Roanoke HamFest 2024

Roanoke HamFest 2024

The Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) and the William Byrd Middle School Amateur Radio Club invite you to the Roanoke Hamfest on August 3, 2024. This ARRL-sanctioned event will be held at William Byrd Middle School in Vinton, VA. Join fellow amateur radio enthusiasts for a day filled with learning, networking, and fun.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 3, 2024
  • Location: William Byrd Middle School, 2910 E. Washington Ave., Vinton, VA 24179
  • Website:
  • Sponsor: Roanoke Valley ARC
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequency: 146.985 Repeater, Tone 107.2 Hz (Simplex 146.580 MHz)


  • Event Hours: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Vendor Setup: Starts at 7:00 AM
  • Laurel VEC Testing Session: 10:00 AM (Free, pre-register with Sarah, AC4SJ)


  • General Admission: $5.00 per person (free for those under 18 or with a college ID under 25)
  • Outside Tailgate Area: $5.00 per space (plus $5.00 admission)
  • Parking: Free on-site parking

Activities and Features:

  • Indoor Exhibit Hall: Air-conditioned space with vendors and exhibitors.
  • Outdoor Tailgate Area: Buy, sell, and trade amateur radio and electronics gear.
  • Food Concessions: Breakfast and lunch available on-site.
  • Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) Station: Opportunity for new operators to get on the air.
  • Special Exhibit: Featuring Scott KE4WMF's unique contest vehicle.

Door Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-710 AESS HF/6 meters
  • Other Prizes:
    • Icom IC-V3500 Mobile 2 meters
    • Icom ID-50A DStar/FM Dual Band HT
    • Radioddity GA-510 Dual-Band HT
    • Bioenno Power Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Batteries + Chargers (20 Ah and 15 Ah)
    • AirBoss Antenna Launcher
    • Ham Community MegaSheet Posters
    • BridgeCom Systems Gift Certificate and BridgeCom Plus Community Membership
    • Buckmaster HamCall DVD
    • Radio Attic $50 Gift Certificate
    • ARRL Gift Certificates

Vendors and Sponsors:

  • Vendors:
    • HC Baker (batteries, electronics)
    • Gold Medal Ideas (custom embroidery, name badges, hats, t-shirts)
    • Radio Cardinal Communication
    • Reliance Antennas
  • Sponsors:
    • Radioddity
    • Bioenna Power
    • Olah Technologies (AirBoss)
    • Buckmaster International, LLC
    • Ham Community
    • BridgeCom Systems
    • Radio Cardinal Communication
    • Radio Attic

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: Darrell Little (KI4LLA)
  • Address: 3409 Winding Way Rd. SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Phone: 540-885-2262
  • Email:

Vendor Reservations:

  • Contact: David W4SSE at
  • Note: Limited inside table reservations available. Outdoor tailgate spaces are first-come, first-serve.

Additional Information:

  • No inside pets, smoking, alcohol, pornography, or weapons allowed.
  • HamFest 2-for-1 Weekend: Visit the Berryville HamFest on Sunday, August 4, 2024.

Join us at the Roanoke Hamfest for a day of exploration, learning, and fun. Whether you're a seasoned amateur radio operator or just starting, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendars for August 3, 2024, and see you in Vinton, VA!

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