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RARSfest 2024 is in the Books!

Thank you to the dealers, exhibitors, flea market sellers, volunteers, and attendees for making it a success!

Experience the Largest All-Indoor Hamfest
on the East Coast
and the 2025 ARRL North Carolina State Convention
Brought to you by the
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society

2024 Recap By the Numbers

  • 1,619 Paid Attendees1
  • 15 Commercial Dealers
  • 11 Exhibitors
  • 11 Amateur Radio Clubs
  • 7 Maker Clubs
  • 248 Flea Market Tables (Sold Out!)
  • 64 Volunteers
  • 15 Staff Members
  • 8 Volunteer Examiners administered
    • 94 Examinations to
    • 71 License Exam Candidates, resulting in
      • 40 New Technicians
      • 2 New Generals
      • 1 New Amateur Extra
      • 10 Upgraded Generals
      • 11 Upgraded Amateur Extras
1 Volunteers and first-time licensees who received complimentary admission are not included in this figure.

Door Prizes for 2024!

Grand Prize

Yaesu FTDX10 HF Radio

See the happy winner here!

First Prize

Yaesu FTM-500DR FM/C4FM
Dual Band Mobile

See the happy winner here!

“Early Bird” Prize

ICOM IC-2730A Dual Band Mobile

Volunteer Prize

Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band Handheld Radio

A special “thank you!” to our loyal dealers for the donated “Hourly” Prizes!

Cousin's Confections has food and beverages for sale in the restaurant area, including assorted Danish; sausage, bacon and ham biscuits; assorted juices; and fresh brewed coffee for breakfast; and burgers, hot dogs, BBQ pork sandwiches, assorted wraps, soft drinks, and lemonade for lunch! The restaurant opens at 7:30 am so people waiting in line before the hamfest starts can get a beverage and a snack while they are waiting. Once the hamfest starts at 8:00 am, the restaurant is accessible only from the show floor.

General Admission

Pricing for 2025 will be announced in January.

Commercial Area

  • For commercial sellers of new amateur radio and related equipment, and non-commercial exhibitors
  • Located in a prime traffic area at the front of the show floor
  • Your choice of attractive 10' x 10' booth space or eight-foot tables in a custom arrangement (space permitting)
  • The Dealer Package with 2025 pricing will be available in January

Flea Market

Pricing for 2025 will be announced in January.

  • For clubs and non-commercial sellers of used amateur radio and related equipment
  • Eight-foot table with two chairs
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