RARSfest Activities

RARSfest 2023 Activities Schedule as of March 22, 2023 (Subject to Change)
9:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:45
12:45 - 3:00
Room No. 1
Sales Arena
ARRL Open Forum with
Dr. Jim Boehner N2ZZ,
Director, Roanoke Division, and
Bill Morine N2COP,
Vice Director, Roanoke Division
ARRL NC Section Forum,
ARES/NTS/Other, with
Marv Hoffman WA4NC,
NC Section Manager,
and his staff
NWS Basic Spotter Training
with Virginia Enzor NC4VA,
Emergency Coordinator
Central Carolina SKYWARN
An Introduction to D-Star,
Fusion,and DMR Voice
Mode Technology
, with
Brian Young KA9QJT
Room No. 2
West "Hall of Fame" Meeting Room
An Introduction to Amateur Radio
Satellites - Working the Easy Satellites with
Equipment You Already
Own, presented by
Philip Jenkins N4HF
"Helping Hams: Ham Radio
for Public Service Events,"
with Jeremy Lindsley K2HJX, RARS Public
Service Director
11:30 SHARP Amateur Radio License Exams, administered
by the RARS and FCHRE VE Teams, with Joe WA4GIR and
Liz K04CK White. All applicants are requested to arrive at 11:30. No fee to take the exams, but if an exam results in a new license, a
$35 fee must be paid to the US Dept of Treasury. Hamfest
admission is not required to take an exam. All candidates must
have a FCC FRN to take an exam.
See here for more info.
West Side of
Dealer Booth Area
QSL card checking for ARRL and CQ awards by K4CIA
Central Carolina SKYWARN/NWS Booth
with Virginia Enzor NC4VA and her staff
Visit the ARRL booth to meet our Roanoke Division Director and Vice Director, and the NC Section Officers and appointees.
Update your ARRL, RARS, and QCWA national and local Piedmont NC Chapter 126 memerships.
East Side of
Dealer Booth Area
NC Ham Public Service Booth - Jeremy Lindsley K2HJX
Northeast Corner
The restaurant will be open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Main Stage Area
Information Table, PA Announcements, Prize Pick-Up, Lost & Found
Grand Prize Drawing at 2:00 pm!
Outside the Jim
Graham Building
Northeast Corner
Satellite Communications Demonstration, with John Brier KG4AKV. Times below and To Be Announced.
10:42-10:55 AM AO-91 (FM) | | 11:00AM - 12:16 PM IO-117 Green Cube Digital Sat | | 1:17-1:35 PM RS-44 (SSB/CW)
Spectators are advised to arrive at least a few minutes prior to the noted times of the satellite passes
RARS Members' Consignment Table
Bargains to be had at the rear west wall of the Flea Market, beyond the "milking parlor" (whatever that is)
RARS Project Table
Rear West Wall
Build a 2-meter J-pole antenna, learn to solder. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. Safety first! $10 for materials
Get on the Air Station New!
West Wall, past the
Milking Parlor
Visit our Portable Operating Group's GOTA station and make a few contacts.
Don't have a license? No problem! Control operators are standing by to guide you.
Maker Island New!
West of the Booths
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Robot Corral New!
Northwest Corner
Competing FIRST Robotics Teams
Vehicle DisplaysNew!
Northeast and Southeast Corners
Johnston Amateur Radio Society's EmComm Vehicle
KE4WMF/R's "Stealth GTI" Rover
IEEE Emergency Response Vehicle