The 45th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest is on the horizon. Scheduled for December 11th and 12th, 2020. Be sure to mark your calendar.

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Message from our President, Bill Williams.

Everyone wants to know, will there be a Tampa Bay Hamfest in 2020?   It is a good question and the truth is we do not know yet.   Currently the requirements of the Strawberry Festival grounds would make it very difficult to have anything inside.   The Directors are keeping an eye on the situation and this website will be kept up to date with any information we may have.

UPDATE                UPDATE               UPDATE

The FGCARC Directors met Wednesday September 23 and decided to meet again October 14th to make the final decision.  In the meantime the Directors will consider all sides of the issue with the information that is currently available to them.

Thank you for your patience and 73,

Bill Williams


President of the Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council

Here are the 2019 prize winners:

The winner of the Saturday grand prize for 2019 was Art Lusk, KI4SGM, from Valrico. Art was presented with an AnyTone AT-D578IIIPRO Tri-Band Amateur DMR Mobile Radio with Bluetooth and GPS and antenna to match.

Congratulations. Art. We look forward to talking with you on the air.

The Friday prize was won by Dee Turner, N4GD. Dee’s prize was a Yaesu FT-70DR dual band handheld radio,  a very easy radio to program and use. Congratulations, Dee.

What is a Hamfest?

If you ask the all-knowing Internet that question you will get this answer:  A hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio.   Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and fleamarkets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.”  Now that is all well and good and certainly describes the fundamental offerings of the Tampa Bay Hamfest but there is more than that, much more. What you can see at this Hamfest is a gathering of hams enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hams. This is the intangible benefit of this Hamfest and indeed all hamfests. We like to have the opportunity to gather and meet our friends from other parts of Florida and elsewhere. Please join us, vendors, clubs and hams alike, in celebrating our hobby – amateur radio.

As you can see, our website has a new look. We would like to keep the site up to date with new information as it becomes available. To this end we will add items of interest to local hams and to our vendors to this Home Page as they become available. Please keep checking in for this information as we add it. In addition we ask for your participation in this effort and ask you provide items and information you would like to pass on to our local ham community. Thanks in advance for your help.

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