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Rochester Hamfest




91st Rochester Hamfest — June 3rd 2023

7:00AM to 2:00PM

(Page Last Revised: 05/21/23 03:17 PM)


The 91st Rochester Hamfest will be happening on June 3rd 2023 at the Hilton Exempt Club, 137 South Ave. Hilton, NY 14468 from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. Vendors and flea market sellers may enter starting at 7:00AM, non-selling attendees may enter starting at 8:00AM. Access from the East and West via Rt. 90 and from the south via Rt. 390. Detailed directions will be in the fourth coming Hamfest edition of the rag.

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Volunteers receive a club t-shirt (Sign up early to get your size) and a food voucher.

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The layout will change minorly this year. We’ll have the raffles, membership, awards checking, and the country store located in tents in the middle of the event. License testing will still be indoors and there will still be plenty of space for everyone come and sell or park and buy.

RVs welcome the evening before after 6:00PM (no hookups provided). RV parking will be in the main flea-market area.

Please check back on this page and/or follow our hamfest page on Facebook:

We’ll be posting updates as they become available.


Entry is the same for those walking in to buy, or driving in to sell. Details below...

Member: As stated on the front page of our website, RaRa members get free admission.

Volunteers: Non-member volunteers that work for two or more hours will receive free admission.

Non-Members: $10 per person. $2 of each ticket is earmarked for our education grant. In 2018 the grant was awarded to a Pittsford school to support their participation in FIRST robotics. At our 2022 Hamfest, we presented the grant to the Antique Wireless Association to support their project of a mobile education center that can be brought to area schools.

Students: Free (under 18 or with a college ID).

Sellers: No charge for any vehicle brought into the flea market. People in the vehicle will still need to pay for entry according to above.

Non-Sellers: We have plenty of free parking for attendees not wishing to sell the flea market.

RVs: Are welcome to arrive the night before (June 2nd), after 6:00PM. There is no additional charge to arrive early, but you will need to pay the admission fee in the morning as stated above.


Call Sign: K2JD

Primary: 146.550 Simplex

We’ll draw a callsign from the talk-in list for a prize, so check in even if you don’t need directions!

Raffle and Door Prizes: 

Bucket Raffle:

We’ll have a few larger items in a “bucket raffle” that you can buy tickets for and distribute your tickets in the buckets for the items you’d like.

Here are the first few prizes. We’ll be posting more as the event gets closer:

Raffle Prizes:

•  Yaesu FT-710 AESS

– 100 W HF/50 MHz Base/Portable Transceiver

– SP-40 Speaker

– 1.8 – 50 MHz Amateur Bands (US Bands Only)

– 30 kHz – 75 MHz


– 7W 2m/70cm DMR and Analog Radio

– Built-in GPS

– Bluetooth


– Recording

•  Samlex SEC-1235P-M

– 30 Amp Switching Power Supply

– Backlit Meter

Door Prizes:

Every entry ticket is eligible for a door prize. We’ll have drawings on the hour. Must be present to win, but can collect any time before the bucket prize drawing at 12:30.

•  Items from:


– NatCommGroup (COMET)

•  Gift Certificates from



– DXEngineering – Ham Radio Deluxe – N2FPJ Software

•  Subscriptions

– QRP Quarterly


– CQ Magazine


License Testing: 

As always, license testing will be free of charge, indoors so that you can focus. We’ll have exams for two hours, from 0900 to 1100.

There will be one testing session starting at 9AM.

You must have an FCC Registration Number (FRN), the FCC is no longer accepting SSNs for this purpose.

If you don’t have one, you can go here:

What you need to know:

•  Pre-Registration is highly recommended: 

•  Pen, picture ID required.

•  The FCC requires an e-mail address.

•  Event entry fee is not required if you are ONLY attending for an exam.

License testing is provided at no cost. However, the while the exam is free, the FCC now charges $35 for applications. This fee is NOT paid to the VE (testing) team, it is paid directly to the FCC. After you have successfully completed your test, will receive an email from the FCC when your application is processed. An information sheet will be available at the testing site

Food & Drink: 

The excellent team lead by Jeff Tewksbury, N2JQR of Tech Logistics & Services will be back again with hot breakfast ready when you show up and lunch to keep you going.

We’ll have a menu posted as the date gets closer.

ARRL Awards Checking: 

QSL checking for WAS, DXCC, and more can be arranged. Ed Gable, K2MP will be monitoring 147.48 simplex for your request. See the RaRa membership table for more information.

Country Store: 

Have something to sell, but want to shop the market, eat, or take an exam? Drop it off at our country store and we’ll attempt sell it for a small commission. (More details on how to do this coming soon)

RaRa will also be selling some items, so be sure to stop by, we’ll have plenty to see.

Our Vendors:

Please consider supporting the vendors that support our event.


Enjoy some Pix from Past Events:

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Last revised: 05/21/23 03:17 PM

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