Hamfest 2021 Map

Hamfest Hours:

  • The hamfest will be open to the public Sat, 9:00–4:30 PM and Sun, 9:00–3:00 PM.
  • Grand prize drawing will be Saturday at 4:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM.
  • Move-in hours for dealers and flea market are Fri, 10:00 AM–8:00 PM and Sat, 7:00–9:00 AM.
  • Admission: is $10, under 12 free.

Parking:

A parking garage across the street is being re-constructed adjacent to a new Hampton Inn and is partially open.  Access is via Clinton Ave.  Additional surface lots on Clinton Ave will also be open. Underground parking at the VBC South Hall is limited to 500 spaces.  Hamfest is coordinating with the VBC and City of Huntsville to address parking bottlenecks that occurred in 2019.


License Exams: 

Exams are conducted outside of the paid-admission area. Exams will begin at 10:00 sharp. Saturday and Sunday in the curtained area outside the South Hall. Bring your original license, copy of same, any CSCEs you want to present. Also, a government-issued picture ID. The test fee is $10.00; $5.00 for students. CASH ONLY. Please see the CAVEC website for more info: cavechamexam.com


DX Card Checking:

Representatives will be available to field check your DX cards for DXCC credit. Visit the NADXC booth for information.


Hospitality Suites:

Huntsville Hamfest will host Hospitality Rooms on Friday and Saturday nights, at Embassy Suites, Room 201 from 5:30 — 10:30 PM. Come by and talk to the great, the near great, and those who just think they are great!


YL Breakfast:

A Dutch treat breakfast, organized by the Huntsville Area Young Ladies Amateur Radio Club (HAYLARC), will be at 7:30 AM Sunday morning at City Café Diner, 2003 Drake Ave SW, Huntsville 35801.  All are welcome.  (approx 6 min / 2 miles south of VBC).   https://citycafedinerhuntsville.com/


Talk-in station:

Our always welcoming and always helpful  talk-in crew will be operating as K4BFT on the 146.94-, 100Hz tone, repeater for complete talk-in information. Back-up frequency is 145.33-, 100Hz tone, repeater.


Thursday Night Net:

All hams arriving on Thursday are invited to check-in to our 2m Madison County ARES Training Net at 7:30 PM (146.94-,  100Hz).  This net will feature a more relaxed atmosphere and allow questions from visitors.  Back-up frequency is 145.33-, 100Hz.


A Gathering on Monte Sano:

For many years QRP enthusiasts and other hams have chosen the overnight camping facilities at Monte Sano State Park.  This year we will be soliciting opinions on how re-vitalize this popular pastime.  If there’s enough interest shown in 2021, more may be planned in 2022.  For information on overnight accommodations & services at the park, see: https://www.alapark.com/parks/monte-sano-state-park