Hendricks County Tailgate Fest 2024

Hendricks County Tailgate Fest 2024

Join the Ham Emergency Radio Operations for the Hendricks County Tailgate Fest on August 10, 2024. This ARRL-sanctioned event will be held at the Avon United Methodist Church in Avon, IN, offering a fantastic opportunity for amateur radio enthusiasts to connect, exchange equipment, and learn about emergency communications.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 10, 2024
  • Location: Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E. US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123
  • Sponsor: Ham Emergency Radio Operations
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequency: 145.130 MHz PL-Tone 88.5


  • Event Hours: To be announced


  • General Admission: Free (details on any fees for vendors or activities to be confirmed)

Activities and Features:

  • Tailgate Style Selling: Bring your items to sell or trade right from your vehicle.
  • Networking Opportunities: Meet fellow amateur radio enthusiasts and share experiences.
  • Emergency Communication Demonstrations: Learn about the role of amateur radio in emergency situations and how operators set up and operate organized communication networks during and after disasters.

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: Kenneth A Kayler, KC9SQD
  • Address: 3090 Clover Dr., Plainfield, IN 46168
  • Phone: 317-874-7068
  • Email: kc9sqd425@gmail.com

About Amateur Radio Emergency Service: Amateur Radio operators play a crucial role in emergency communications during disasters. They set up and operate organized communication networks for governmental and emergency officials and provide non-commercial communication for private citizens. Amateur Radio operators are often active when regular communication lines are damaged due to power outages and destruction of infrastructure-dependent systems.

Major Amateur Radio Emergency Organizations:

  • Local Level: Participation in local emergency organizations and "traffic nets" using VHF and UHF frequencies.
  • State Level: Involvement with state emergency management operations.
  • National Level: Participation in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) coordinated through FEMA, and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) coordinated through the ARRL and its field volunteers.
  • Skywarn: Operates under the National Weather Service (NWS) providing emergency weather information.

Recognition by National Relief Organizations:

  • Formal Agreements with: Department of Homeland Security -- Citizen Corps, FEMA, National Communications System, Salvation Army, National Weather Service, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

Join us at the Hendricks County Tailgate Fest for a day of community, learning, and trading. Whether you're a seasoned amateur radio operator or new to the hobby, this event offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars for August 10, 2024, and come to Avon, IN for this exciting event. See you there!

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