Cedar Valley ARC Hamfest 2024

Cedar Valley ARC Hamfest 2024

Join the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC) for their annual Hamfest on August 3, 2024, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City, IA. This ARRL-sanctioned event promises a full day of activities, learning, and fun for amateur radio operators and enthusiasts of all ages.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 3, 2024
  • Location: Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Rd., Central City, IA 52214
  • Website: W0GQ.org/hamfest
  • Sponsor: Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequencies: 146.735 (192.8 Hz) / 146.52 Simplex


  • Event Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Main Door Prize Drawing: 2:00 PM
  • VE Testing: 2:00 PM (Contact Al Butler at ka0ies@arrl.net for information)


  • Kids under 18: Free
  • Adults: $10

Vendor Information:

  • Flea Market Tables: $10 ($15 after July 1)
  • Outdoor Fleas: Free
  • Commercial Vendors: $10/table with 2 free tickets
  • RV Camping: $20/night
  • Offsite Camping: Available at Pinicon Ridge Park

Activities and Features:

  • Indoor & Outdoor Flea Markets: Find a variety of amateur radio equipment, accessories, and more.
  • Vendor Spotlight: Associated Radio will be present, offering the latest in new equipment.
  • Live Demonstrations: Learn through hands-on activities and live demonstrations.
  • On-Site Food: Excellent food provided by Linn County 4-H Clubs and Linn County Pork Producers.
  • Forum Schedule: To be announced, featuring informative talks by experts in the field.

Additional Information:

  • Large Show Site: 39-acre venue with 6+ acres of free parking and on-site camping.
  • Community Involvement: In cooperation with the Iowa Antique Radio Club, ARRL, IEEE, Collins Amateur Radio Club, Collins Collectors Association, Eastern Iowa DX Association, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Iowa QRP Club, and more.

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: David Cripe (NM0S)
  • Address: 118 Hilltop Dr. NE, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
  • Phone: 319-651-5879
  • Email: nm0s@nm0s.com
  • Table Reservations: Contact David Layher at missouriredfox@yahoo.com

Volunteer Information:

  • Sign-Up List: Available online for those interested in volunteering at the event.

The Cedar Valley ARC Hamfest is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the amateur radio community, explore new equipment, and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned operator or new to the hobby, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendars for August 3, 2024, and join us for a day of discovery and camaraderie at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City, IA. See you there!

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