Kalamazoo HamFest 2015 and Special Event Station K8U


The day is here! This Sunday, October 18th, beginning at 8 AM, Kalamazoo Celebrates it's 33rd annual HamFest. We hope to make this year's HamFest the biggest and best yet!

KalamazooHamFest.Com contains all the information you need to attend and enjoy one of Michigan's best HamFests! (or click on the words "Kalamazoo Hamfest Website" on the Information Bar above!)

Over 20,000 square feet of selling area with commercial vendors and individuals with new and used electronic gear and parts for sale, as well as Forums conducted by the Kalamazoo Area Maker's Meet-Up Group, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and one of the Michigan ARRL Digital Communications experts to talk about HF (Shortwave) Digital Communications.

A new addition this year is the inclusion of a Jamboree On The Air station, using special event callsign K8U! (http://www.qrz.com/db/K8U) (The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack.) See http://www.scouting.org/jota for further information about JOTA or, for information about the Kalamazoo Area JOTA activities at Camp Rota-Kiwan AND at HamFest 2015, Email KalamazooJOTA [at] W8VY [dot] Org)

Scouts in uniform are admitted free!

JOTA2015Amateur Radio License Testing will be held promptly at 10 AM. Walk-ins are welcome, and admission to the testing session ONLY is free (normal testing fees apply).

Admission to the HamFest requires purchase of a $5 ticket! Scouts in uniform are free as are age 14 and under with a paid adult.

PLEASE NOTE that the usual I-94 exits to the Expo Center and Fairgrounds at Sprinkle Rd are CLOSED. See alternate directions below, or at KalamazooHamFest.Com)


Download (33rd_Annual_KALAMAZOO_HAMFEST.pdf, PDF, 77KB)

Download (map-and-directions.pdf, PDF, 170KB)

Kalamazoo HamFest 2015 — October 18th

Ham­Fest 2015 is only 2 weeks away!

The 33rd Annual Kala­ma­zoo Ham­Fest will be held on Sun­day, Octo­ber 18th this year. Please visit the Kala­ma­zoo Ham­Fest web site HERE for all of the details (or click on the Kala­ma­zoo Ham­Fest Web­site tab at the top of this site’s home page), includ­ing ALTERNATE ROUTES AROUND CONSTRUCTION at the Sprin­kle Rd./I-94 inter­change. ALL RAMPS TO/FROM I-94 are CLOSED at Sprin­kle Rd!

As of the com­ple­tion of this year’s event, there will be at least 2 open­ings in the Ham­Fest 2016 Work­group. Now is the time to vol­un­teer for this team to ensure a 34th event next year! See your local club Board mem­bers or email Info [at] Kala­ma­zooHam­Fest [dot] Com.

Forums will be con­ducted by our State ARRL rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Larry Camp — WB8R, John Math­ieson — AC8JW, who will be dis­cussing HF Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and the Kala­ma­zoo Area Maker’s Meet-up Group will also be doing a presentation.

Plans are also being final­ized to have a Jam­boree On The Air sta­tion oper­at­ing, so bring the Scouts as well!

Ama­teur Radio Licens­ing exams will be con­ducted at 10:00 AM for all classes of licenses.

Hope to see you all on the 18th!



Amateur Radio Licensing Classes 2015

The Kala­ma­zoo Ama­teur Radio Club will once again be con­duct­ing classes for the entry level (Tech­ni­cian) license into the Ama­teur Radio Ser­vice (or “Ham” Radio!), as well as a Gen­eral Class License course for those wish­ing to upgrade!

“The Ama­teur and Amateur-satellite ser­vices are for qual­i­fied per­sons of any age who are inter­ested in radio tech­nique solely with a per­sonal aim and with­out pecu­niary inter­est. These ser­vices present an oppor­tu­nity for self-training, inter­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and tech­ni­cal inves­ti­ga­tions.” (FCC Ama­teur Radio Ser­vice Home Page)

A Tech­ni­cian class and a Gen­eral class will be offered con­cur­rently, on Mon­day nights at the Red Cross. First class will be Sep­tem­ber 21, 2015, and the last class will be Decem­ber 7, 2015. (There will be no class Novem­ber 23 due to the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day.) Classes will begin at 7:00 pm. The Tech­ni­cian class will run to 9:00 pm, and the Gen­eral class will run to about 9:30 pm. There will be a test­ing ses­sion at the Red Cross on Decem­ber 7, 2015. Classes will be con­ducted in the lower level of the South­west Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, at 5640 Ven­ture Ct., Kala­ma­zoo, MI (Oshtemo Town­ship) (map)

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion and REGISTRATION, click HERE (W8UH.Net)

Amateur Radio License Testing - July 2015

Test­ing for all classes of Ama­teur Radio licenses will be offered this Sat­ur­day,  July 18th. Test­ing is held at the Kala­ma­zoo County Sheriff’s Depart­ment, 1500 Lam­ont Ave, Kala­ma­zoo, MI 49048.

Test­ing begins at 8:30 A.M.

Please park in the street and go through the park­ing lot at the LEFT end of the build­ing to the door near the base of the radio tower. One of the Vol­un­teer Exam­in­ers will be there to direct you to the test­ing room!

For addi­tional infor­ma­tion, please con­tact John Tucker (WB8ZVV) via e-mail at wb8zvv [at] gmail [dot] com or phone (269) 324‑9085.

KARC Membership Meeting — July 2015

The Kala­ma­zoo Ama­teur Radio Club would like to invite any­one inter­ested in Ama­teur (or Ham!) Radio to attend our July 2015 Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing. There you can meet some­one you might have spo­ken with on the repeater, get more infor­ma­tion about becom­ing a “Ham” radio oper­a­tor, or just learn more about the hobby from a pre­sen­ta­tion given at the meet­ing. We meet on the third Thurs­day of every month (this month on the 16th!) at 7 PM (6:30 PM if you’d like to social­ize!) at the South­west Michi­gan Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross, 5640 Ven­ture Ct. in Kalamazoo.
Hope to see you there!!