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Cover of March-April 2018 TCAThe following events are featured in the Coming Events of the March-April 2018 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

For these and other upcoming events please visit RAC’s Event Database. You can also include your own event’s information by clicking on “Submit New Event” and completing the form.

Ham-Ex 2018
Sponsor: Peel and Mississauga ARCs
Date: Saturday, March 17.
Time: Vendors 7 am; Exhibits and Demonstrations 8 am; Fleamarket 9 am.
Place: Caledon, ON; Brampton Fall Fair Grounds, 12942 Heart Lake Road.
Description: Ham-Ex is one of Ontario’s largest and longest running Hamfests.
The fleamarket features over 100 tables, with some of Canada’s leading retailers. In addition, there will be exams for Basic, Advanced and CW Qualifications, exhibits, demonstrations, special event station, DXCC card checking, light refreshments and breakfast.
Cost: Public $8; Tables 6 feet for $30, 8 feet for $35. Tables include one admission. Grand prize tickets $5 or $3 for $10. Paypal accepted.
Talkin: VE3PRC 146.880- (103.5 Hz required). and VE3MIS 154.430- (103.5 Hz required).
Info: Download a vendor registration form for contact .

The “No-Foolin” Swap Meet
Sponsor: Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date: Sunday April 1.
Time: Vendors 8:30 am; Public 10 am to 1:30.
Place: Courtenay, BC; Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue.
Cost: Table + 1 operator $20; Persons $5.
Talkin: VE7RCV, 146.78 – (141.3 Hz).
Info: Contact for tables and information.

Comfest Swap Meet
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, April 7.
Time: Vendors and exhibitors: 8 am; Public 9 am; Closing and tear down 12:30 pm.
Place: Richmond, BC; South Arm United Church is at SW corner of intersection.
Description: Swap meet and display of Amateur Radio emergency communications equipment. Free parking, coffee, beverages, snacks for sale at event. Door prizes.
Cost: $5/person general admission (free for under 12). $20/table (6-ft); $25/table (6-ft).
Talkin: VE7RMD 147.140 MHz, +600 kHz offset, 79.7 Hz tone.
Info: Email contact: .

Montreal ARC Fleamarket
Sponsor: Montreal Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, April 7.
Time: Vendors 8:15 am; Public 9 am.
Place: LaSalle, QC; Royal Canadian Legion
7771 Bouvier (STM bus 109).
Description: Door Prizes. Free Parking.
Snack Bar.
Cost: Admission $6; Tables $10 (2 for $18).
Table rental includes one admission.
Talkin: 147.060+ (VE2BG).
Info: Contact Jim Hay at or 514-990-1965.

Iroquois ARC Fleamarket
Sponsor: Iroquois Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, April 7.
Time: Vendors 8 am; Public 9 am.
Place: Iroquois ON; Iroquois Civic Building at
1 Dundas Street.
Cost: Admission is free; Table rental $10.
Talkin: VE3IRO 145.29 no tone
Info: For Table rental contact Mike at or Don at .
Email contact: .

Swap Meet & Emergency Communications Equipment Exhibition
Sponsor: Richmond Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, April 7.
Time: Vendors and Exhibitors: 8 am.
Public: 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Place: Richmond, BC; South Arm United Church at SW corner of intersection of #3 Road and Steveston Highway west of Highway 99.
Description: Free parking. Coffee, beverages, snacks for sale at event. Door prizes. Raffle (licence application pending).
Cost: Admission $5/person; free for under 12; Tables (6-feet) $25.
Talkin: VE7RMD 147.140 MHz, +600 KHz offset, 79.7 Hz tone.
Info: Contact

42nd Annual Durham Hamfest
Sponsor: North Shore and South Pickering ARCs
Date: Saturday, April 28.
Time: The event runs from 9 am to 12 noon.
Place: Pickering, ON; Pickering Recreation Complex at 1867 Valley Farm Road.
Description: An annual market and hobby show bringing together manufacturers, commercial and fleamarket vendors to provide communication information, services and equipment to Amateur Radio, scanner, shortwave and other communication enthusiasts!
Cost: Admission is $10. College and university students (with student IDs) and those under 18 years of age are free.
Talkin: Repeater: VE3SPA Frequency: 147.375 MHz Tone: 103.5 Hz Input: +600 kHz.
Info: Email

Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Techs (SMART 2018)
Sponsor: WestCumb Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, April 28.
Time: Doors open at 7 am for Presenters and 8 am for the general public.
Place: Springhill, Nova Scotia; Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.
Description: “To provide insight into the technical and procedural aspects of Amateur Radio operation.” Symposium consist of classes from 9 am till 5 pm with a lunch break at 12 noon for a barbecue. There is also an “Out of Trunk” fleamarket throughout the day, 50/50, door prizes and tickets for the grand prize (radio) TBA at the end of the day.
Registration form on the SMART website.
Cost: Admission $5 per person.
Talkin: Monitor VE1WRC Amherst 147.285 MAVCOM 154* / IRLP #2060.
Info: Jim Langille, VE1JBL,

Maple Ridge Swap Meet
Sponsor: Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club
Date: Sunday, May 6.
Time: Vendors 7:30 am; Public 9 am.
Open for pancake breakfast at 8 am.
Place: Pitt Meadows, BC; 12460 Harris Road,
one block South of the Lougheed Highway in the old REC Building.
Description: Amateur Radio & Computer Swapmeet. The largest in the Fraser Valley
Concession will remain open during the event.
Cost: Tables $20 includes 1 entry and a chance to win a radio; Admission $5 includes a chance to win a radio.
Talkin: 146.800 -600 + Tone 156.7.
Info: Call Nick at 604-465-9476 or email .

34th Annual Smiths Falls Flea Market
Sponsor: Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, May 12.
Time: Vendors 7 am; Public 9 am.
Place: Smiths Falls, ON; Smiths Falls Curling Club, 13 Old Sly’s Road.
Description: Our 34th annual fleamarket of Amateur Radio equipment includes a large number of commercial and private vendors, a canteen, a consignment table and equipment testing table.
Cost: Tables (2.5 ft x 5 ft) $10 (admission not included). Public $5 per person (includes door prize ticket). Youth under 16 admitted free.
Talkin: VE3RLR on 157.21 MHz+
Info: Contact

Port Alberni Swap Meet 2018
Sponsor: Arrowsmith Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, May 26.
Time: Vendors 10 am; Public 11 am to 1 pm.
Place: Port Alberni, BC; Alberni Valley Rescue Hall, 4790 Tebo Avenue.
Description: Door prizes. Prizes drawn between 12:15-12:30 pm. Coffee, Tea and snacks available.
Cost: Tables $10, seller helper $5, buyers $5 at the door.
Talkin: VE7KU RPTR. 147.240+ tone 141.3 Hz
Info: Contact

36th Quebec Hamfest 2018
Sponsor: VE2CBS
Date: Sunday, May 27.
Time: Vendors 6 am; Public 7 am to noon.
Place: Sorel-Tracy QC; Curling Aurele-Racine, 3010 Place des Loisirs.
Description: Snack bar ready to serve you. Non-service VR locations
Cost: Public $8. Youth under 12 free. Entry free after 11 am. Tables $10 plus admission.
Talkin: VE2RBS repeater on 145.370 (CTCSS 103,5). VA2CST-C 146.985 MMz – DV, VE2FCT-B 446.250 MHz – DV
Info: Pierre, VE2DVJ, at 450-855-1653 or email at

Central Ontario Hamfest & Fleamarket
Sponsor: Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Clubs
Date: Sunday, June 3.
Time: Vendors: 7 am; Public 9 to 12 noon.
Place: Cambridge, ON; Waterloo Regional Police Association Recreation Centre RR 2, 1128 Rife Road, North Dumfries Township.
Description: Indoor tables and tailgating; major vendors, loads of collectibles; free prize draws, excellent full-featured snack bar ready to serve you. Easy parking.
Cost: Admission $8 (under 12 free); Vendors: Inside 8-foot tables $23 includes 1 admission. Additional inside tables $15. Tailgater spaces $18 includes 1 admission. Additional Tailgate Pads $10. Additional admission $8.
Talkin: VE3KSR repeater on 146.970 (CTCSS 131.8) and 146.520 simplex. At simplex range switch to 146.520.
Info: Contact Nick Waterman, VE3NNW, at or phone at 519-884-3760 (evenings & weekends only).

48th Annual Red Deer Picnic and Hamfest
Sponsor: Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club
Date: Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17.
Time: Public 2 pm on Friday until noon on Sunday. Registration starts at 12 noon on Friday, June 15 and at 8 am on Saturday, June 16. The RAC AGM will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 16.
Place: Red Deer, Alberta; Shady Nook Community Hall, Township Road 380.
Description: The 48th Annual Red Deer Amateur Radio Picnic and Hamfest will feature ARES Annual meeting, displays, vendors, tailgate fleamarket, pig roast Saturday night, pancake breakfast Sunday morning, draws and door prizes. See the article on page 21.
Talkin: 147.150, 146.520 MHz
Info: Garry, VE6CIA, at .

SteelTown “Tailgate Treasures” Summer Swap Meet
Sponsor: Hamilton Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, June 16.
Time: 8 am to 1 pm.
Place: Hamilton, ON; 180 Van Wagners Beach Boulevard.
Description: A Tailgate style fleamarket. Bring your table and goods. Private parking lot is set up for vendors. Food/Drinks and public washrooms nearby.
Cost: Vendors $5; Public: Free admission.
Talkin: 146.760 – T 138.1 Hz.
Info: Contact Ahmet at for details or contact: .

International Peace Garden Hamfest
Sponsor: International Hamfest Committee
Date: Saturday, July 14.
Time: Registration opens at 8 am events will be throughout the day.
Place: Boissevaine, Manitoba; on the American side of the International Peace Gardens which straddles the Canadian American border on #10 Highway.
Description: Great get together of Amateurs from north and south of the border, tailgating and events for both Amateur and non-Amateur throughout the day. Lunch is included with the price of admission. AGM and prize draws held in afternoon at 4 to 4:30 depending on activities.
Cost: $20 includes lunch and prize draws.
Talkin: 146.85 -600
Info: Jim, VE4JIM, at

Ontario HamFest
Sponsor: Burlington Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, July 14.
Time: Indoor Vendors: 7 am to 8:30 am. Robert Street approach from the east. Tailgating Vendors: 8 am to 8:30 am Robert Sreet, approach from the west only.
Public: 9 am Thomas Street Gate only.
Place: Milton, ON; Milton Agricultural Fairgrounds, 136 Robert Street.
Cost: Public $8. Tables $20 inside table, $8 tailgating for single-width vehicle space. Vendors and helpers are required to pay general admission rate in addition to space rental.
Talkin: 146.520 MHz no tone.
Info: Contact
Web: https://www.BARC.CA

ARES Hamfest 2018
Sponsor: Association Radio Expérimentale du Sud de Québec
Date: Saturday, August 11.
Time: Vendors 7 am; Public 9 am until noon.
Place: Saint-Jean-Chrysostome (7 minutes from Pierre-Laporte bridge); 1012 rue Pierre-Beaumont, Lévis, G6Z 3H4.
Description: This edition will take place in the same place as last year at the old church of Saint-Jean-Chrysostome. The building, suitable for wheelchairs, is located at the intersection of Taniata Avenue and Pierre-Beaumont Street in Lévis, Saint-Jean-Chrysostome area. Accessible to handicapped persons and free parking.
Cost: Public $8; Vendors: Tables $15 includes the vendor’s entrance. For more information visit our website.
Talkin: VE2RAG 145,450 CTCSS 107.2
Info: Alain Couillard, VE2JAC, at 1-877-977-2737; Email contact: .

Parry Sound ARC Hamfest
Sponsor: Parry Sound Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, August 11.
Time: Vendors 7 am; Public 9 am.
Place: Nobel Ontario; McDougall Rec Center, 148 Hammel Avenue.
Cost: Public free admission. Tables: indoor 1st table $10; 2nd and more $5 each. Supply own table(s) $5 flat rate.
Talkin: VE3RPL 145.49 – pl 156.7.
Info: Contact

10th Annual Junk In The Trunk
Sponsor: Ontario Swap Shop
Date: Saturday, August 25.
Time: Public 7:30 am until 11:30 am. Rain or shine.
Place: Newmarket, ON; Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Crescent.
Cost: Public free admission. Vendors $5 per space per car. Additional spaces $5. All money is donated to the Newmarket Theatre.
Talkin: 147.225
Description: Outdoor Amateur Radio Garage Sale and Hamfest. Bring any or all of your surplus radio related items only.
Info: Nick, VE3NJG, . or Mike, VE3MKX, at

SPARC-Fest Six
Sponsor: Sun Parlour Amateur Radio Club
Date: Sunday, August 12.
Time: The event begins at 9 am.
Place: Leamington, ON; 1002 Mersea Road 4.
Description: Sixth annual Hamfest of the SPARC and the only Hamfest west of London. We’re not as large as the Xenia Hamvention but we’re a lot closer and we take Canadian dollars at par! Outdoor trunk sales, Amateur Radio exams, a true small town friendly event! Annual SPARC summer BBQ.
Cost: Free admission.
Talkin: 146.970 MHz, 118.8 Hz
Info: Contact

Ottawa (Carp) 22nd Annual Hamfest
Sponsor: Ottawa Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Date: Saturday, September 8.
Time: Commercial Vendors: 7:30 am; Private Vendors: 8 am; Public: 9 am to noon.
Place: Ottawa (Carp), ON; Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds, 3832 Carp Road in the W. Erskine Johnston Arena at the north end of the fairgrounds.
Cost: Public $6 admission, $14/table (plus admission). Please book tables early.
Talkin: VE2CRA, 146.94-, 100 Hz.
Description: Major doorprize draws.
Breakfast, coffee, and snack concession in the lobby area. Volunteer organizations and displays, including RAC, ARES, QCWA, etc will be present. On-site Amateur Radio licence exams. Get your licence, or upgrade during the hamfest!
Info: Ed, VE3WGO or contact: . Facebook: oarc.hamfest.

VHARA Swap Meet 2018
Sponsor: Victoria Haliburton Amateur Radio Association
Date: Saturday, September 15.
Time: Public 9 am to 11:30 am; Vendors 6:30 am to 8:50 am.
Place: Bobcaygeon, ON; Bobcaygeon Legion, 96 King Street East at the corner of Highway 36 and King Street.
Description: Same location, at Bobcaygeon Legion, as last year. New and used Amateur radio equipment and supplies. Ample parking nearby.
Cost: Public admission $5. Indoor Vendor $17 for a 6-foot or 8-foot table. Outdoor Tailgate Vendor space $8. Payment in advance, for indoor space.
Talkin: 147.195+
Info: Contact Bill, VE3WAH, at .

HARC Hamfest 2018
Sponsor: Hamilton Amateur Radio Club
Date: Saturday, October 13.
Time: Vendors 7 am; Public 9 am.
Place: Ancaster, ON; in the School Fair Building at the Ancaster Fair Grounds,
630 Trinity Road.
Description: An Amateur Radio, computer and electronics fleamarket. Parking on site.
Cost: Public $7; Vendor Tables: $12 per table.
Talkin: 146.76 (-) with tone 131.8 VE3NCF.
Info: Hamfest Chairman: Al Ersser, VA3ERE or ; Vendor liaison: Mardy Eedson, VE3QEE at or call 905-648-0187 and leave a message.
Mail payment to: The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club, 117-350 King Street East, PO Box 75073, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4G6. Payment can also be made via PayPal.

For a list of upcoming events please visit RAC’s Event Database.

You can also include your own event’s information by clicking on “Submit New Event” and completing the form.

Don’t forget to also send your information to The Canadian Amateur magazine at to have your event listed in the Coming Events section.