The 48th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will be held December 8th and 9th, 2023

Planning starts now – time is flying

The Hamfest is OPEN. Come visit us today.

Let us fasttrack you to order tickets and space.

To go to the hamfest SHOP for tickets and space:
Click Here


Starting Thursday, December 7th, no orders will be accepted via this website. New orders must be placed at the Service Desk in the Main Expo Hall or at the Ticket Sales Kiosk at the entrance to the Hamfest during Hamfest hours.

President’s Message

To all our friends in Florida and elsewhere, welcome.

The 2023 Tampa Bay Hamfest is only a week or so away. Now is the time to place your orders for tables, booths, tailgate, and so on. This can all be done using this website. All of the options are listed and details on each can be seen by clicking on the item you are interested in ordering.

Attendance is an area where we will seek to improve upon in 2024 but two years in a row with monetary losses does require us to raise the admission fees.  The price at the gate for 2023 will be $13 and $10 in advance.  No other prices will change.

Again, we ask our local hams to step up and volunteer to help plan and run the 2023 Tampa Bay Hamfest.  There are always plenty of opportunities to help FGCARC (Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council) and we welcome all who can assist in this once-a-year effort.  You can also remind your friends of the hamfest as many who do not belong to a club never seem to get the word. 

Please keep in touch.  We always appreciate hearing from our vendors and hams with ideas and suggestions to improve the Hamfest.  Please contact me or any of our officers at

We all look forward to our yearly get-together. Stay safe and see you soon.

Bill Williams, AG4QX

President of the Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council, Inc.
Chairman of the Tampa Bay Hamfest

2022 Hamfest Prize winners

The winner of the Hamfest Grand Prize is Luke Waatti WB8UJU.  Luke lives in Spring Hill, FL. He won an Alinco DR-735T radio.

Above is Luke with Dave Welty, our Hamfest Prize coordinator.

Congratulations, Luke.

Ken Lyons KN4MDJ won Friday’s Main Prize. He won a Diawa Cross Point SWR/Power meter. Ken lives in Winter Garden, FL. He is very active in promoting amateur radio to Scouting and has won the the 2022 KB4UT Wayne Nelson Amateur of the Year Award for his continuing effort in this arena.

Congratulations, Ken.

Saturday’s Main Prize winner is Larry Fountain KD8PUD. Larry comes to us from Swanton, OH. He won an Alinco DJ-VX50H.

Congratulations, Larry. Hope to see you again in 2023 at our Hamfest.