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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

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Hamfest Chattanooga 2017

East Ridge Community CenterHere’s the “skinny” on Hamfest Chattanooga 2017:

  • We will be at the East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Avenue, East Ridge, TN 37412 in 2017 before we transition to Camp Jordan for a multi-year period starting in 2018.  We have been here before and though it is a slightly smaller venue, so we’ll all just be cozy and have fun!  Map to Hamfest Chattanooga.
  • This location is close to Tennessee Exit 1 (West side) on Interstate 75.  Since it is a new venue with a different layout than before, commercial dealers and others wanting inside space should contact us NOW to get space reserved and paid for.  Contact Phil Mullins (423-284-2661).
  • Date/Time:  Saturday, October 21, 2017  /  Doors open to the public at 8 AM EDT.  Event closes at 2 PM EDT.  The FCC Test Session begins promptly at 9 AM EDT.  Despite the best efforts of the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club and the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club, Hamfest Chattanooga 2017 and the Greeneville Hamfest will be on the same day due to venue availability and other commitments.
  • Inside vendor/dealer setup starts at around 1 PM EDT on Friday, October 21 through approximately 6 PM EDT.  Early vendor/dealer setup is available for Saturday morning. Contact Phil Mullins (423-284-2661) to let him know you want to set up on Saturday before 8am.
  • Outside flea market/tailgate space is available and the weather is normally great this time of year!  So bring your hat and sunscreen and enjoy our beautiful area.
  • Talk-in Frequency 146.790 mHz. – No Tone Needed!
  • Inside vendor/dealers as well as Flea Market vendors who have not paid in advance, will be required to pay before unloading and setup begins.
  • Cash, credit, and debit cards will be accepted as forms of payment for almost all event-related fees (event entry, flea market space, food, merchandise, license testing, etc.) so you can keep your cash to spend with our fine vendors and dealers.  After-Expense Revenues received through hamfest go toward projects supported by our 501(c)(3) club.  Contrary to common myth, we do not receive a percentage of vendor sales.  Vendors & dealers pay a fixed cost per table/space.
  • Anyone selling, trading, or bartering items during hamfest is responsible for any and all applicable sales (or other) taxes.  It is the seller’s/buyer’s responsibility to address taxes that may be appropriate to their transaction.
  • To those coming to take the test(s) for their amateur radio license:  The testing room is directly connected to the main lobby area.  You will NOT have to purchase an admission ticket to take the test but you will be required to pay the testing fee.  If you decide to come on into the event (Rooms A, B, and/or the Flea Market/Tailgate area, you will need to purchase an admission ticket.  We have a special benefit available to the first 20 individuals that pass their Technician Class Exam while at Hamfest Chattanooga 2017…FREE event admission.  If you pass the Technician Class Exam, get with one of your VEs to get your admission armband which serves as your admission ticket.
  • We plan to have door prizes to give away throughout the day thanks to the generosity of our sponsors & dealers.  Remember, members of the Chattanooga Amateur Radio club, spouses, and immediate family have decided to not participate in the door prize program so our honored guests have better chances to win.  You will be presented with a door prize ticket with identification sub after you pay for admission.  Just complete the back of it and drop it in the drum.  Our members are eligible to participate & win in other events.
  • Grand Prizes – You do not have to be present to win our first, second, or third grand prizes. Other prizes require you to be on-site if your name is drawn.

Information Updated:  February 28, 2017