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The 42nd annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will open on Friday, December 8th. It is time to mark this date on your calendar.


About 3 weeks to go. Get your orders in.

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 so we have adopted WordPress to help present our message. The theme used is the GeneratePress theme and we use Elementor Pro and various plug-ins as aids to page design. Our hosting remains with Go-Daddy.

This effort will doubtless have its glitches and oversights so we always appreciate hearing from the sites users with constructive comments and advice. Click here to contact us.


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.

How do I reserve my space? There are two ways to do this.

As in prior years, simply click here or click on the menu item "2017 Hamfest" above and select "Flier". This will show the current year's Hamfest Flier. Print the Flier on your printer. Complete the registration coupon at the bottom, cut off the coupon section and mail it with your payment to the address shown. Include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you wish your ticket(s) sent to you before the Hamfest. Without the SASE we will hold your ticket(s) for you to pick up at the ticket booth or at the FGCARC Service Desk on the day of the Hamfest. You will need to show proof of your identity to get your ticket(s).

The easier way is to pay with PayPal.

With this new website you can much more easily buy your ticket(s) or reserve and pay for your indoor or tailgate space(s) using PayPal or a credit card.

Just hover on the menu button for this year's Hamfest in the navigation menu at the top of the page. On the drop down sub-menu click on 'Table and Booth Rental' or 'Tailgate Space Rental' to go to the list of options available to you to buy. Select the quantity of each item needed and click the 'View cart' button on the right end of the top green space or click on 'Cart' on the right in the top navigation menu. This takes you to the 'Cart' where you can verify items and quantities and adjust as necessary. When satisfied with the list and price, click on the 'Proceed to checkout' button to go to the Checkout page where you will enter your name, etc. When completed, choose PayPal or use a credit card as payment method and verify you have read and accept the terms & conditions. Now click the 'Proceed to PayPal' button. You will now reach the PayPal payment page to complete your payment.

Tickets, etc. purchased this way will be available at the ticket booth or at the Service Desk inside the Expo Hall. You will need to provide proof of your identity at time of pick up.