Helena Hamfest



The seventh annual Helena Hamfest is fast approaching! And this year it will be held in conjunction with the Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air!

The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Helena Amphitheater in beautiful Helena, AL. The address is 4151 Helena Road, Helena, AL 35080. (Note this is the updated address, the original address was incorrect.)

The theme of this year's hamfest is Digital Communications. We plan to have various demonstrations of digital modes, and our prizes this year fit into the digital theme. Some of our prizes will include:

A D-Star Transceiver (Icom ID-51A)
A Baofeng UF5-RE Transciever
A portable HF Antenna
Three gift certificates from the ARRL.
A gift certificate from the RF Adapter Guy
...and other vendor supplied prizes.

This year we are hosting the Boy Scout Jamboree on the air for Shelby County. This is an international event where Boy Scouts can make radio contact with other Scouts from around the world, and learn about Amateur Radio operation, to earn credit toward their Radio Merit Badge.

All scouts will get into the event free this year, scouts will have opportunities to make radio contact with other scounts to earn credit for their radio merit badge.

We plan to have several radio stations in operation to support the Boy Scout Jamboree and other stations to demonstrate many of the digital modes of communication.

In Shelby County, this time of year is usually beautiful, crisp, colorful, and with not much chance of rain, just as autumn should be -- not too hot, and not too cold, and absolutely perfect for an outdoor Hamfest!

We'll have tons of tailgaiters with tons of equipment for sale, and are expecting some great vendors.

Tables will be $10.00 each. Vendors or tailgaiters can bring their own tables if they wish. In that case, the only charge is the price of admission!

Admission: $5 per licensed ham

VE Testing will occur thanks to the ARA Group from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Testing is $15 per person, check or cash (correct change is appreciated). You will need a copy of an ID, such as a driver's license. If you are already licensed, you'll also need a copy of your current license. Note we won't have a way to copy these onsite, so you will HAVE to bring a copy with you that you can leave with the testing administrators (we have to provide these to the FCC).

If you need more information please visit our Contact Us page, where you can send us an email. Someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Talk-in will be on 147.320 MHz(-), PL 88.5


We welcome Ham World and MFJ Enterprises once again to our hamfest, stop by and see what they have to offer!

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