Hamfest 2017

The 46th annual PARC Hamfest is March 17th & 18th 2017 at the CF Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds…

Hamfest 17 Flyer


C.H. “Bull” Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex
1958 Lewis Turner Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Set-up times:

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 7:30 AM until 8:00 AM.

Talk-In Station:

  • 146.79- (100Hz tone) Call: W4ZBB
  • APRS Beacon: 144.39 W4ZBB-4


Portable Operations

11:30 AM on Sat, Mar 18th

Why operate Portable? Combine the challenge of operating portable with other outdoor activities while increasing emergency preparedness and promoting the hobby.

The presentation will cover equipment needed to operate portable in the various on-the-air programs including World Wide Flora and Fauna, Summits on the Air, Islands on the Air, Lighthouses, County Hunting, World Castles Awards, and VHF/UHF, and OSCAR grid squares, and a recap of National Parks on the Air. We will share information for those who want to operate portable as well as those who want to chase or hunt portable operators in the various on-the-air programs.

Presenters: Ken Moore, AB4WL and Jennifer Moore, KF4INA

Confirmed Vendors:

  • Be Ready Solar
  • HamWorld
  • JMR
  • TN07 Engineering

Contact Info:

Email us at parcfest@w4zbb.org

RV Sites: Contact Fairgrounds at: (850)862-0211

Prize Drawing Tickets:
Drawing for main prizes will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday. Attendance is not required.

  • Main Prize: HF All-mode Tranciever
  • Second Prize: VHF Tranciever
  • Hourly Prizes: Miscellaneous amateur radio related items

Raffle Tickets On Sale Now!
Raffle tickets are to be sold for $1 each. Contact information MUST be filled out on all raffle tickets in order to be valid for prize drawing. (If we can't contact you, we can't give you your prize.) Therefore, tickets can also be purchased ahead of time either from a club member or online. Online sales are subject to a minimal service charge to cover transaction costs. Online orders can be picked up during regular club house hours (check the calendar), at the event, or other arrangements can be made. (You will be contacted upon receipt of payment to coordinate delivery of tickets.) Good Luck!

Quantity (Svc Fee Included)


  • Forums
  • Concessions

VE Exams:

Please contact PARC at exams@w4zbb.org for more details.


From I-10: Take exit for SR 85, head south to Fort Walton Beach. Take SR-123 South and then get back on SR-85 (after 4 miles). Make a right at the SR-189 intersection (light). The Fairgrounds will be on your right after approximately 3 miles.

From US-98: Go North on Beal Pkwy. (SR-189). Fairgrounds will be on your left after about 5 miles.
The hamfest site is the home of the Northwest Florida Fair. The loading door is at the back of the building.


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