Orange Hamfest 2024


                  Hosted by:

Orange ARC, Jefferson County ARC and Beaumont ARC



The Orange Hamfest is an ARRL sanctioned event.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2024

WHERE: Orange County Convention & Expo Center @ 11475 FM 1442   

Orange, Texas 77632


(Coordinates: 30 07.28N & 093 52.92W or 30.1244,-93.8922)


Hamfest TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Map for directions to the Orange Hamfest >>>


Take the 869 Exit off of IH-10 going East or West and turn South on FM 1442 and

the Orange Co. Convention and Expo Center is half mile on the right. Follow the signs.


Google Map and Directions from your starting point:''/@30.1208104,-93.9517098,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x863952c16b95ec97:0x6c6059f784b89da4!2m2!1d-93.8816688!2d30.120829!3e0


Tailgating available in designated area, see below:


Orange Hamfest Site Plan at OC Expo Center_Tailgating Area.jpg


      The Orange County Convention and Expo Center is ADA compliant




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 Assistance Animals: Service and assistance animals are permitted in all public areas and at all times.


Hamfest Event Schedule and Fees:

6:00AM - Setup, Dealers & Tailgating

7:30AM — Hamfest opens for flea market, dealers & tailgating

10:00 AM — VE testing

8am-12noon —Programs & Forums

1:30 PM - Grand Prize Drawings

2:00 PM—Close



Admission …. $10.00 per person

(Age 12 years & younger free admission)

Dealer tables ………… $15.00ea

Flea market tables ….. $15.00ea

Tailgate spaces ………. Free - there is limited spaces in designated tailgating area

 Friday Dinner …………$15.00 per plate


For more information on Lodging:

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             2024 Grand Prizes:

1st Prize - $1250 MTC Gift Certificate

2nd Prize - $500 MTC Gift Certificate

3rd Prize - $250 MTC Gift Certificate

4th Prize – Inovato Ham Clock Bundle



The tickets for the Grand Prize and door prizes are: $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00, etc.

The Grand Prizes will be drawn at 1:30 p.m. You NEED NOT BE PRESENT for the Grand Prize drawings.

You MUST BE PRESENT for all door prize drawings.

Door Prize tickets will be put back in for The Grand Prize Drawings.


2024 Door Prizes

Baofeng GT-5R dual band radios (4)

OPEK - CX-5 Antenna Switch

Coax cables

Powerwerx – TRICRIMP Power pole crimper

Powerwerx - PD-8     8 Pos Power Distribution Block 

And Much More!!


Operating necessities and much more!


2023 Hamfest Grand Prize Winners:




   2024 PROGRAMS and FORUMS SCHEDULED – Updated 2/21/2024






9:00-10:00 AM

ARES Current Issues-

Conference Room #2

Jeffery Walter KE5FGA, Emergency Coordinator, S. TX Section

10:00-11:00 AM

ARRL Current Issues-

Stuart Wolfe – ARRL Section Manager for STX

Conference Room #2

11:00 AM-12 Noon


Conference Room #2


9:00-10:00 AM

Prepare for VE Testing

Agri-Life Room

10:00 AM - done

VE Testing*

Agri-Life Room




9:00-10:00 AM


Dupont Room

10:00-11:00 AM

Working the Microwaves – a demonstration using the ICOM IC-905   Presenter – Steve Gomez KE5O

Dupont Room

11:00 AM-12 Noon


Dupont Room

 *No pre-registration is required for VE Testing.  The FCC now requires new amateur radio applicants to create an FCC

user ID and register for a FCC Registration Number (FRN) on the FCC registration website before taking their examination. 

Bring your FRN, the original and a copy of any current FCC License and any C.S.C.E.’s, picture ID, and $15 (cash) testing fee.  


All Meeting / Forum times and content are subject to change.




                 VE TESTING

VE testing will start at 10:00 A.M Saturday, Feb. 24th.

No pre-registration is required for VE Testing. 

The FCC now requires new amateur radio applicants to

create a FCC user ID and register for a FCC Registration Number (FRN)

on the FCC registration website before taking their examination. 

Bring your FRN, the original and a copy of any current FCC License and

any C.S.C.E.’s, picture ID, and $15 (cash preferred) testing fee.  


We will have the latest forms available


VE Testing to be held in Agri-Life Room



VENDORS Confirmed to be at Orange Hamfest     817-602-1834         email: [email protected]




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Hamfest Sponsors


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Hamfest Food and Drinks Concessions 2/14/2024


$1 Drinks

Bottled Water, Sprite,

Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke,

Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper

Coffee (12 oz.)

Sweet & Unsweet Tea


Saturday’s Breakfast  - $3

 Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit


Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit


Saturday’s Lunch Options - $6



Sweets-Dessert - $1


Food Concession purchases support the Orange County 4-H Youth  A green four leaf clover with white letters

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                Notice !!!  Friday Night !!!

Remember our Friday Dinner (Feb. 23th) after Hamfest Set-up!!!

All Hams and their family, who are in Town Friday before the Hamfest,

are invited to eat with us at the Expo Center.

Featuring a smoked half chicken, and a beef link,                                                        

baked beans and potato salad with all the trimmings.

No alcohol allowed. Serving starts at 6:30 p.m. Don’t be late.

   There will be a $15.00 per plate charge for dinner!


Coke, sodas and other drinks will be available for a charge. 


Contacts For Hamfest Information:


Rocky Wilson (409)-988-8906 text me or Email: [email protected]


Dealers, Vendor and Swap tables are located inside the air-conditioned Expo Center Ballroom (10,800 sq. ft.) and

will be available for $15.00 each for individuals, dealers and vendors.

They may be reserved in advance by completing the Table Reservation form.

Note change, only one admission ticket included with table purchase(s).

Dealers, Vendors and Flea market set-up is 5PM-9PM Friday (23rd) and 6:00AM-7:30AM Saturday (24th).

Unreserved tables will be rented on a first-come/ first-served basis.

Electrical power (110V outlet) is available for most table locations.

Tables that are reserved but not claimed by 8:30AM Saturday (24th) will be rented.

The Orange Amateur Radio Club/Hamfest Directors reserves the right to limit non-Ham Radio oriented sales and their table location.

The sale or display of firearms, weapons and sexually offensive materials is prohibited.

Hamfest Directors will be fair to resolve any disputes and have the final decision on any disputes.

There are a limited number of tables for the non-Ham radio related sales.

These tables will be located in the hallways surrounding the outside of the Expo Center Ballroom.


Make your reservations now!  Over 110 - 8 & 6 foot tables available in the Ball Room.


Approximately 7 - tables are available as of Feb. 21, 2024.


Additional tables may be available outside the Ball Room in the Halls for non-Ham radio related items and exhibitors.


No refunds on unclaimed tables.

Reserved tables not claimed by 8:30AM the day of the Hamfest, will be re-rented!!!



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                                        EXPO Center Hamfest Table floor plan




To reserve tables – fill out a Table Reservation form and mail to:


Orange Amateur Radio Club Inc.

P.O. Box 232

Orange, Texas 77631-0232


For questions you can email us at [email protected]


Must be postmarked by February 14, 2024




ORANGE HAMFEST TABLE RESERVATION FORM –2024****web     Download a PDF doc for Table Reservation


Name__________________________________ Call __________



Provide Email address ______________________________for a confirmation in lieu of mailed hardcopy,


Number of Tables needed _______at $15.00 each.  Confirm if electrical power is needed (Yes / No).                                                           


Number of additional admission(s) at $10.00 each: _____________________


Note change, only one admission ticket included with table purchase(s).


No power cords or power strips provided or available. Please provide your own power cords.                                                            


Power available from the 120 volt outlets is on a first come/first serve basis, please share!


Total Amount Enclosed $________________________ (make checks or M.O. payable to Orange Amateur Radio Club)



Note: For a hardcopy confirmation of your registration, fill in this part

of the form and send an SASE with your Table Reservation Form. We also can email you to confirm tables!!


Name and Call sign ______________________________________


Amount received ________________________ for ________ tables.


Hamfest representative acknowledgment ________________________ Date ______


Email _______________________________________________



Page updated 2/21/2024


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