Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Association Ham Fest and Tailgate 2024

Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Association Ham Fest and Tailgate 2024

Join the Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Association (SWIARA) for their annual Ham Fest and Tailgate event! This gathering is perfect for ham radio enthusiasts, hobbyists, and those curious about amateur radio.

Event Details:

  • Date: June 8, 2024
  • Time: TBD (Check the website for updates)
  • Location: Union County Emergency Management, 705 East Taylor Street, Creston, IA 50801
  • Sponsor: Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Association
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequency: KØCSQ Repeater 146.790 MHz (negative offset, PL 136.5 Hz)


  • Tailgate Party: Bring your own tables and chairs, and set up your gear for sale or swap. Enjoy a casual and friendly environment to connect with other amateur radio enthusiasts.
  • Vendor Stalls: Browse a variety of equipment and accessories from different vendors. Whether you're looking for a new radio, parts, or advice, you'll find it here.
  • Food and Refreshments: Grab a bite to eat while you chat with fellow hams and browse the stalls.
  • License Testing: Take advantage of the opportunity to get your amateur radio license or upgrade your existing one. Contact Doug Welsch for more details and to register in advance.

Contact Information:


The Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Association is a community of amateur radio operators dedicated to promoting the hobby and providing valuable communication support during emergencies. The club is involved in various activities, including:

  • Emergency Communications: Working with local emergency management to provide reliable communication during disasters.
  • Community Events: Participating in and supporting local events, offering communication services and showcasing amateur radio to the public.
  • Education and Outreach: Helping new hams get started, providing mentorship, and organizing events to foster learning and engagement in the amateur radio community.

Get Involved:

Whether you’re a seasoned ham operator or just starting out, the SWIARA Ham Fest and Tailgate is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of amateur radio. Meet new friends, learn from experts, and enjoy a day dedicated to all things radio.

Mark your calendar for June 8, 2024, and make your way to Creston, IA, for a day of fun, learning, and camaraderie. We look forward to seeing you there!

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