Request for hamfest setup assistance

Good afternoon everyone

This is a call for assistance setting up for hamfest

Friday May 3rd starting at 4 Pm until complete

After which supper will be available for those that wish to participate

Piedmont Interstate Fairground, Spartanburg, SC
Address: 575 Fairgrounds Road, Spartanburg, SC 29305

Camping Friday night is encouraged

Thank you in advance

60th Annual Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society Hamfest

The 2019 Hamfest is Saturday May 4, 2019, 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM at the Piedmont Interstate Fairground in Spartanburg (address: 575 Fairgrounds Road, Spartanburg, SC 29305)

Prize Package

  • Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-891 HF/50 MHz transceiver [drawing will occur at 2pm]
  • Second Prize: Kenwood TM-V71A 144/440 MHz Dual Band Transceiver [drawing at 1pm]
  • Third Prize: Yaesu FT-65 144/440 MHz Dual Band Transceiver [drawing at noon]

Please note: You do NOT have to be present to win the Grand, Second, and Third prizes.

Ticket Prices

General Admission At the gate: $10 General Admission Internet pre-­­sale: $9

General Admission ticket is good for one outdoor flea market space (first come first served)

Camping & Vendors

Camping & Vendor access is available Friday afternoon after 4.00 PM

  • Tent camping (without power): Free
  • Overnight RV camping (without power): $10 per night
  • Camping with power (120V 20A): $25 per night

Announcements and Information

  • Talk-­­In starting at 6.00 AM via the club’s 146.610 repeater (-­­ Offset, No Tone)
  • Simplex network starting at 7.30 AM on 147.610
  • On Twitter: @BRARS_SC
  • On Facebook: Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society
  • For the ladies, there will be jewelry and crafts


  • JMR Sales
  • The Wireman
  • Silver Tip Antennas
  • DB&J Electronics
  • Battery Specialist Inc.
  • Birds and Breezes
  • Jewelry by Design
  • Laptop Computers and Slimjim Antennas
  • ACDC Electronics
  • …and a variety of others

VE Testing

VE testing provided by West Cars / VE

Testing registration begins at 9.30 AM

Testing begins at 10.30 AM [paperwork must be complete by 10.30 AM]


Provided by Nard’s Barbecue

Will begin serving at 8.00 AM (serving all day)


Call Johnny WD4DYH club president at 864-884-1314 or email the club at

Upstate Hamfest update

We are happy to announce the following main prizes for the Upstate Hamfest on Saturday, May 4th.

Our Grand Prize is a Yaesu FT-891 HF/50 MHz transceiver, drawing will occur at 2pm. Second Prize is a Kenwood TM-V71A 144/440 MHz Dual Band Transceiver, drawing at 1pm. Third Prize is a Yaesu FT-65 144/440 MHz Dual Band Transceiver to be drawn at noon.

Please note: You do NOT have to be present to win the Grand, Second, and Third prizes. For the hourly and door prizes, you DO have to be present to win.

You can get your tickets online now on our website.

Hamfest – Vendor update

Hamfest update:

Vendors attending:   

  • The Wire Man
  • DB&J Electronics
  • Silver Tip Antennas
  • ACDC Electronics
  • Laptop Computers and Slimjim Antennas
  • Battery Specialist Inc.
  • JMR Sales
  • Birds and Breezes
  • Jewelry by Design

Check back for updates

Wrong times on our calendar

Hey folks,

A user recently noted that ALL of the times for events on our calendar are off by an hour due to the recent time change. Please bear with us, as we figure out a fix for this.

Thank you,

Hamfest Announcement

Hamfest announcement:

We would like to invite you to attend the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio club hamfest.

Saturday May 4, 2019

Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds

575 Fairgrounds Road
Spartanburg SC 29305

Admission tickets along with vendor information is now available on the BRARS website at BRARS.CC, under the Upstate Hamfest tab.

This will be updated as information becomes available.

Now seeking Hamfest volunteers

It’s that time of year again for our Annual Hamfest!

We are currently seeking volunteers for all sorts of things, from setup or tear down, to manning the gate, or providing assistance at the club table and other areas through the Hamfest.

We invite you to please use our Hamfest Volunteer Signup form.

Thank you!

BRARS Meeting March 4, 2019

We would to invite all that wish to attend to the BRARS meeting tomorrow night March 4, at the Red Cross, 940 Grove Rd Greenville SC  at 7 pm. The program will be the second in the Series on Land Opps and will cover UHF / VHF radios and their operation. Please bring working radios, antennas and power supplies for use during the program.