2018 Stuart Florida Hamfest

See you starting at 8AM on March 17, 2018 for the 43rd annual FREE Martin County Hamfest The 2018 Stuart Hamfest is Saturday, 17 March, 2018 at the Martin County Fairgrounds (link to directions) 2616 SE Dixie Hwy Stuart, FL 34996. Talk-in on 147.060 MHz K4ZK repeater.

Prize donations now available!

Prize Donations Just $5 for a limited time!

Stuart Hamfest Prize Winners


We are pleased to announce the major prize winners for the 2018 Stuart FREE hamfest. Thanks to all who came out to the hamfest, we hope you had as much fun visiting as we did hosting it! See you next year!

Blue Star

1st Prize ICOM IC-7300

Jayson E Wise KM4QWM
Gotha, FL

2nd Prize Kenwood TM-V71A

Richard W Carver WB4CPJ
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

3rd Prize Yaesu FT-60R

Romeo A Robitaille W1BMG
Pawtucket, RI

2019 Winners

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Google Map to the Fairgrounds, 2616 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart FL. General Entrance is at the stop light. Here are directions in DOC format


Download 2018 Stuart Hamfest Flyer. Click Here to get the Stuart Hamfest Flyer

License Exams

Technician, General and Amateur Extra Class license exams are administered at 9:00 AM. The room(s) used for exams vary depending upon availability. Please check the information booth for any latest details. Don't forget to bring a legal photo ID and your Social Security Number or your FCC FRN (if you have one). You'll also need to pay your ARRL Exam Fees.


Tailgating is FREE for all private parties. Enter from the north (not at the traffic light) entrance. Gates to the tailgate area remain locked until 0700 AM Saturday. You are welcome to queue up at the north gate. All commerical vendors must purchase inside space Clubs have a at-cost rate for tables and all clubs are requested to use the inside areas for their displays.


Don't run off for lunch- we got you covered with coffee and donuts in the morning and Kosher Dogs, Chips, and Ice Cold Drinks for lunch. Hey, we gotta eat too! Join Us. As always, it'll be CHEAP.


9:00 AM
Room 1 TBA
Room 2 TBA
Room 3 ARRL VE exam session, all welcome

10:00 AM
Room 1 TBA
Room 2 ARRL
Jeff Beals WA4AW, ARRL Southern Florida Section manager

About the Hamfest

What started out decades ago as a simple "tailgate" meeting at Francis Langford park in Stuart is now one of the best attended hamfests in Florida and has grown to be a much larger event with commercial vendors, inside swap tables, and forums. It is common to see as many as 100 or more people "tailgating" with a few commercial vendors mixed in. We're free- easy to get to- and we're in a beautiful town. So come see us for the hamfest on the third weekend in March- we'll pay your admission, OK?

Judy and Ron Tagg, March 2009
Doug Shields and Bill Sandel
Joe Pelikan and Joe Lenartine
Lots of Tubes
Lee K4LJP's Tower Trailer
Lee Pennington K4LJP
Robert Van Etten and Woody
Ben Shows us a Door Prize


2018 Hamfest Donation Prizes

To be awarded March 17th, 2018. We're giving away another great group of prizes this year!

  • 1st ICOM IC-7300 HF/6M Transceiver
  • 2nd Kenwood TM-V71A Dual Band Mobile Transceiver
  • 3rd Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld
  • door Various Door Prizes

2017 Hamfest Donation Prizes

Awarded March 18th, 2017
  • 1st ICOM IC-7300 HF/6M Transceiver
  • 2nd Kenwood TM-V71A Dual Band Mobile Transceiver
  • 3rd Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld
  • door Various Door Prizes

2016 Hamfest Donation Prizes

Awarded March 19th, 2016
  • 1st Yaesu FT-DX-1200 HF Transceiver
  • 2nd Yaesu FT-7900R Dual Band Mobile Transceiver
  • 3rd Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld
  • door Various Door Prizes

2015 Hamfest Donation Prizes

Awarded March 21st, 2015
  • 1st Yaesu FT-DX-1200 HF Transceiver
  • 2nd Yaesu FT-7900R Dual Band Mobile Transceiver
  • 3rd Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld
  • door Various Door Prizes

2014 Prizes

Awarded March 14th, 2014
  • 1st Grand Prize Kenwood TS-480SAT
  • 2nd 2nd Prize Kenwood TM-V71A
  • 3rd 3rd Prize Yaesu FT-60R

2013 Prizes

Awarded March 16th, 2013
  • 1st Grand Prize Yaesu FT-450D
  • 2nd 2nd Prize ICOM IC208H
  • 3rd 3rd Prize Yaesu FT-60R


What people are saying about the Stuart Hamfest

  • "My first hamfest was the Stuart Hamfest in 1975, I think it was held at the Tri County Rehab center on US 1. Attended with my Dad K4SJA (SK) got my license in Aug 77. Keep up the good work!"

    Eric W4KPG
  • "I bought a Diet Coke and Hot Dog. It was good esp since you supplied all the side stuff for the dog."

    2013 Survey Respondent
  • "The 3 grand prizes were fine. Quality prizes not the 40 dollar HT's that are flooding the market "

    2013 Survey Respondent
  • "Bought 7 tickets to support the hamfest, happy to contribute. Made more money selling than I expected!"

    2013 Survey Respondent
  • "Its a great hamfest to sell, meet other hams and have lots of fun."

    2013 Survey Respondent


Commercial vendors please use our club phone. 772-349-7820. For general questions or inquires please fill out the form below.
Martin County Amateur Radio Association
Box 1901
Stuart, Florida 34995-1901

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Advance Ticket Sales

When you donate here you will not get a physical ticket delivered- you will get a ticket entered and placed in the basket for each chance donation corresponding to the amount you donate. You will get an email for the transaction from PayPal, and a manual email with your ticket number(s) from one of our staff once your tickets are placed in the barrel.

Note: Online Ticket Donations have ended. See you at the hamfest 17 March, 2018.

Hamfest Prizes

Make a donation to get a prize ticket. Suggested donations are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 7 for $20. Please fill out the form below and proceed to PayPal for Secure Payments.

Online ticket sales are closed. Please visit us at the hamfest to get your tickets on Saturday. 73

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Important Information

  • Winner need not be present for major prizes (Grand, 2nd, and 3rd)
  • Major Prizes may be collected at the hamfest or shipped to the winner (shipping for continental USA ONLY)
  • Amateur Radio License is not required to buy tickets (you must be licensed to transmit of course)
  • Prize drawing is open to US based participants only.
  • Void where prohibited by law.