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49th Annual RARSFEST

RARSfest is presented every year for the benefit and education of amateur radio operators. You do not need to be a licensed "ham" to attend! While at RARSfest, you'll have the opportunity to get or upgrade your license.

The details

  • RARSfest 2023 Hamfest

  • 49th year of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society Electronic Flea Market

  • ARRL NC State Convention

  • Hamfest prizes all day, Grand Prize at 2 PM

  • New equipment dealers (all major brands)

  • Amateur Radio license testing – 11:30AM Sharp

  • Forums, Digital Modes, Other

  • ARRL Division and Section Meetings

  • Construct a 2M wire J-Pole Antenna

  • Free parking.  

  • Paid overnight camping available

  • Talk-in on 146.64, no tone

  • Activity details at:

  • “The Raleigh Hamfest”

  • Saturday, April 8th 8 AM to 3 PM

  • Tickets: $12 on-site; $10 advance

  • Age 17 and under free

  • Satellite Communications and portable operations demos

  • Wide aisles, plenty of room for drive-in loading and unloading. 

  • 100,000 square feet of airconditioned indoor space!

  • Drive-in load/unload

  • Friday noon to 8 PM, Saturday 6 to 7:30 AM

  • The NC State Fairgrounds does not permit outdoor sales/tail-gaiting

  • Fairgrounds regulations prohibit weapons, pornographic material and pets (Service Animals Only) in the Jim Graham Building.  No food or drink may be sold or donated by attendees in the Hamfest building at any time. 

  • No smoking.


​Jim Graham Building

State Fairgrounds

4285 Trinity Rd

Raleigh, NC 27607

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