32nd Annual Hamfest of Southern Berkshire ARC

32nd Annual Hamfest of Southern Berkshire ARC

Ham radio enthusiasts and tech lovers mark your calendars! The 32nd annual Southern Berkshire ARC Hamfest is set to dazzle this year on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the scenic Goshen Fairgrounds in Connecticut. Whether you're a vendor, a buyer, or just someone with a keen interest in amateur radio and electronics, this event promises something for everyone.

Why You Should Attend

The Hamfest, organized by the Southern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club, is more than just a gathering; it's a vibrant hub for exchanging knowledge, equipment, and stories from the world of amateur radio. Here’s what makes it special:

  • Vendors and Buyers: Starting bright and early, vendors can set up their indoor tables from 6:00 AM and outdoor tailgating spots at a nominal fee, including one admission per vehicle. It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase or scout for radios, components, and other electronic gadgets.

  • ARRL License Exams: If you're looking to get your amateur radio license or upgrade your existing one, ARRL license exams will be conducted at 9:30 AM. Remember, no walk-ins are allowed, so make sure to preregister!

  • Community and Fun: Bring your own chairs, enjoy the available food, and dive into a morning filled with engaging talks and demonstrations. It's a great way to meet fellow hams from around the region and beyond.

Essential Details

  • Location: Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle Street, Goshen, CT 06756

  • Admission: Just $5, with free entry for children under 12. Don’t forget that food will be available from 7:00 AM and clean restrooms will be provided.

  • Communication: For any inquiries or further information, you can contact Lee Collins at (860) 435-0051 or via email at k1lee@arrl.net. Visit the event website at www.sberk.org to see past Hamfest activities and gather more details.

Tips for Attendees

  • Use the North Gate: Due to other concurrent Fairground activities, Hamfest attendees are advised to use the north gate for entry.
  • Plan for the Weather: The event will go on rain or shine, so come prepared!
  • Networking: Bring your business cards and prepare for plenty of handshakes. It's an excellent opportunity for networking and learning from seasoned ham radio operators.

The Southern Berkshire ARC Hamfest is a must-visit for anyone interested in the technical and social aspects of ham radio. It offers a rare opportunity to connect with a passionate community, find rare equipment, and even take the first step towards getting your ham radio license. See you at the Hamfest!

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