Raleigh Amateur Radio Society annual RARSfest will be the host site
for the 2018 ARRL North Carolina State Convention, located in the 100,000
sq. ft. Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds,
1025 Blue Ridge Rd. from 8:00 A.M till 3:00 P.M on March 31st. (Easter
RARSfest is an all indoor event with attendance typically between
1600 and 2000 featuring 40 - 50 commercial booths, several hundred flea
market tables (last year all but 13 flea market tables were sold!) and a
restaurant. Expected activities include Hands-on Construction
Projects, Walk-In License Exams, Door Prizes, Forums, ARRL Division, Local
and HQ Staff, QSL Checking, a Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) Station, and an indoor
Fox Hunt. And don't forget the famous Friday evening complementary dinner
for our vendors from 7-8 PM.
After the 2017 RARSfest we asked for your feedback about the
hamfest. We thank all of you who provided suggestions. The RARSfest
staff has worked on a number of changes for the 2018 event based on your
suggestions. We encourage you to look over our brand new RARSfest website for more
information. You can now also find us on Face Book and on Twitter.
Pre-registration for RARSfest begins on January 1st 2018. You
will be able to purchase admission tickets online for $8.00 and tables for
$18.00 until one week before the hamfest. Tickets will be available
at the door for $10.00 and tables will be available for $20.00 on a
Setup times will be Friday from noon until 9 PM and Saturday morning from
6:00 - 8:00 AM. All vehicles are required to be out of the building
before we can open to the public. All vehicles will need exit the
building by 7:30 on Saturday morning.
Keep an eye on the RARSfest website http://rarsfest.org for updated
information as it becomes available.
To all who attended the 2017 RARSfest, RARS thanks you for your
support. Attendees reported that the vendor/dealer Welcome Dinner on
Friday night was excellent as always. And we hope you will find the
changes for 2018 make the upcoming event better than ever.