Amateur radio operators to gather in Charleston for 32nd Annual Hamfest

The public is invited to the 32nd annual Charleston Area Hamfest on Saturday, Mar. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a new venue this year – the Activities Center of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1401 Washington Street West, in Charleston.

The Hamfest is a flea market for amateur radio operators – an opportunity for hams (as they are also known), and anyone interested, to buy and sell new and used radio and related equipment. Ham radio dealers will be on hand, as well. Admission is $6, with age 12 and under free. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

Amateur radio testing for those wishing to acquire a ham radio license will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Part of the day’s events include forums on emergency communications, antennas, and presentations by the American Radio Relay League and National Weather Service. The West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council will also meet.

The Charleston Area Hamfest is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization; any profits go back into future Hamfests.

For more information, contact Jim Damron via email at


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