The OVH MANASSAS HAMFEST will take place
on Sunday, June 4, 2017 for the 43rd time!
The 2017 Hamfest planning committee is actively working to make the 43rd OVH Manassas
Hamfest better than ever! Terry / KC4DV is again serving Hamfest Committee Chairman.
Attendance has been up in recent years as has been the number of FleaMarket Tailgaters.
The commercial vendors all reported good sales activity and lots of interest in 2016.
Each Forum / Special Event Seminar was well attended - more will be held on June 4, 2017.
The Youth Lounge activity attracted more youngsters than last year, lot of learning fun.
The co-sponsor, Prince William County 4-H, will assist in putting this on again!
The VEC Exam for new Ham Licenses / Upgrades - will be part of the 2017 Hamfest again.
Many attendees have thanked the OVH, saying the Manassas Hamfest is one of best around!
The OVH has sponsored and put on the OVH Manassas Hamfest in June every year since 1974
The OVH Manassas Hamfest is expected again to attract several thousand visitors this year
The MANASSAS HAMFEST now has its own separate web site! Check it out! But please
note that that other web site is intended to complement this one which may have more detailed
information in some respects. Be sure to review all information which is on this web page too.
You will be able to prepurchase General Admission tickets, Outdoor Tailgating tickets,
Covered Pavillion Tailgating tickets and Indoor Table Flea Market tickets for the 2017 Hamfest
via PayPal online at http://manassashamfest.org
before May 1st. Online admission ticket
sales will end on May 1st, but tickets can, of course, still be purchased at the entrance gates
to the Hamfest on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Then come back here where there is more useful info, including about the Hamfest's sponsor.
PDF file of the 2017 OVH Manassas Hamfest Flyer
Click HERE to get customized Google Directions and a Map to the 2017 Hamfest location.
The location hasn't changed since 1974, but some of the nearby streets, roads and highways
have changed as the area has become more built up. Get a Map with Directions!
Click HERE for a good aerial view image of the Hamfest site / location.
Some REASONS TO ATTEND the
2017 OVH Manassas Virginia Hamfest
Forums / Presentations. Check back here for details about the forums and presentations
at the 2017 Hamfest. That information should be firmed up by early May 2017.
A Youth Lounge with radio and science related demonstrations and projects, a place for
youngsters to hang out, sponsored and staffed by Prince William County 4H Club and the
Ole Virginia Hams has been very popular and well received each year since 2013, and
will be run again during the 2017 Hamfest. More details to follow. The Youth Lounge event
will again follow the ARRL's suggestions and guidelines for a Youth Lounge program of
interest to youngsters. Check out "22 Things You Can Do With Amateur Radio" from the
ARRL which explains Amateur Radio in a manner to motivate and interest youth.
Prizes and Prize Drawings during the 2017 Hamfest. Winners at the hourly and the major prize
drawings will have to be either physically present at the drawing location or close enough
nearby to hear the announcement on the public address system, or listening and ready to
communicate on 146.58 FM simplex frequency in order to win. If present nearby via radio
(or within Public Address System hearing distance) when a prize is announced and you call in
if you win, you will then have a few extra minutes to appear in person at the actual drawing
location to claim your prize. Hourly prize drawings will begin at 9:00 am on each hour. The
Major Prizes for 2017 to be announced are expected to be similar to those in 2016. In 2016
the major prizes were: 1st prize - Kenwood TS-480SAT HF transceiver; 2nd prize -
Yaesu FT-8900 VHF/UHF Transceiver; 3rd prize - Yaesu VX-3 Duoband VHF/UHF handheld
transceiver; and 4th prize - an SDRplay device. It will also be possible again to purchase
Extra Prize Chance Tickets in advance of the prize drawings at the Hamfest which will
increase your chances of winning a major prize, but cannot be used for General Admission.
Hamfest Sponsor - Estate Sale Table - "For Sale" listing may be provided here in a PDF
file a few days before the 2017 Hamfest. Be sure to stop by the table at the Hamfest;
new items are always being added and last minute items at the table may not be listed.
Click HERE for a PDF file with several pages of pictures from recent OVH Manassas Hamfests
Click HERE for a listing of some of the places at or near the Manassas Hamfest to stay overnight.
Last revised: 20170109.