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.

Hamfest 2016 Doings

Hamfest 2011 Vendors Hi, welcome to the new 2016 SCARA Hamfest.  We have some exciting changes in store for you on Sept 11.   As some of you may know, we suffered a major blow by the announcement that the Boxboro ARRL convention changed their dates to the weekend of our Hamfest.  Because of this many of our vendors just had to make a business decision to go to a more profitable Boxboro hamfest rather than ours. 

Our own ingenious W2BEW has organized a series of changes that will please all of you.  In addition to the new lower admission fee of $6, we plan on having a series of seminars on various topics, scattered throughout the morning.  

Additionally, we will have a series of drawing throughout the morning for various prizes donated by various vendors.  Some of the donated items are: 

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 GC plus catalogs with discount vouchers included.

Tigertronics – one USB Interface;

N3FJP/Scott Davis – one downloadable Logging Software Suite;

KJI Electronics – one Gift C.

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.  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

 In addition, we will have some historically great features, the FOOD BOOTH,  the Fox Hunt,  the VE examination session (at 9AM in the Cooperative Extension Building off-site).  Last but not least is the comradery of meeting your friends and fellow hams for eyeball QSOs and tall tale swapping.  This will be an experience not to be missed.

I am attaching the HAMFEST 2016 Flyer, please pass it along to all you friends.

Hamfest 2016

Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association
presents our 31st annual


Sunday, September 11th;  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 major prizes; more hourly 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 the Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association HAMFEST 2016 Poster is available. Please tell your friends and post where appropriate Thank you for your assistance!

While we were challenged by the date change for Boxboro hamfest to be in conflict with ours, we are making the best of it! Get out and enjoy your weekend, by making it a twofer, Boxboro on Saturday, Ballston Spa on Sunday! You never know where you will find the best deals!

Warren County Radio Club is Offering Technician License Class

Our friendly neighbors to the north, the Warren County Radio Club, W2WCR, will be offering a Technician License class on October 22 and 23rd. In one weekend you can be licensed! Train all day Saturday, review and take the exam on Sunday!

Registration is required by September 20th in order for you to be prepared. Get full details and register on the W2WCR Technician Class registration site.

Unusual August Meeting – August 8, 2016

SCARA will hold an UNUSUAL August meeting at the Wilton Emergency Squad, on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 7 PM (not the usual 7:30).  The topic for the meeting will be our annual hamfest.  

As you may know, we have been severely affected by the Boxboro hamfest moving its date to the weekend of our hamfest.  Our hamfest WILL be held on Sunday, Sept 11 as planned, but our vendor list has been severely affected. 

The purpose of this club meeting will be to get your thoughts and ideas, have volunteers make commitments and sign up for assignments.  I am attaching the hamfest flyer, Please pass it along to all you ham friends. We need as much word of mouth advertising as we can get.  

Please be sure to come.

Thanks and I will see you there.

Jim KG2H