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Rochester Hamfest 2015: Back to Basics.

Mark your calendars: Saturday June 6th 2015
Gates open 7 AM - Rain or Shine
Barnard Fireman's Field - 360 Maiden Lane - Rochester NY 14616

Talk-in on 146.610 pl 110.9

TicketsVE TestingSales TaxTents
Map to Hamfest locationOn-site ATMGrills & Cooking
 in the Flea Market
Accommodations for Travelers and Campers


  • FREE Admission > Members of RaRa* - The Rochester Amateur Radio Assn. will receive FREE admission.
    (* Must be a current member prior to May1st 2015)

Returning Hamfest Hits:

  • Youths under 16 admitted free with a paying adult
  • Free VE Testing
  • Back at Barnard with over 16 acres of flea market space
  • Fantastic food
  • Hourly door prizes
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • ... and much, much more...

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 At the gate admission fees:

  • $8.00 per person

  • Youths under 16 accompanied by a paying adult are FREE!

  • Flea market parking is $13.00 per vehicle

  • Overnight camping (Friday arrival) permit is only $10.00 per vehicle

  • Pavilion space - aproximately 10'x10' with electricity $40.00 (Only 20 spaces available)

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Volunteer Examiner Testing

VE License Testing 8:00 AM—10:30 AM [No Pre-Registration Necessary]

The RaRa Volunteer Examiner Team will conduct amateur radio license examinations at the Hamfest site. Examinations start at 8:00 a.m.  No pre-registration is required and the exams will given on a first come - first serve basis. The last candidate sitting for an exam will be allowed entry to the testing room at 10:30 a.m. Testing is conducted under the auspices of the Laurel Volunteer Exam Coordinator.  There is no fee at this testing session.

Please bring with you: Two No. 2 Pencils, a pen, two forms of ID, at least one with a picture, and originals and copies and of any existing licenses, CSCE's, etc.
A birth certificate and parent's photo ID will suffice for minors who may not have their own photo ID. We do not have copying facilities, and may not be able to administer your test if you do not bring copies of documents.

For more information: Call our hotline or contact our License Testing Director directly.

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Tents and canopies are permitted by the site owner. Tent stakes may NOT be driven into paved surfaces. Accidents happen: If you erect a tent or canopy, make certain your liability insurance will protect you. You will be personally responsible for any damages.

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New York State Sales Tax

Under NY tax law, each selling vendor must be registered with the New York State Sales Tax Bureau. Permits must be obtained from the tax bureau in advance. State tax application form DTF17 and Instructions may be downloaded here.

For more tax information, call the New York State sales tax office at 800-225-5289.

Each selling vendor is responsible for collection and payment of sales taxes.

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Grills and Cooking

The Town and Fire Department will not allow grills, BBQs, or any cooking at the Hamfest site.

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There is an on-site ATM machine for your convenience located by the bar.

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Accommodations for
Travelers and Campers

  • Visitors to the area can find Directions to the event site HERE.
  • Additional lodging in the immediate area can be identified HERE. Note: Better lodging prices may be found if you expand your search to beyond the immediate area. Hotels near the Thruway and less costly and only 20 minutes away by car.
  • Travel Trailer camping on the event grounds Friday evening is available by permit for $10.00. There are no facilities provided so your camper will need to be self-sufficient.
  • Campers needing facilities can locate Camp Grounds in the area HERE.

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- Watch this space for breaking news and more details as this exciting event evolves!

The Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Educational Corporation
Updated: March 23, 2015