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The Largest All-Indoor Hamfest on the East Coast
and the 2024 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention
brought to you by the
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society


  • 100,000 Sq. Ft. all indoors
    (about the same size as Huntsville)
  • Commercial Dealer Booths
  • Huge Flea Market with 230+ Tables
  • Walk-In License Exams
  • Door Prizes!
  • Meetings and Forums
  • QSL Card checking
  • Hands-On You-Build-It Project Table
  • Satellite Demo
  • Communications Vehicles Static Display
  • Talk-In on 146.64 MHz -0.6 offset, no tone


April 6, 2024

8:00 am — 3:00 pm
The Jim Graham Building
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC
See here for directions

Door Prizes for 2024!

Grand Prize

Yaesu FTDX10 HF Radio

First Prize

Yaesu FTM-500DR FM/C4FM
Dual Band Mobile

Pre-Registration Prize

ICOM IC-2730A Dual Band Mobile

PLUS! Hourly drawings for other fabulous prizes! See the Door Prizes page for details.

Please note that complimentary tickets are not eligible for prize drawings.

We are expecting that Cousin's Confections will have 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!

General Admission Tickets

  • 2024 pricing will be announced by December 2023
  • Pre-registration will be open from January 30, 2024, through March 30, 2024
  • Tickets at the door will cost more than pre-registration tickets
  • There will be a special prize drawing for people who buy their tickets during the pre-registration period
  • Admission for attendees age 16 and under will continue to be complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult (complimentary tickets are not eligible for prize drawings)

Dealer Booths

  • Attractive 10' x 10' booth space with table and chairs
  • Power outlets available
  • Reasonably priced
  • Located in prime traffic area
  • Complimentary RARSfest admission (complimentary tickets are not eligible for prize drawings)
  • Easy setup and take-down—drive to your booth!
The Dealer Package will be ready by December 2023. The deadline for ordering booth space is March 30, 2024, one week prior to RARSfest.

Flea Market Tables

  • Eight-foot tables with two chairs
  • 120 VAC power available for purchase (bring your own extension cords)
  • 2024 pricing will be announced by December 2023
  • Tables will be more expensive after the pre-registration period from January 30, 2024 through March 30 and availability may be limited
  • Flea Market prices do not include admission. You must purchase general admission tickets separately.
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You may have noticed that the RARSfest homepage has a new look. This is part of our effort to modernize the RARSfest website and make it more mobile-friendly as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. We will be rolling out newly-designed and additional pages in the future.