2022-09-10 OARC (Carp) Hamfest

Annual OARC Hamfest, September 10, 2022

One small corner of the OARC Hamfest

Editor’s note: Hamfest 2022 has come and gone and ED VE3WGO has kindly provided a summary video of the event. The original notice/invitation to the event appears below the video and photo gallery.

2022 Hamfest chair video report

Ed VE3WGO, the hamfest chair, presented a summary at the OARC 2022-09-14 meeting.

Hamfest 2022 picture gallery

Photos are still at the lab …

About the OARC Hamfest

The annual OARC Hamfest is the region’s largest fleamarket and hamfest. All of the big ham radio retailers are going to be there! Dozens of fellow hams will set up tables loaded with radio goodies at unbelievable prices. There will also be major doorprize draws. Come and have a non-Zoom eyeball QSO.

To learn more about the OARC Hamfest, please see the Hamfest information page. It has links to past Hamfest descriptions and photos and gives a quick summary of OARC Hamfest history. But for this year’s Hamfest, keep reading!

Location, times, and dates

  • Venue setup date and time:
    Friday, September 9, 2022 at a time TBD. We need volunteers to help set up! NOTE that this is setup for the infrastructure, NOT for vendors.

  • Hamfest date and start times:
    Saturday, September 10, 2022
    Commercial vendor setup: 7:30 am
    Private vendor setup: 8 am
    Open to public: 9 am – noon
    Teardown after noon. We need volunteers to help teardown and clean up!

  • Cost:
    $6 general admission per person
    $14 per table (admission is extra)
    Please book tables early to reserve your preferred table location!

Facilities and services

  • Breakfast, coffee, and snack concession in the lobby area.

  • Volunteer organizations and displays, including RAC, ARES, QCWA, etc.

  • On-site amateur radio licence exams. Get your licence, or upgrade during the hamfest!
    NOTE: if you are upgrading, bring the 11-digit certificate number on your licence to speed processing.

  • Free parking!

Need more info? Want to reserve a table?

Contact Ed VE3WGO via hamfest@oarc.net .

Things to do after the Hamfest

We are located right next door to the famous Carp Farmers’ Market, and just minutes away from the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum. Come to Ottawa and enjoy your visit!

This event subject to change dependent on provincial and municipal COVID-19 restrictions.

5 thoughts on “2022-09-10 OARC (Carp) Hamfest

    1. Sorry Shawn, but it is not possible for the OARC to provide transportation to the Hamfest. I am not aware of any hamfest that provides transportation to its event. Due to the extremely high cost of a venue in the city and particularly due to issues related to parking (i.e. it’s not free), almost all hamfests and similar events are held further afield.

  1. Greg, I don’t think VA3GFY was asking if the club was offering transportation.
    Shawn, I’m hoping to be in Ottawa for the event. I’ll know in about a week. If I come, I might be able to give you a ride there although it will be very early as I will be volunteering. I can’t promise a ride back. I can let you know. Update your QRZ with your email address so I can contact you.

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