Thanks for another Great RARSfest!
2016 had more hams, more youths, more vendors, more activities, more....everything!
45th Annual RARSFest and ARRL Roanoke Division Convention 8AM-3:00PM Saturday April 15, 2017
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Jim Graham Building - NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607
Lattitude: 35.7936 Longitude: -78.71175 FREE PARKING
Northern Piedmont's Largest Hamfest ARRL Roanoke Division Convention
100,000 sq. ft. All Indoor Climate Controlled Facility
ARRL Field Officers. Will be attending
QSL Card Checking
Some major Amateur Radio Dealers and Exhibitors who typically attend include:
Eagle One Antennas
Electronic Product Design
Ham Public Svc NC
The Wire Man
The Sign Man
AC DC Electronics
$8 pre-registration   (Payment must be received by April 8) $10 if purchased after April 8 or at the door. A $100 prize will be drawn from pre-registrations.
Age 16 & under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
$100 pre-registration prize drawing at 9:00 AM
$100 prize drawings hourly from 10:00 AM through 1:00 PM
$400 main prize drawing at 2:00 PM
Build a J-pole
Come to our project table & build your own 2 meter J-pole antenna
(We provide tools, materials, and guide you through this simple project.)
Indoor competitive Fox Hunt on a frequency (2m) to be announced. NOTE: No YAGI antennas may be used inside the building.
Meetings & Forums
Including a special guest from ARRL HQ
ARRL Section Field Organization, ARES/NTS Meeting with NC Section Manager Karl Bowman W4CHX, NC Field Organization, and the NTS/ARES staff.
ARRL NC State Section appointed DXCC Card Checker Bill McDowell, K4CIA, will be Checking DXCC, WAS, WAC and VUCC QSL cards at the ARRL booth. Bill is also a Check Point for CQ awards.
NOTE from K4CIA:
Please come with all paperwork completed using the latest versions of the application and listing sheets available from the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc. Most questions one may have can be answered by the DXCC FAQ available on the website.
If you have questions for K4CIA prior to the hamFest Bill can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 919-846-2317 in Raleigh.
Walk-in VE Testing
RARS Volunteer Examiners conduct a W5YI VE Test Session at 9:00 AM.
Walk-ins are welcome until 10:00 AM. The current W5YI exam fee is $14.
A welcoming reception for vendors and dealers will be held Friday night April 14, 2017 from 7-8 PM in the large meeting room. Enjoy fellowship, entertainment, and complimentary dinner.
(RARS members please bring a dish to share with our guests.)
146.64 Mhz RARS repeater. (Backup is 146.88 Mhz WB4TQD repeater.)
NOTE: The backup repeater will not be monitored unless needed.
RARSFest parking is FREE. Please note the special RARSFest
parking area shown on the map and follow the traffic and parking instructions
while on the grounds.
Full RV hookup for overnight camper parking is available at the fairgrounds for a nominal fee. Complete information is available on the NC State Fairgrounds website.
In accordance with Fairgrounds regulations the RARSfest is a
Fairgrounds regulations prohibit weapons, pornographic material, and pets in the
No food or drink may be sold or donated in the building by hamfest attendees.