Orange Amateur Radio Club and
Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club
The Orange Hamfest is an ARRL sanctioned event.
WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
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.
Tailgating available in designated area, see below:
The Orange County Convention and Expo Center is ADA compliant
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
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:
or visit website Link for Lodging and Accommodations in Orange, Texas
2018 Grand Prizes:
Kenwood TS-590SG HF radio
Kenwood TM-V71A 2M/440 dual band mobile
Yaesu FT-7900R 2M/440 Dual band mobile
Comet CAA-500 Mk II Antenna analyzer
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.
-Extech EX420 Digital Multimeters
-Baofeng BF-F8HP 8W HT’s
-Pairs of Baofeng 5W HT’s
-TYT TH-9800 PLUS Quad Band Mobile 29/50/144/430 MHZ Ham Radio
Operating necessities and Much more!
2018 Hamfest Grand Prize Winners:
2018 PROGRAMS and FORUMS SCHEDULED - Updated 2/15/2018
8:00AM - 8:55AM - Hurricane Harvey Flooding Impact- Roger Erickson, National Weather Service
9:00AM - 9:55AM - ARRL Forum - ARRL South Texas Section Mgr.
10:00AM - 10:55AM - TBD
11:00AM - 11:55AM – Building High-Capacity Emergency Portable Battery Power Systems, Rick Beaulieu, OARC
MEETING ROOM #2:
8:00AM - 9:00 AM - Amateur Radio Intra-Operability Communications,
Paul Gilbert, West Gulf Division Assistant Director for Public Safety
10:00AM - 11:55AM - VE Testing and License Examinations
All Meeting / Forum times and content are subject to change.
VE testing will start at 10:00 A.M Saturday, 24th. 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
Palmetto Antennas, LLC
1412 East Mississippi Ave.
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
KITPARTS, 4770 Oakmont Ct., League City TX 77573
· Joel Swapp Hat Embroidery
Serving the Amateur Radio community with contesting and general logging software since 1997.
MPD Digital/USACOAX http://WWW.USACOAX.COM
415 Flint Ave, Albany, GA 31701
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 2018 Hamfest.
Food Concession purchases will support the Orange County 4H Groups
Notice !!! Friday Night !!!
Remember our Friday Dinner (Feb. 23rd) 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 $15.00 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: [email protected] or
Chuck Vincent (409)-540-0477 or Email: [email protected]
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 (23rd) and 6:00AM-7:30AM Saturday (24th).
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 8:30AM Saturday (24th) 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 4 - tables are available as of Feb. 18, 2018.
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 8:30AM the day of the Hamfest, will be re-rented!!!
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 [email protected]
Must be postmarked by February 17, 2018
ORANGE HAMFEST TABLE RESERVATION FORM –2018 ****
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 $________________________ (make checks or M.O. payable to Orange Amateur Radio Club)
REGISTRATION TABLE CONFIRMATION
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 ______
Page updated 2/18/2018