York Region Hamfest 2016

Sponsor: York Region ARC
Start date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
End date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Closest town: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Road, Markham, ON 
Directions to location: Go to the following site: http://www.markhamfair.ca/canadas-largest-4-day-agricultural-fair-6/greetings/how-to-get-here/
Opening times: 0630 for vendors. Commencing at 07:30 the general public will be admitted to Hall 2, with free coffee and tea. A pancake breakfast will be available in Hall 2 commencing at 07:30. Doors open for the general public to the sales areas in Halls 3 and 4 at 09:00.
Cost: General admission is $7:00. Children 12 and under admitted free. Cost of admission includes a door prize ticket. Draws for door prizes every 20 minutes at The Prizes Booth in Hall 2. Grand Prize tickets will be available at the Prizes Booth in Hall 2, $5.00 per ticket or three for $10.00. Draw for Grand Prizes at 12:00 at the Prizes Booth in Hall 2.
Talk-in frequency: VE3YRA 145.350 MHz(-): T:103.5 Hz; VE3YRC(V) 147.225 MHZ (+): Tone 103.5Hz; VE3YRC(U)444.225 MHz(+): No tone Note: All repeaters are linked
Description: Loads of Parking --- Vendors galore in two separate halls, plus a separate hall for admissions --- Pancake breakfast available onsite --- Free coffee and tea --- Lots of space to meet with your friends --- Wide aisles for scooters and wheelchairs --- Exhibits and Demonstrations --- Great door prizes --- Grand Prizes--- DXCC, WAS & VUCC Card Checking --- Licensing Examinations: Cost is $15. Please register with the Hamfest Co-ordinator prior to the Hamfest to ensure we have sufficient exams. 
For more info: Prospective vendors or those requiring further information should contact us at: yrarc.hamfest@gmail.com
Email contact: yrarc.hamfest@gmail.com
Webpage: http://yrarc.org/index.php/our-hamfest
Date updated: 2016-05-02 09:46:37
Author: Geoffrey Smith VA3GS

HARC Hamfest 2016

HARC Hamfest 2016
The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club
Starts on Saturday, October 1, 2016
Located in the School Fair Building at the Ancaster Fair Grounds
630 Trinity Road, Ancaster, L0R 1R0
the south-west corner of highways #5
Victoria Haliburton Amateur Radio Association Swap Meet
Starts on Saturday, September 17, 2016
Lindsay, Ontario

London Amateur Radio Club 39th Annual Hamfest

London Amateur Radio Club 39th Annual Hamfest
London Amateur Radio Club Inc.
Starts on Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ottawa (Carp) 20th Annual Hamfest

Ottawa (Carp) 20th Annual Hamfest
Ottawa Amateur Radio Club, Inc. 
Starts on Saturday, September 10, 2016  
Ottawa (Carp), ON

HAM radio - Junk in the Trunk Sale - Newmarket Theatre parking lot

Newmarket Theatre parking lot, on August 27 there is a “Junk in the Trunk Sale” at 07:30 to about 11:30.  It is for amateur radio equipment.  It has been growing and very successful in the past few years. 

8th Annual Junk in the Trunk Hamfest - a Very LARGE Event ! 
Starts on Saturday, August 27, 2016  
Newmarket, Ontario



Start date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
End date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Closest town: Newmarket, Ontario
Directions to location: NEWMARKET THEATRE in the beautiful large PAVED PARKING LOT

505 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8H1

32nd Annual Smiths Falls Flea Market

32nd Annual Smiths Falls Flea Market
 Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club
Starts on Saturday, May 14, 2016
Smiths Falls, Ontario

Sponsor: Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club
Start date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
End date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Closest town: Smiths Falls, Ontario
Directions to location: Smiths Falls Curling Club, 13 Old Sly's Road, Smiths Falls (same location as last year)
Opening times: Vendors: 7 a.m., General Public: 9 a.m.
Cost: Vendors: Tables (appx 2.5 x 5 ft) $10 (admission not included).
Admission: $5 per person, youth under 16 admitted free of charge.
Talk-in frequency: VE3RLR on 147.21 MHz+
Description: Our 32nd annual flea market of amateur radio equipment includes a large number of commercial and private vendors, a canteen, a consignment table and an equipment testing table.
For more info: For information or reservations contact ve3rlr@gmail.com
Email contact: ve3rlr@gmail.com
Webpage: http://ve3rlr.dyndns.org
Date updated: 2015-11-19 16:09:03
Author: Rick Labelle - VE3YRL


Burlington Amateur Radio Club
Starts on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sponsor: Burlington Amateur Radio Club
Start date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
End date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Closest town: Milton, ONTARIO
Directions to location: See Burlington ARC Website: 
Opening times: Opening Times / Entrance Gates
Inside & Commercial Vendors; 07:00 AM, Robert St Gate
Tailgate Vendors; 08:00 AM, Robert St Gate
General Admission; 09:00 AM, Thomas St Gate ONLY
Cost: Admission Pricing
General; $8.00 per person – Children 12 or under admitted free with adult accompaniment
Inside Vendors; $8.00 per person plus $20.00 per table
Tailgating Vendors; $8.00 per person plus $8.00 per single width vehicle space – Pre-registration not required for Tailgating Vendors
Talk-in frequency: Talk In 146.520 MHz
Description: The Ontario Hamfest has been in operation in one form or another since 1974. It started in Elora Gorge in 1974 and has been at the Milton Fairground Location for the past 30 odd years. Great Location, Lots of Room for Tailgaters, Always something for the Radio Amateur, Computer Enthusiast or Hobby involving Electronics.
Make Sure you come Early as many bargains will be gone by 11:30 AM !

Hamburgers, Sausage on a Bun, and Pop will be Available
As always, Coffee is Free
For more info: Contact Burlington ARC Webpage: www.BARC.CA
Email contact: Contact Us General Inquiries: ontariohamfest@barc.ca Vendor Tables: ontariohamfesttables@barc.ca
Webpage: http://WWW.BARC.CA
Date updated: 2016-02-23 19:57:15
Author: Norm Freidin VE3CZI

2nd Annual - Simcoe County Hamfest - Barrie

2nd Annual - Simcoe County Hamfest - Barrie
Barrie Amateur Radio Club
Starts on Saturday, May 7, 2016
South / West end of Barrie, Ontario

Sponsor: Barrie Amateur Radio Club
Start date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
End date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Closest town: South / West end of Barrie, Ontario
Directions to location: Grenfell Community Centre / Arena
1989 Sunnidale Road, Grenfel, ON L0L 1Y0

Quick access to Hwy 400.

Location - https://plus.google.com/109362831005076226126/about?gl=ca&hl=en

Take Highway 400 Northbound to Dunlop Road West, Head 10km west on Dunlop Road West ( Hwy 90 )to George Johnson, turn right proceed north 1 km to Sunnidale Road. Turn left, proceed 1km . Grenfell Community centre on your left.

For other directions, google or Email.
Opening times:

Start time for all - 7:30 AM.
Finish time 11:30 AM

Such a good response so far…first come first served !!

Vendors - Your Choice - Set up inside or out !! - **Bring a table for your set up. Rain or Shine.

Coffee and snacks will be available.
Cost: General Admission FREE !! ! !

Vendors / tailgators $7
Talk-in frequency: Talk In - 147.000 + Tone 156.7
Description: Last years event was a huge success.. Over 27 vendors...

Indoor / outdoor HAM RADIO sale Hamfest

BRING any or ALL of your surplus RADIO related items

Empty your basement, fill your car, then sell !

Vendors - Your Choice - Set up inside or out !! - Bring a table for your display.


Coffee and snacks will be available.
For more info: Mike VE3MKX

Email contact: mkx@bell.net
Webpage: http://www.barriearc.com
Date updated: 2015-05-12 21:19:33
Author: Mike VE3MKX

40th Annual Durham Region Hamfest

40th Annual Durham Region Hamfest
North Shore ARC and South Pickering ARC 
Starts on Saturday, April 16, 2016  
Pickering, Ontario


40th Annual Durham Region Hamfest 

Sponsor: North Shore ARC and South Pickering ARC
Start date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
End date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Closest town: Pickering, Ontario
Directions to location: Pickering Recreation Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering, ON.

If travelling by car, take Highway 401. From the 401 take the Brock Road (not street) exit and then go north on Brock Road towards Hwy 2. Turn left on Hwy 2 (signs for Kingston Road), travelling west toward Valley Farm Road. Turn left on Valley Farm Road, travelling south. The complex is on the left side of the road.

If travelling by bus, take the 900 PULSE. Take the 900 PULSE bus to the Valley Farm stop. Walk five minutes south on Valley Farm Road. The complex is on the left side of the road.
Opening times: The event runs from 09:00 - 13:00. 
Cost: Admission is $7, children under 12 are free.
Talk-in frequency: VE3SPC - 147.375 MHz+ Tone: 103.5 Hz
Description: Returning for its 40th year is the Durham Region Hamfest. The Durham Region Hamfest is an annual market and hobby show bringing together manufacturers, commercial and flea market vendors to provide communication information, services and equipment to amateur radio, scanner, shortwave and other communication enthusiasts!
For more info: Please visit our website at: durhamhamfest.com
Email contact: va3tps@rac.ca
Webpage: http://www.durhamhamfest.com
Date updated: 2016-02-23 00:48:47
Author: Sabrina Skoczylas

Ham-Ex 2016

Ham-Ex 2016 --- (10 days from now)
Peel and Mississauga Amateur Radio Clubs
Starts on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Brampton, Ontario

Sponsor: Peel and Mississauga Amateur Radio Clubs
Start date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
End date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Closest town: Brampton, Ontario
Directions to location: Brampton Fall Fair Grounds, 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon, ON L76 2J3, Canada. From Toronto, take highway 410 to Mayfield Rd exit at which point you need to go left/West for a short distance and then right/North on Heart Lake Rd. From the North, take Hwy 10 South to Old School Rd. Turn left/ East on Old School Road to the Fair Grounds at the corner of Heart Lake Rd.
Opening times: Vendors welcome to set up at 7 AM. Exhibit area open at 8 AM. Flea Market Opens at 9 AM. Event wraps up at around 1 PM.
Cost: General Admission, $7. Flea market tables, 6 ft-$30, 8 ft-$35. Order before February 15, 2016 and save $5 per table. One general admission free with table.
Talk-in frequency: VE3PRC 146.880- (103.5 HZ) and VE3MIS 145.430- (103.5 Hz)
Description: Ham-Ex is one of Ontario's longest running and largest Amateur Radio Hamfests. In addition to the flea market, Ham-Ex includes a large exhibit area with exhibits from Ham related organizations. We also offer amateur radio license exams, including morse code. In addition to a massive grand prize draw, door prizes will be given throughout the event. VE3XR Special Event Station: 3.750, 7.260 and 14.265 MHz+/- QRM.
For more info: Check our our website at www.ham-ex.ca, and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ham-Ex-990456264352104/?fref=ts.
Email contact: info@ham-ex.ca
Webpage: http://www.ham-ex.ca
Date updated: 2015-12-05 11:28:36
Author: Peter Taylor VE3DRS

Hamfests Observations

Hamfests are always fun--and sometimes it is more fun to watch the attendees than it is to look at the same old overpriced junk and computer detritus on the tables!

Here are a few things that I have noticed that seem the gold standard for hamfest dress:

  • Long sleeve button up shirts with the tails out
  • Both a name tag and a ham hat so that no one can miss the call
  • Over a dozen pins and buttons of one sort or another applied to the hat
  • Shoes that look like they were worn out 20 years ago
  • Snappy vests holding two or more HT's with external mikes
  • At least two HT's, two cellphones, and a pager applied to a belt
  • Eyeglass frames that were ugly even when they were new 10 years ago
  • Belts with the person's name or call on it
  • A shirt pocket crammed to capacity with all manner of stuff
  • Knives or "pocket tools" worn on the belt
  • White socks
  • T shirts that are far too small for what they are trying to cover--usually combined with jeans that ride low on the waist because they cannot be pulled up any further
  • Hats with antenna's attached to them
  • Any sort of military clothing--especially camo gear and boonie hats
  • Hairstyles that do not involve the regular use of a comb or barber
  • Backpacks with large antenna's protruding out of them
  • Do not shave for 3 days before the hamfest
  • Do not brush your teeth for 2 days before the hamfest
  • If wearing eyeglasses, the frame must be bent or have some obvious repairwork