What is a Hamfest?
A hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and fleamarkets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.”
Hours of Operation
This is a two-day hamfest. On Friday, vendors and flea market table holders can set up their wares from noon to 3:00 pm. The doors will open to the public from 3:00 pm until the banquet begins at 6:30 pm. On Saturday, the building will open for setup at 7:00 am, and the doors will be open to the public from 8:00 am to the show’s end at 3:00 pm. The Hamfest schedule is listed on the Ham Holiday Schedule page at this link.
We have a 6:30 pm Friday evening banquet to feed and entertain the hams in attendance. We will have a served buffet consisting of Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes, green beans, a side salad, dinner rolls, cobbler, lemonade, tea, and water. This year the featured speaker will be Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, also known as “The Cat In The Hat” from the Dayton Hamfest and beyond. This banquet is a great place to visit with your fellow hams and the regional, state, and local ARRL leadership present. The banquet information is available on this page.
Wouff Hong Ceremony
After the Friday banquet at 8:30 pm will be the Wouff Hong ceremony for ARRL members. Click here to register for this short presentation so your membership certificate can be printed and waiting for you. This free ceremony is for all members. Here you will be inducted into the ARRL secret society.
OCCC Cafeteria / Food Stations
This year, OCCC will open its cafeteria and offer a great line of food exclusively for us.
Saturday the Cafe & Coffee shop operating hours will be from 7:30 am-2 pm.
The cafe will sell these items;
- Breakfast burritos
- Breakfast Sandwiches
- Biscuits and Gravy single and double
- Breakfast Combo, scrambled eggs, two bacon or sausage, biscuit, and a fountain drink
- All retail items and beverages will be available.
- Cheese Burger, Fries, and Fountain Beverage Combo
- 2 Slices of Pizza and Fountain Beverage Combo
- 1 Chili Cheese Hot Dog, Fries, and Fountain Beverage Combo
- 2 Chili Cheese Hot Dogs, Fries, and Fountain Beverage Combo
- Build Your Own Nachos with Fountain Beverage Combo
- 2 Tacos, Rice, Beans, and a Fountain Beverage Combo
Special ICOM 705 Expanded Package Raffle
This special raffle consists of an expanded Icom IC-705 package. This package contains the radio, automatic antenna tuner, carrying cages, antenna analyzer, antenna, and more. Buy your tickets online and get more information at this link.
If you buy your tickets early, on or before July 25th, you will be entered in the pre-registration drawing for a Kenwood TM-V71A dual-band mobile radio. Purchase your tickets online at this link.
A talk-in repeater on 146.760 MHz – PL 141.3 will be operational both Friday and Saturday for those needing directions or other assistance. Announcements & information will be made on our talk about frequency, 146.490 MHz simplex.
Ready to get your license or upgrade? Ham Holiday 2023 will give you that opportunity. Register for the License Testing Session by clicking here. Free tests begin on Saturday at 12:30 pm. All test sessions must begin by 1:00 pm. Special offer for new hams. Pass a test for your first license here, and we will refund your Ham Holiday ticket price or give you a free Ham Holiday ticket!!! Good luck!
This year we’ll again have the ability to buy additional raffle tickets. These tickets are available online and at the door.
Ham Holiday Location
This year we will be at the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) at 7777 S. May, Oklahoma City, OK. Follow the arrows and use parking lot D. More location information is available at this link.
The OCCC cafeteria will be open for your coffee, drinks, breakfast, and lunch needs. Come hungry and eat with us.
Ample parking is available. Follow the signs to enter at the northwest entrance for parking lot D.
ARRL Oklahoma State Convention
Updated – This is the 2023 list; a PDF version is available here.
|Time||Room 1H5||Room 1H1||Room 1H2||Room 1H8|
|0900-0950||ARRL Forum OK Section Manager Mark Kleine –N5HZR||NTS With WINLINK and VARA|
|AREDN MESH NETWORK|
|M17 PROJECT Jeff Scoville–AE5ME||POTA/QRP|
|WIRES-X and Yaesu YSF |
|1200-1250||HOSPITAL RADIO NETWORK–Lavone Anderson KG5GWO||KFOR WEATHER|
Peter Laws—N5UWY & Ed Hatch– AG5DV
Peter Laws—N5UWY & Ed Hatch– AG5DV