The 41st OVH MANASSAS HAMFEST will take place
on Sunday, June 14, 2015 for the 41st time!
The 40th OVH MANASSAS HAMFEST took place
on Sunday, June 8, 2014 (see sign below)
A few post-event observations about the 40th:
A very successful 40th OVH Manassas Hamfest was held on Sunday, June 8th!
Attendance was up from recent years as was the number FleaMarket Tailgaters.
The commercial vendors all reported good sales activity and lots of interest.
Each Forum / Special Event Seminar was well attended - more will be held next year.
The Youth Lounge activity attracted more youngsters than last year, lot of learning fun.
The VEC Exam program is very popular - many new Ham Licenses / Upgrades obtained.
Many attendees thanked the OVH, saying the Manassas Hamfest is one of best around!
Planning is already underway for an even better 41st Manassas Hamfest on June 14, 2015.
Some of the info below on this page still relates to the 40th Manassas Hamfest; but this
information will be updated as planning progresses for the 41st Hamfest. Check back
here regularly for updates as June 14, 2015 approaches! The 41st Hamfest in 2015
will be even better than the 40th in 2014!
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 2015 Hamfest
via PayPal online at http://manassashamfest.org It will also be possible this year to purchase
Extra Prize Chance Tickets in advance of the prize drawings which will increase your
chances of winning a major prize, but cannot be used for General Admission. There will
be a cutoff date for purchasing online ticket about a week before June 14, 2015. To buy
online or for more information, go to http://manassashamfest.org
Then come back here where there is more useful info, including about the Hamfest's sponsor.
VE Testing (FCC License Exams) at the 2014 Hamfest - Click here
for full 2014 details!
Similar details are expected for the VE Testing to be provided on June 14, 2015 Hamfest
and will be set out here by early June, 2015. Check back here again for those 2015 details.
PDF file of the 2015 OVH Manassas Hamfest Flyer
Click HERE to get customized Google Directions and a Map to the 2015 Hamfest location
Click HERE for a good aerial view image of the Hamfest site / location.
Some REASONS TO ATTEND the
2015 OVH Manassas Virginia Hamfest
Forums / Special Events / Presentations / Etc. Please remember, information is subject to
further updating - be sure to check at the Manassas Hamfest Sponsor table at the Hamfest
on June 14, 2015 for any last minute changes. Click here for more information in a popup
about the Forums / Presentations / Special Events during the 2014 Manassas Hamfest.
Click here to download a printable PDF file with the 2014 Hamfest information. A simliar set
of Forums/Presentaions to those offered in 2014s will be presented during the 2015 Hamfest.
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 during the last two Hamfests
and will be run again during the 2015 Hamfest. This year (2015) the Youth Lounge will
again include an operating HF/VHF station with a Special Event callsign for use by the
youngsters attending. The Youth Lounge event will again follow the ARRL's suggestions and
guidelines for a Youth Lounge program of interest to youngsters. Also check out the ARRL's
Brochure about "22 Things You Can Do With Amateur Radio" which attempts to explain
Amateur Radio in a manner which will motivate and interest youth.
Prizes and Prize Drawings during the 2015 Hamfest. As in 2014 the winners at the hourly
and the major prize drawings will have to be either physically present at the drawing location
or nearby listening and ready to communicate on a two meter FM simplex frequency to win.
The simplex FM frequency and a back up frequency will be announced on the Hamfest web
sites and at the Hamfest. If present nearby via radio 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 Prize drawings will begin at 2:00 pm. FOUR major prizes were awarded during the 2014
Hamfest which were: 1st prize - IC-7200 HF transceiver; 2nd prize - IC-2300H 2 meter high
power VHF transceiver; 3rd Prize - Flexradio 1500 SDR radio; 4th prize - IC-V80 2 meter
handheld transceiver. Special thanks to FlexRadio Systems which donated the
FlexRadio 1500 SDR radio prize for 2014. The major prizes to be awarded at the 2015 Hamfest
will be posted here later in the Spring - so be sure to check back here. It will also be possible
again in 2015 to purchase Extra Prize Chance Tickets in advance of the prize drawings. These
Extra Prize Change Tickets will increase your chances of winning a major prize, but cannot
be used for General Admission. To buy online, go to http://manassashamfest.org
Hamfest Sponsor - Estate Sale Table - "For Sale" listing will be provided in a PDF file here
about a week before the 2015 Hamfest.
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: 20150116.