The 49th annual Tampa Bay Hamfest will be held December 13th and 14th, 2024

Planning starts now

The Hamfest is OPEN. Come visit us today.

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President’s Message

To all our friends in Florida and elsewhere, welcome.

The 2023 Tampa Bay Hamfest is over.  This website is now closed to all orders to help us update for the 2024 Hamfest information.

The Florida Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Council (FGCARC) thanks all our vendors for their continued support of the Tampa Bay Hamfest and the Florida ham community in general. We also want to thanks the local and visiting hams for their support too. It was encouraging to see all those who attended the Hamfest. It seems we are finally over the Covid nightmare and back to getting together again at local events.  We certainly thank those volunteers whose myriad efforts kept the Hamfest under control and running smoothly. Bravo all.

We remind our local hams to again step up and volunteer to help plan and run the 2024 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.