international event.
Talk-In:  146.94- (no PL)
E-mail:  [email protected] (general) or [email protected] (exhibitors) or [email protected] (tickets)
Theme:  "Year of the Young"
Cost:  Ticket Info;  3-day ticket $17 in advance ($20 w/bus), $22 at door, children 12U free;  Banquet $45 (6 May deadline)
Exhibitor:  $60/single, $125/two, $250/three (outdoors) plus admission, $530 indoors (adm included)
Opens:  8 am (Fri, Sat, Sun);  Banquet doors open 6 pm
VE Testing*:  Saturday;  contact [email protected]
May 25
West Friendship, MD - Maryland FM Association, Memorial Day Hamfest
Howard County Fairgrounds, MD Rt. 144, one mile West of Rt. 32
Maryland FM Association, PO Box 351, Hanover, MD  21076
John Elgin, WA3MNN
301-641-5313  (6-10 PM)
Talk-In:  146.76-, 224.76-, or 444.0+ (PL 107.2) (WA3DZD)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.marylandfm.org/  (directions)
Cost:  $5;  Tailgate $5 per space, $10 covered;  Inside Table $25 in advance (10 May), $30 at hamfest
Opens:  8 am to 2 pm
A portion of the hamfest proceeds supports the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) Scholarship Program
May 30 - June 1  
(Fri-Sun) Rochester, NY - Rochester Hamfest and Computer Show
ARRL Atlantic Division/New York State Convention
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Route 15A, Rochester, NY
Banquet & Awards at Holiday Inn Rochester South
Rochester Hamfest Tickets, 1982 Wheatland Center Road, Scottsville, NY  14546
Ticket information:  call 585-538-9555 before 9 pm
General info:  call Harold Smith, K2HC, 585-424-7184 during business hours
E-mail:  [email protected]
Cost:  $7.50 advance, $9 at gate;  Children U12 free;  Friday Banquet & Admission:  $27.50 (advance only)
Advanced ticket and VE registrations must be received prior to 15 May
Tailgaters:  $10 plus admission (1200 spaces);  Commercial Vendors $175 per space (indoors)
Opens:  Friday 6 am (flea market, runs continuously throughout weekend)
   Indoor Exhibits:  Fri 12 - 5:30 pm, Banquet at 7:00 pm;  Sat 8:30 - 5:30;  Sun 8:30 - 1:30
VE Testing*:  Fri & Sat, 11:30 am;  See Amateur Examinations;  Info contact George Platteter, AA2FO, phone 585-334-4488
May 31
Westville (Washington Township), NJ - Bergen Amateur Radio Association (BARA)
Westwood Regional High School, 701 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township, NJ
Bergen Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 304, Hackensack, NJ  07601
Jim Joyce, K2ZO, 286 Ridgewood Blvd. No., Westwood, NJ  07675
Talk-In:  146.19+, 146.52 Simplex
E-mail: [email protected] 
http://www.bara.org/  (On-line Flyer in PDF)  (On-line Map & Directions in PDF)
Cost:  $5, XYL and kids free;  Vendors:  $10 per space (includes 1 admission), limited spaces w/ electric require advance registration
Opens:  8 am to 2 pm, Vendors 6 am
VE Testing*:  8 am to 10 am only;  $10 fee
June 14  
(Saturday) Bloomsburg, PA - Columbia-Montour Amateur Radio Club (CMARC)
Bloomsburg Hamfest and Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention & Computer Show
Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, Rt. I-80 Exit 34, Rt 42 S to Rt 11 N, fairgrounds or right
Columbia-Montour Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 90, Mifflinville, PA  18631
George Law, N3KYZ, 10 Whitenight Lane, Bloomsburg, PA  17815-8335
Talk-In:  147.225+ (PL 203.5), 146.52 Simplex
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $5, kids U12 free;  $5 tailgate, $20 per table ($10 deposit due 1 June), $5 electric; 300 acres free tailgating
Opens:  8 am to 3 pm;  Indoor setup Friday 7 June, 6 - 10 pm, overnight lockup, and 6 am Saturday
VE Testing*:  10 am, walk-ins only
June 15
Frederick, MD - Frederick ARC (FARC) Father's Day Hamfest
Frederick County Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Maryland (Exit 56 from I-70/US-40)
Frederick ARC, PO Box 1074, Mount Airy, MD  21771
Bob Moroney, K9CMR
Talk-In:  147.06+, 146.64- (K3ERM), 146.52 Simplex
GPS:  N 39 24 42" / W 77 23 45"
E-mail:   [email protected]
http://www.qsl.net/k3erm/  or  flyer & map  (PDF version);  Map to Fairgrounds
Cost:  $5;  Tailgate $5 plus admission;  Tables $10 in advance, $15 after 09 June
Indoor and tailgates, rain or shine
Opens:  8:00 am to 3:00 pm;  Vendors & tailgaters 6:00 am
VE Testing*:  9:00 am FREE! (see web site for more info or to register online);  Register by 11 June
June 21
(Saturday) Piscataway, NJ (formerly Dunellen) - Raritan Valley RC
Piscataway High School Lot # 11/12, Hoes Lane & Behmer Road, Piscataway
Raritan Valley Radio Club, PO Box 192, Martinsville, NJ  08836
Marty Ficke, KD2QK,  732-968-6911  call before 8 pm
or Fred Werner, KB2HZO, 732-968-7789
Talk-In:  146.625- (PL 141.3), 146.52 simplex, 442.250+ (PL 141.3)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.w2qw.org/   On-line flyer
Cost:  $5;  Tailgate $5 per space plus admission; Kids U14 and XYLs free
Opens:  7:00 am (6:00 am for vendors) rain or shine (outdoors)
QSL Bureau, DXCC and WAS verification
June 22
Hazlet, NJ - New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) - Antique Radio Swap Meet
North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ, off exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway (map)
New Jersey Antique Radio Club, <no mailing address available>
Phil Vourtsis, 13 Cornell Place, Manalapan NJ  07726
E-mail:  [email protected]  or  [email protected] (Marv Beeferman, 609-693-9430)
Cost:  $3 Buyers, $15 per table (NJARC members), $20 per table (non-members);  Tables provided for first 30 reservations, then BYOT
Opens:  8:30 am, 7:30 am for vendors
July 4
(Friday) Bressler, PA - Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club - Firecracker Harrisburg Hamfest
Emerick Cibort Park, Penn Street, Bressler;  I-283 to Swatara (PA 441 north at Exit 2), left on Eisenhower Blvd, right at next light, bear left at square onto Main Street, right onto Penn
Harrisburg Radio Amateurs Club, <no mailing address available>
Pete deVolpi, K3PD, 408 Hillside Ave, New Cumberland, PA  17070
Talk-In:  146.76- (W3UU)
GPS:  N 40 13.69' / W 76 49.09';   VE Testing Site:  N 40 14.35' / W 76 48.91'
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $5 (XYL, kids free), or $10 per carload;  Tailgate:  $5 per space, Tables:  $15 ($12 before 01 June)
Opens:  8:00 am, Vendor Setup 6-9 pm day prior or 6:00 am day of;  Independence Day celebration at Riverfront after hamfest
VE Testing*:  Free, nearby, starts at 9:00 am
July 6
Lehman (near Wilkes-Barre), PA - Wilkes-Barre Murgas ARC Hamfest & ComputerFest
Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Rt. 118 (I81 Exit 47B, Rt. 309N to Rt. 415 to Rt. 118)
Murgas Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1094, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18703
Frank Karcheski, N3WPG, 332 Madison St, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705
570-824-7579 (Frank)  or  George, K3ZK, 570-735-7794
Talk-In:  146.61- (PL 82.5)
E-mail:  [email protected] (Frank)  or  [email protected] (George) 
http://www.qsl.net/K3YTL;  Hamfest flyer/map
Cost:  $5 (advance $4), XYL and kids U16 free
Vendors:  one 8' space free outdoors, $5 other;  $14/space indoors incl. table & 110 VAC
Opens:  8:00 am, Vendors 6:00 am or Saturday 2 pm to 9 pm
VE Testing*:  10 am; Walk-ins preferred;  For more info contact Joe Caffrey at [email protected]
July 13
Kimberton (near Valley Forge), PA - Mid-Atlantic ARC (MARC)
Kimberton, PA, Fire Co. Fair Grounds, Route 113, south of the intersection with Route 23
Mid-Atlantic ARC, PO Box 2154, Southeastern, PA  19399
Rick Miskinis, N3AGS, 346 E. 9th Ave, Conshohocken, PA 19428
Talk-In:  146.835- or  443.80+ (PL 131.8)
E-mail:  [email protected] (General Info)  or  [email protected] (Reservations)
Cost:  $6 (unlicensed spouses, kids free);  Tailgate:  $6 (plus admission);  Indoor table w/electric:  $10 (plus admission)
Opens:  8 am, Sellers 7 am
July 13
Augusta, NJ - Sussex County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC)
Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta (Plains Road, off Rt. 206)
From Rt. 80:  Take Rt. 15N Approx. 20 Miles then Rt. 206N 1 Mile, Make Right on Plains Rd., approx. 1/4 mile - Fairgrounds on right
From Rt. 23:  Take Rt. 94S to Rt. 15N then to Rt. 206N 1 Mile Make Right on Plains Rd. - approx. 1/4 mile - Fairgrounds on right
From Rt. 84:  Take Rt. 23S to Rt. 639 (right onto  Rt. 639) in Sussex Borough.  Take Rt. 565 to Rt. 15 & 206.  Right on 206N, 1 mile, right on Plains Rd. - approx. 1/4 mile - Fairgrounds on right

Sussex County Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 11, Newton, New Jersey 07860-0011
Dan Carter, N2ERH
8 Carter Lane, Branchville, NJ  07826
973-948-6999   Fax:  973-948-6999
Talk-In:  147.90-, 222.90/224.50, 146.52 simplex
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.scarcnj.org/   Directions & Map
Cost:  $5, kids and non-hams free;  Tailgate:  $15,  Indoor:  $15
Overnight Camping:  $15
DXCC Card Checking
July 19
(Saturday) Salem Township, PA - Jonestown Mountain Repeater Association (JMRA)
Beach Haven Carnival Grounds, Rt. 11 between Berwick & Shikshinny (see Directions)
Jonestown Mountain Repeater Association, c/o Charles Hooker, PO Box 23, Huntington Mills, PA  18622-0023
Frank Wolfe, KB3ETK, 453 N. Washington St, Wilkes Barre, PA  18705
Keith Wolfe, N3YUA, 295 Carey Ave Apt A, Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
Talk-In:  145.130- (PL 77.0), 146.52 Simplex
E-mail:  [email protected]  or   Karen Thomas [email protected] 
http://www.weluvntservers.com/jmra  (website down?)
Cost:  $5 at gate, $4 in advance, Unlicensed Spouse/Kids free;  Tables $10 each or $8 in advance
Opens:  8 am, Vendors 6 am (or earlier)
VE Testing*:  10:00 am
July 27
Timonium, MD - Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society (BRATS)
Maryland Hamfest and Computer Fest
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD
I-83 Exit 16 (vendors), Exit 17 (general admission), just north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695);
  MTA Light Rail to the Timonium Park & Ride stop

Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society, PO Box 5915, Baltimore, MD  21282-5915
Bob Bennett, W3WCQ
410-461-0086 (voice or fax, 24-hour)
Talk-In:  147.03+, 224.96-
GPS:  N 39 26' 40" / W 76 37' 50"
E-mail:  [email protected]  or   [email protected]
http://www.bratsatv.org/  and  On-line Flyer & Map
Opens:  Tailgaters 6:00 am, Indoors 8:00 am;  Vendor set-up 2:00 pm Saturday
Cost:  $6, Kids U12 free;  Tailgate:  $10;  Indoors $60 (air conditioned)
VE Testing*:  Free!  9:00 am, check-in 8:30 am;  Pre-registration required, call John Creel, WB3GXW, at (301) 572-5124 between 6:00 pm and 9 pm, or e-mail to [email protected]
DXCC, WAS and VUCC card checking
August 2
(Saturday) Lewistown (Alfarata), PA - Juniata Valley Amateur Radio Club/Decatur Township Fire Dept
Decatur Township Fire company grounds, 8 miles east of Lewistown on US Rt 522 north
JVARC, PO Box 73, Yeagertown, PA  17099
Cliff Bell, WB3IVX
Talk-In:  146.91-
E-mail:  [email protected] (Jeff)
http://www.qsl.net/jvarc/  (website down?)
Cost:  $2, kids and XYLs free;  $ 5 tailgate, $10 indoor tables (admission included), electricity $2 extra
Opens:  8:00 am, Vendors 6:30 am
August 9


East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Fleamarket & Hamfest
Giants Stadium, Rt 3 West (near NJ Turnpike Exit 16W)
Meadowlands Flea Market.mailing address, One Sellick Street, Norwalk, CT  06855
Joe Vorst, 6003 Hudson Blvd, North Bergen, NJ  07047
Talk-In:  None
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $1, kids free;  $10 per 8'x40' space in advance, $15 day of;  free parking
Concurrent with regular Meadowlands flea market (general public), so bring the family!
Opens:  7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Rain or Shine
August 10
(Raindate 17 Aug) Westminster, MD - Carroll County Amateur Radio Club "Tailgate-Fest"
Carroll County Agricultural Center, off MD Rt. 32, west on to Smith Ave at the "Ag Center" sign (map)
Carroll County Tailgate Fest, PO Box 2211, Westminster, MD  21158
Joe Ebaugh, N3YIM, E-mail [email protected] 
Talk-In:  145.41- (K3PZN)
E-mail:   [email protected]
http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn/   (flyer in pdf format)
Opens:  8 am, Vendor setup 6 am;  Must clear grounds by 3 pm
Cost:  $5 per person (kids U12 free), No tailgate charge
August 10
Bayville, NJ - Jersey Shore ARS (JSARS Hamfest by the Shore)
Bayville Fire House, 445 Route 9 at Eugene Fury Rd, Bayville, NJ (GSP Exit 80S, 81N at Toms River, Rt. 9 South to Bayville,  or GSP Exit 82, Rt. 37 East, right at first light on Rt. 166S, merge with Rt. 9S to Bayville)
Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society (JSARS), PO Box 295, Toms River, NJ  08754-0295
Ed Genoino, WA2NDA,  [email protected]
Talk-In:  146.910- (PL 127.3), 443.35+ (PL 141.3)  W2DOR/R
GPS:  N 39 54' 00" / W 74 09' 18"
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Opens:  8 am, Vendor setup 6 am
Cost:  $5 Buyers/Sellers, Tables $15 each (incl one adm), XYLs and kids U14 free;  NO TAILGATING
VE Testing*:  Registration 11:00 am (separate building)
Indoors - Air Conditioned
August 17
Mullica Hill, NJ - Gloucester County ARC
4H Fairgrounds, Rt. 77, 2 miles south of Rt. 45 / Rt. 536, Mullica Hill, NJ
Gloucester County ARC, PO Box 370, Pitman, NJ  08071
Harry Bryant, AA2WN, PO Box 496, Pennsville, NJ  08070
856-678-6091 (day),  856-678-2556 (eve)
Talk-In:  147.18+ (PL 131.8) W2MMD
E-mail:  [email protected] 
No website
Opens:  8:00 am (general), 5:30 am (vendors)
Cost:  $5, Non-ham spouse, kids U12 free;  Vendors:  Tailgate $5, Pavilion $10 plus admission
Awards:  DXCC, WAS, VUCC Field Checking
VE Testing*:  9:30 am
QSL Card Checking (DXCC, WAS, VUCC) at 9:30 am
August 24
Pleasant Hill, PA (Hanover, PA/Manchester, MD) - Hanover Area Hamming Association (HAHA) Mini-Fest
Pleasant Hill Fire Company, PA Rt. 94, 1 mile north of Maryland state line (MD Rt. 30)
Hanover Area Hamming Association, PO Box 381, Manchester, MD  21102
Michael Garber, N3KTX, 494 Monarch's Drive, Westminster, MD  21157
Talk-In:  146.895-
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.qsl.net/haha;   Flyer with map & directions
Opens:  7:00 am, Vendors 6:00 am
Cost:  $3 per carload, selling vendors free
Sept 6-7
Saturday/Sunday West Friendship (near Columbia), MD - Foundation for Amateur Radio & Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA) FallFest
Maryland/DC Section Convention
Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland (I-70/US-40 Exit 80 to Rt. 32 south to Rt. 144/Frederick Rd. west)
Fall Fest, 5576 Eaglebeak Row,  Columbia, MD  21045
CARA:  Columbia Amateur Radio Association, PO Box 911, Columbia, MD   21044
FAR:  Foundation for Amateur Radio, 8800 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD  20740
Ed Cabic, N2EC  [email protected]  (410-992-7197)
Talk In: 147.135+ (no PL)  APRS:  K3CUJ-2
GPS:  N 39 18' 22.0" / W 76 57' 55.7"
E-mail:  FallFest[email protected]  
  (CARA:  [email protected]   FAR:  [email protected]  or [email protected] )
http://www.fall-fest.com   Directions  |  Programs (and registration)  |  Schedule  |  Flyer  |  Presentation Schedule
(Sponsors' web sites - CARA:  http://www.columbiaara.org   FAR:  http://www.amateurradio-far.org/)
Cost:  $6 ($5 before 1 Sept) both days;  Tailgate $10 + admission;  
  Indoor Tables:  $35 ea (1-4), $33 (5 or more);  $28 ea before 1 May;  includes 1 admission per table
  Barn:  $15 ea (1-4), $14 (5 or more);  $14/$13 ea before 1 May;  tables $6 ea or bring your own
  Pick out your tables at http://www.fall-fest.com/, or call Ed Cabic at 410-992-7197
Opens:  6:00 am (indoor spaces for vendors and tailgaters if inclement weather)
VE Testing*:  Free!  No pre-registration required;  Also Skywarn Classes and forums
Sept 6
(Saturday) Bartonsville, PA - Eastern PA ARA (EPARA) and Pocono ARK (PARK) (Pocono Area Hamfest & Electronics Expo)
Monroe County Vo-Tech, near Exit 46 of I-80 (Rt. 611)
Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur Radio Association, PO Box 51, Delaware Water Gap, PA   18327
Bill Connelly, W3MJ, 570-424-0845;  or Jerry Truax, N3SEI, 570-620-9080
Talk-In:  146.865- (PL 100.0), 147.045+ (PL 131.8), 146.535 (simplex)
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.qsl.net/n3is  or  http://www.qsl.net/w3prk/ ;  Directions & Map
Opens: 7:00 am, Vendors:  6:00 am (if before 6:00 am, must be pre-arranged!)
Cost:  $5 (children & spouse free);  Vendors:  $15 indoors, $5 outdoors
VE Testing*:  check-in at 9:00 am, exams start 9:15 am;  pre-registration preferred (e-mail: [email protected])
Sessions:  Al Waller, K3TKJ, of QSL.net; NJQRP, "Learn Morse Code in Five Minutes", more
Sept 14
Felton, DE - Kent County ARC (Dover area)
Diamond State Drive-In Theater, Felton, DE (approx. 8 miles South of Dover on U.S. Rt. 13, 1 mile past traffic light at Canterbury)
Kent County ARC, PO Box 1993, Dover, DE  19903-1993
Ken Steele, N3QJJ,  316 W Commerce St, Smyrna, DE  19977
Talk-In:  146.97-, 147.300+ (no PL)
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.kcarc.net    (hamfest flyer)
Opens:  7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost:  $5 (free tailgating with ticket);  No Sales Tax in Delaware!
Sept 14
Lawrenceville, NJ - Delaware Valley Radio Association (DVRA) and NJ Antique Radio Club
Hamfest,  Antique Radio Swap Meet, Computerfest & Fleamarket
NJ National Guard Armory, Eggerts Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
Delaware Valley Radio Association, PO Box 7024, West Trenton, NJ  08628
Glenn Costello, N2RPM
Talk-In:  146.67- (PL 131.8)
E-mail:  [email protected] 
http://www.w2zq.com/   (map)
Cost:  $6 general, 12U free;  $10 tailgate, $20 indoors w/electricity (includes 1 admission), $10 each additional
Opens 8:00 am, vendors 6:00 am
John Dilks (K2TQN), author of the Old Radio column in QST, will be there with his mobile radio museum
Jim Millner (WB2REM), ham radio and the internet author, will demonstrate and discuss the VoIP Echolink Boards
Sept 13-14
(Sat Seminars;
Sunday Hamfest)
York, PA - York Hamfest Foundation, York Fallfest and Computer Show
4-H Clubs of York County (771 Stoverstown Rd, York, PA, 1.8 miles west of US 30 and State Route 116, just south of SR 116 on Stoverstown Road)
York Hamfest, PO Box 351, Dover, PA  17315
John Shaffer, W3SST
717-764-8193 (phone/fax, auto switcher, 24 hours)  or  717-764-4805 (fax, 24 hours)
Talk-In:  146.52 simplex or 147.33 +.600
E-mail:    [email protected]   or  [email protected]
http://www.yorkhamfest.org/  |  Map of site  |  Schedule of Events
Cost:  $5 , non-ham spouse, kids U16 free;  Tailgaters $3 plus admission; Tables $15
     Vendor info/table reservations contact John Shaffer, W3SST;  or vendor info web site
Opens:  Saturday 2:00 pm, Seminars 3:00 pm
Opens:  Sunday (Hamfest) 8:00 am, Seminars 9:00 am (Vendors/Exhibitors 6:00 am)
VE Testing*:  Sat 14 Sept: 1:00 pm;  Fee $10.00  Pre-register via e-mail:  mailto:[email protected]
VE Testing*:  Sun 15 Sept:  Free!  1:00,pm;  Pre-register via e-mail:  [email protected]
Sept 20
(Saturday) Schnecksville, PA - Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club
Schnecksville Fire Dept, mile south of town on PA Rt 309, 4.3 miles North of US Rt 22, near Allentown
Delaware Lehigh ARC, Greystone Building, Gracedale Complex, RD 8, Nazareth, PA 18064-9278
Sue Schoch, KB3IDW
Talk-In:  146.70- (PL 151.4), 444.90+ (PL 151.4), 51.76 (PL 151.4) W3OK/R
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $5 ($1 Coupon), non-ham spouse, kids U12 free;  Tailgaters $2 per site + admission, Indoor tables $4 + admission
Opens:  7:00 am, Vendors 6:00 am;  Rain or shine;  Breakfast sold ($2.50-$3.50)
October 4
(Saturday) Brownstown (West Earl Twp), PA - Red Rose Repeater Association Tailgate Fest
West Earl Community Park, Brownstown Exit off Rt 222, Rt 772 East through Brownstown, cross bridge, on left
Red Rose Repeater Association, PO Box 8316, Lancaster, PA  17604-8316
Dave Phillips, W3CWE
E-mail:  [email protected]prodigy.net
Talk-In:  147.015+ (PL 118.8)
http://www.qsl.net/rrra   Map   Flyer (pdf)
Cost:  $1, Tailgaters $3, Limited Indoor tables, $5 (admission included for vendors)
Opens:  8 am to 2 pm
October 11
(Saturday) Carlisle, PA - South Mountain Repeater Association Halloween Hamfest
Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA (PA Turnpike Exit 16)
South Mountain Repeater Association, PO Box 43, Mt. Holly Springs, PA  17065
Central Pennsylvania Radio Amateurs Club
Bill Smyser, KA3LUT, 404 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, PA  17257
Talk-In:  145.27-, 145.43- (KB3CVO)
E-mail:  [email protected]   Vendors:  [email protected] (for pre-registration)
Cost:  $5, kids U12 free;  Vendors $5 admission, plus $5 tailgate or $10 indoors (indoor electric included)
Opens:  7 am;  Vendor setup starting 6 am
October 12

VHF Conference
    Sat Oct 11

Wrightstown, PA - Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club (Packrats) Hamarama 2003
Mid-Atlantic States VHF Conference - Saturday, 11 October

Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA
Mount Airy VHF Radio Club, 56 Home Rd., Hatboro, PA  19040
Joe Keer, W3KJ
Talk-In:  146.52 simplex (W3CCX)
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.ij.net/packrats;  on-line Hamarama flyerdirections & map (PDF format)
Cost:  $6 (non-ham XYL & kids U13 free);  Vendors $10/space or 10' table (BYOT), indoors tables first come basis
Opens:  7:00 am buyers, 6:00 am sellers
Mid-Atlantic States VHF Conference - see Conference Flyer
    Saturday October 11
    Radison North East, 2400 Old Lincoln Hwy at US Rt 1, Trevose, PA  19503-6894
    Cost:  $20 if preregistered (03 October deadline);  $25 at door
    Scheduled Presenters:
        K2UYH - Small Station EME
        W3IY - topic to be announced
        W2PED - 47 GHz Filter Design
        N3FTI - LO Lock Circuit Board Design
        PCS Base Station to 2304 PA Conversion
        N1ND - topic to be announced
October 19
Sellersville, PA - RF Hill Amateur Radio Club
Sellersville Fire Company, Main Street, Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville, PA (new fire house)
PA Rt 309;  DirectionsMap
RF Hill ARC, PO Box 336, Perkasie, PA  18944
Joan Crisafi, KB3JEU
215-230-7728;  Fax 215-230-7729
Talk-In:  145.31-
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.rfhill.ampr.org/   Directions & Map
VE Testing*:  10:00 am to noon (across street at American Legion Hall)
Cost:  $5 (non-ham spouse & kids free);  Tables $12.00 indoors (5 or more $10), Tailgate $6
Opens:  7:00 am, Vendors 6:00 am
October 26
Westminster, MD - Carroll County Amateur Radio Club (K3PZN), Mason-Dixon Hamfest & Computer Show
Carroll County Agricultural Center, off MD Rt. 32, west on to Smith Road at the Ag Center sign (map)
Mason-Dixon Computer & Hamfest , PO Box 2211, Westminster, MD  21158
John Hoge, W3JJH, 20 Ridge Road, Westminster, MD  21157
410- 857-2893
Talk-In:  145.41-
E-mail:  [email protected]   or   [email protected]
http://www.qis.net/~k3pzn/   (On-line Vendor Registration)
Cost:  $5 (kids U12 free);  $5 tailgate, Vendor $12 per table (every 4th free) - must pre-register by 03 Oct
VE Testing*:  9 am;  $10 fee;  Contact Phil Karras, KE3FL, [email protected], 3305 Hampton Ct., Mt. Airy, MD  21771;  Phone 301-831-5073
Nov 1
(Saturday) Hazlet, NJ - New Jersey Antique Radio Club (NJARC) - Antique Radio Swap Meet
North Centerville Volunteer Fire Company, 372 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ, off exit 117 of the Garden State Parkway (map)
New Jersey Antique Radio Club, <no mailing address available>
Phil Vourtsis, 13 Cornell Place, Manalapan NJ  07726
E-mail:  [email protected]  or  [email protected] (Marv Beeferman)
Cost:  $2 Buyers, $15 per table (NJARC members), $20 per table (non-members);  Tables provided for first 30 reservations, then BYOT
Opens:  8:00 am, 7:00 am for vendors
Nov 11
(Tuesday) West Conshohocken, PA - PARA pre-meeting flea market
PARAFEST, St Gertrude's Church Hall , 209 Merion Ave, West Conshohocken, PA
Philadelphia Area Repeater Association, PO Box 954, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0954
Gene Mitchell, K3DSM
Talk-In:  146.76-
E-mail:  [email protected]
http://www.g-c-o.com/para/ ;  Directions;  Map
Indoor flea market and tailgating prior to PARA meeting
Cost:  FREE for buyers & sellers
Opens:  7:00 pm
Nov 30
Toms River, NJ - Jersey Shore ARS (TAILGATE HAMFEST PARTY)
Knights of Columbus Hall, Corner of Tennyson Ave and Whittier Ave
GSP to exit 82 for Route 37 east. Towards Seaside Heights, merge onto 37 east. Go 4 lights, get in right lane. Take Washington St. jug handle before next light. Go across Washington St. onto Whittier Ave. Go a few blocks and look for Knights of Columbus on right.
Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Society (JSARS), PO Box 295, Toms River, NJ  08754-0295
Ed Genoino, WA2NDA
609 971 2792
Talk-In:  146.910- (PL 127.3)
GPS:  N 39 54' 00" / W 74 09' 18"
E-mail:  [email protected] 
Cost:  $10 each Seller Space, Buyers Admission is FREE
Opens:  7 am - 12 noon
VE Testing*:  Contact Ed (see above) for info
Tailgating only
Swap Nets
Tuesdays DCARA - Delaware County (PA) Amateur Radio Association SwapNet  
    Buy/Sell list 
    Tuesday nights, 7:30pm on 147.36+ & 224.500- 
Thursdays Willingboro Area Repeater Group Swap Net 
    Burlington County, NJ;  Central & Southern NJ;  Bucks and Philadelphia counties, PA 
    Thursday nights, 8:00 pm, 146.925-, no PL 
Sundays South Jersey Radio Association Traders Net  
    Medford, NJ area/SNJ 
    Sunday nights, 8:00 pm, 145.29- 

Cost Codes:  U16 means "kids under the age of 16."  14U means "kids 14 years of age and under."  Other ages may be shown also.  ULS means "unlicensed spouse."  XYL is one's wife (or more politically correct, one's spouse) regardless of license status.  BYOT means "Bring Your Own Tables."

All hamfests are held on Sunday (typically opening at 8:00 am, 6:30 am for vendors) unless otherwise stated. 
Dates listed as TBD have not been set yet, but are listed according to last year's date. 

Hamfest information is provided as a service to area hams.  Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information listed above, but always contact the hamfest sponsor prior to attending to confirm!  Sponsors should notify VARA of changes/corrections to the above listings to avoid upset patrons.

*Volunteer Examiner (VE) License Testing:

Bring photo ID, original license, any CSCEs, and photocopies of license and CSCEs.  Nominal fee (typically $10) usually charged
Save time by filling out FCC Form 605 in advance. 
Click here for details on what to bring

Notes for Vendors: 

Each hamfest sets it own vendor rules, but here are some guidelines.  Vendors should always contact the hamfest committee for specific vendor requirements, last minute prices, etc. 

  • Check to see if the hamfest has reduced rates for advanced sales, and what the deadline is 
  • Some hamfests permit early setup the day before, and may permit overnight camping (always check first!) 
  • The tax collectors have been frequenting the hamfests - commercial vendors should have their paperwork (e.g., tax or license certificates) in order 
  • Most hamfests limit what you can sell - always check first.  Few permit food/drink sales which would compete with the club's food concessions. 
  • If you need electric power, always check first to be sure it will be available.  Tables with electric are usually first come, first served, so get there early. 
  • Most hamfests are held rain or shine.  Tailgaters should be prepared with tarps, canopies, etc.  Be prepared for hot sun in the summer - bring shade and something to drink. 
  • Bring extra money to be able to make change (you might miss a sale if you can't change that $20!) 
  • If you plan to spread your wares out on the ground, bring a ground cloth or table - the ground may be damp 
  • Arrive on time.  Many hamfests don't like earlier arrivers, and if you get there too late, you'll miss the bargain hunters who usually show up early prepared to buy. 
  • If permitted, consider selling items which might attract kids and XYLs to keep the ham at your table longer 
  • Be prepared to quote a price for your items.  Consider price tags for customer convenience. 

For additional Hamfest and Swap Net web pages, see:

Where to go for Amateur Radio Classes and Exam Sessions  

List of Clubs in the Atlantic Division 

Repeater Lookup Website

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