Hamfest 2017

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 32nd annual


Sunday, September 10th;  Gates open at 7:00 am

Saratoga County Fair Grounds, 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Only $6 per person includes hourly door prize drawing, plus 8’x8′ “tailgate” space


ONLY $3 !!


  • Delicious Food served all day
  • More hourly prizes PLUS HIGH-END BUCKET PRIZES!!
  • Hourly demonstrations: What’s hot in ham radio now?
  • VE exam to be held at 9:00am (off site)
    • Cornell Co-Op Ext. (Solar Bldg)
      50 W. High St / Rt 67 west
      Ballston Spa, NY 12020
  • Lots of gear and accessories to haggle over
  • Fox-hunt on the fairground property
  • Under-cover tables available for $10 each
  • Reservations and prepay welcome and encouraged


  • I-87 to Exit 12
  • West on Rt 67 to Ballston Spa
  • At intersection of Rts 50 & 67, follow 50 North; look for HAMFEST signs
  • In village, turn left at Citgo station Prospect Street; up hill on left


  • K2DLL Repeater System
  • 147.000 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz or
  • 147.240 Mhz, PL 91.5 Hz

For information or reservations contact:  Jim Polewczak – KG2H
231 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.   Email: kg2h@arrl.net
Phone: 518-703-9558


If you would like to help us out by distributing some flyers, a PDF document of Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2017 Poster the   is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate. Thank you for your assistance!

Sparks from the Spa Newsletter – 2016 September HAMFEST Edition


Don’t forget this Sunday, Sept 11 is the 31st annual SCARA Hamfest at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Gates open as early as 6:30 AM.

We are having a plethora of door prizes from many, many vendors, and some HUGE bucket prizes (do I sound like a car dealer?)

Come on out, admission is a NEW REDUCED price responding to popular demand. The test session is at 9 AM in the Cooperative Extension Building at 50 West High Street in Ballston Spa.

Read all about it in the attached Sparks from the Spa Newsletter.

Hamfest 2016 Presentations and Demonstrations

Official Hamfest Chef at WorkLearn about new and exciting aspects of ham radio

Find out what’s new by attending one of our “how-to” presentations and demonstrations held during the hamfest.  These events are held in the open building directly behind the Club Table — with the exception of the foxhunt and the antenna launching demo, which are held outside on the fairgrounds.

Schedule of Hamfest Demos and Activities

9 am—Raspberry Pi and DVMega Projects and Beyond

Tom, AC2IE will demonstrate a dual-mode DStar/DMR hotspot based on a Raspberry Pi and a DVMega. The RPi also incorporates a safe shutdown switch needed for portable, headless operation as well as a 2.4-inch color display.  G4KLX’s MMDVMHost software configuration will be briefly discussed.

9:45 am—Remote operation of your home HF station

Steve, WA2TTP will demonstrate two methods of remote operation used from Florida and Hawaii with very good results. The first setup uses a Kenwood TS-480sat in conjunction with the Remoterig internet interface that can be used without computers at either end. It also allows you to have the radio control head at the remote location. The second setup will operate a Kenwood TS-590SG remotely using a laptop running Kenwood’s free software.  Pros and cons of each will be discussed

10:30 am—Intro to ARES, RACES and EmComm

Fred, W2EMS will provide an overview of ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and how they are deployed to support government agencies with Emergency Communications. Fred will also cover the basic ARRL and FEMA courses and certificates to obtain as you get up to speed. He can also sign you up as a member to help out whenever the need arises.

11:15 am—NBEMS and FLDIGI operation for emergency situations

Emergency communication today often requires data transmission of sensitive information, as well as voice traffic.   Red Cross and hospitals often need privacy for the files they share. Frank, KA5VVI will show how Narrow-Band Emergency Messaging System and Fast, Light Digital software are used to quickly and accurately send all types of data files among sites involved. FLDIGI can handle PSK, RTTY, MT63, and other digital modes — even CW.

12 noon—Foxhunt on the Fairgrounds

Meet at the Club Table before noon, set your VHF rig for 146.52, and test your skills at locating the crafty Fox — periodically transmitting WA2UMX in CW. Leave the Fox where it is, then hurry back to the Club Table to check in. Hope you’re first!

12:30 am—Olympics of Antenna-Launching Devices

What’s the best way to hang an antenna from a tree? Hams have used bows and arrows, thrown objects, slingshots, shotguns (no!) and now pneumatic launchers. KA5VVI and friends will demonstrate some of their favorites and try to show what method sends a projectile highest and farthest. Stand back and watch the fun!

HAMFEST 2016 Flyer

Hamfest 2016 Update

Hamfest - SwapfestI know I sent out an email last week concerning the hamfest, but I just want to give you an update.  We have received commitments from additional vendors for various raffle prizes, four additional ones since last week.  Here is the latest list:

  • GigaParts – In addition to providing Bucket Prizes, they’ve sent us discount vouchers to pass out with every ticket purchase.
  • ARRL – two $50 and two $25 gift certificates;
  • DX Engineering – one $50 Gift Certificate plus catalogs with discount vouchers included.
  • Tigertronics – one USB Interface;
  • N3FJP/Scott Davis – one downloadable Logging Software Suite;
  • KJI Electronics – one Gift Certificate.
  • Radio Oasis – G5RV antenna
  • RF Adapter Guy – gift certificate
  • Ham Call/Buckmaster – Ham Call CD
  • Hy-Gain – raffle prize
  • Diamond Antennas – raffle prize
  • True Ladderline – raffle prize

In addition, we expect vendor K1CRA Radio to attend on site, offering antennas, connectors, adapters, and other accessories.

Finally, we have … not one, not two, not three, but FOUR “bucket prizes” which will be raffled off just like we do in our Spring swapfest.  GigaParts has provided us with a discount for these bucket prizes.  We will be selling tickets at $5 each or 3 for $10, that you can place in the bucket for appropriate prize you want.  Here is a list of the available items:

  • LDG-Pro III tuner   ZLD-AT-200Pro II
  • Icom IC-2730A dual band mobile
  • Yaesu FT-2DR  mobile rig
  • Rig Expert Antenna analyzer ZRE-AA-170

Remember, Sunday, Sept 11 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 7 AM.  I am attaching a PDF of the HAMFEST 2016 Flyer, and I hope you will distribute it to all your friends.

Jim  KG2H

Hamfest 2016 Raffle Prize Update

Radio Oasis at Previous Hamfest

We continue to contact more suppliers who offer us raffle prizes, so here’s another update!

  • My Radio Oasis – G5RV antenna
  • RF Adapter Guy – gift certificate
  • Ham Call/Buckmaster – Ham Call CD
  • Hy-Gain – raffle prize
  • Diamond Antennas – raffle prize
  • True Ladderline – raffle prize

In addition, we expect vendor K1CRA Radio to attend, offering antennas, connectors, adapters, and other accessories.