The 42nd OVH MANASSAS HAMFEST will take place
on Sunday, June 19, 2016 for the 42nd time!



  • The 2016 Hamfest planning committee is actively working to make the 42nd 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 2016 Hamfest
        via PayPal online at http://manassashamfest.org   before June 1st. Online admission ticket
        sales ended on June 1st, but tickets can, of course, still be purchased at the entrance gates.

  • Then come back here where there is more useful info, including about the Hamfest's sponsor.

  • VE Testing (FCC License Exams) at the 2016 Hamfest - Click here for full 2016 details!

  • PDF file of the 2016 OVH Manassas Hamfest Flyer

  • Click HERE to get customized Google Directions and a Map to the 2016 Hamfest location

  • Click HERE for a good aerial view image of the Hamfest site / location.

  • Some REASONS TO ATTEND the 2016 OVH Manassas Virginia Hamfest

  • Forums / Special Events / Presentations / Etc. Please remember, information is subject to
        further and last minute updating - be sure to check at the Manassas Hamfest Sponsor table
        at the Hamfest on June 19, 2016 for any last minute changes. It is too early to accurately
        list all of the Forum / Special Events / Presentations which will take place at the
        2016 Hamfest. Please check back later for 2016 Hamfest updates which will be
        at least as good as those during the 2015 Hamfest.
    Click here for information in a
        popup about the Forums / Presentations / Special Events during the 2015 Manassas
        Hamfest. Click here to download a PDF file with the 2015 Hamfest Forum information.

  • 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 three
        Hamfests and will be run again during the 2016 Hamfest. This year (2016) the Youth Lounge
        will again include an operating HF/VHF station with a Special Event callsign ( N4H ) 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 2016 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 Prize drawings will begin at 2:00 pm. FOUR major prizes will be awarded during the
        Hamfest. The exact prizes for 2016 have not yet been determined (check back here later
        for updates) but the 2016 prizes should be as good as those during the 2015 Hamfest
        which were: 1st prize - Kenwood TS-480SAT HF transceiver; 2nd prize - IC-2300H 2 meter
        high power VHF transceiver; 3rd prize - IC-V80 2 meter hand held transceiver; and 4th prize -
        a $100 HRO Gift Certificate. 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 should be be provided in a PDF file
        here a few days before the 2016 Hamfest. However, be sure to stop by the table because
       last minute items may not be listed here.

  • 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: 20160107.