WCARS Hamfest 2024

WCARS Hamfest 2024

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the WCARS Hamfest, hosted by the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society. This annual event is a highlight for radio enthusiasts and newcomers alike, showcasing the vibrant amateur radio community in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Event Details:

  • Date: July 20, 2024
  • Location: Smokey Mountain Event Center (Former Haywood County Fairgrounds), 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville, NC 28785
  • Website: wcars-club.org
  • Sponsor: Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest

What to Expect:

  1. Gates Open: The excitement begins early with gates opening for vendors at 6 am, followed by doors opening to the public at 8 am.
  2. Activities: Explore a wide range of activities, including vendor booths with the latest radio equipment and accessories, forum presentations by industry experts, VE testing for aspiring operators, and engaging discussions on all things amateur radio.
  3. Ticket Information: Tickets are available for $7 in advance or $10 at the gate, offering access to a day filled with radio enthusiasts and opportunities.
  4. Vendor Spaces: Reserve your spot inside or in the covered flea market area for $15 each, providing a platform to showcase your products or find unique treasures.
  5. Talk-In: Stay connected with N4DTR Repeater on 147.39+ PL 94.8 for talk-in support and event updates.
  6. Community Spirit: Connect with fellow radio enthusiasts, share stories, and immerse yourself in the rich history and innovation of amateur radio in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  7. Door Prizes: Don't miss your chance to win exciting door prizes and take home memorable souvenirs from the Hamfest.

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: Randy Harris (KI4VLW)
  • Address: PO Box 1488 Asheville, NC 28802
  • Phone: 828-298-6685
  • Email: wcars.nc.hamfest@gmail.com

The WCARS Hamfest is more than an event; it's a celebration of community, innovation, and the enduring spirit of amateur radio. Join us on July 20th for a day of discovery, learning, and fun amidst the breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you're a seasoned operator or just starting your radio journey, there's something for everyone at WCARS Hamfest!

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