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46th Annual RARSFest and
ARRL NC State Convention
8AM-3:00PM   Saturday March 31, 2018
Preliminary info - Please check back often for updated 2018 informaion.
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NCSF Jim Graham Building
Jim Graham Building - NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607

Lattitude: 35.7936   Longitude: -78.71175
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
Some major Amateur Radio Dealers and Exhibitors who typically attend include:
KJI Electronics dBj Radio Ham World Satellite Headquarters
Eagle One Antennas Elecraft Call Stuff Electronic Product Design
QuickSilver Radio Flex Radio DZ Kit AC DC Electronics
Ham Public Svc NC ARRL QCWA The Wire Man
NWS-Skywarn     The Sign Man
Here are some RARSFest Pictures - thanks Tom, N4TL
Admission $8 pre-registration   (Payment must be received by March 24)
$10 if purchased after March 24 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
Hands-On Activities 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.
& 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.

Check the Meetings & Forums page for the complete updated activities schedule.
QSL card
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   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 or telephone 919-846-2317 in Raleigh.

Walk-in License Exams RARS W5YI Volunteer Examiners will conduct Amateur Radio License Testing 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 March 30, 2018 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.)
Talk-in 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 NON-SMOKING event. Fairgrounds regulations prohibit weapons, pornographic material, and pets in the Jim Graham Building. No food or drink may be sold or donated in the building by hamfest attendees.

RARSFest volunteer workers Sign up here
Volunteer workers can register items for the RARSfest Consgnment Sales Table HERE

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