HAMFEST Information

The 2018 Nixa ARC Hamfest is coming up on Saturday, November 10, 2018!

This year’s show will be held at “The Bridge” located at 308 E. Mt. Vernon St in Nixa – directly across from McDonalds

Our doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the cost for entry is $7.00.  Back by popular demand is the “Super Ticket”.  For $20.00, you get TWENTY chances to win our fabulous and unique door prizes.  Up for grabs are some useful tools such as a heat gun and heat shrink kit, a Weller soldering station, a NICE DX Engineering coax cable cutting and crimp set, gift certificates from the ARRL, DX Engineering, the RF Adapter Guy, RT Systems and N3FJP, an Ed Fong roll up J-Pole antenna,  a TYT MD-380 VHF DMR / Analog portable radio, and a Yaesu FTM-3100 2-meter mobile.  If you are a Veteran, please provide ID at the door and you will be given a ticket for a chance to win a prize drawing for veterans only!

This year’s event will again be catered with coffee, breakfast and lunch available on site at a VERY reasonable price and conveniently located inside the hamfest venue with a dining area so you can take in all the action at the show and visit with your friends while enjoying some grub.

VE Testing by the Nixa ARC VE Team will be available with testing starting at 8:30 a.m.  For those that just wish to test, you will NOT be required to pay to enter the hamfest – simply enter through a separate door to the VE testing area.

We have three GREAT presentations lined up this year as well.  At 9:00 a.m., Bob Heil, K9EID, will be demonstrating his BRAND NEW Parometric Receive Audio System – you WON’T want to miss this!  At 10:00 a.m., Chuck Kraly, K0XM, one of the founders of the BYRG (Back Yard Repeater Group) in Kansas City, will be further educating us on the fastest growing digital VHF / UHF mode (at least in Missouri!) with his presentation “DMR – A Primer and Review of Its Rapid Growth”.  Chuck is extremely well versed in DMR and has been credited with the rapid expansion and excitement surrounding this digital mode used on 2-meters and 70-centimeters in Missouri, Kansas and beyond.  Then, At 11:30 a.m., Tom Wheeler, N0GSG, will be giving a presentation entitled “Simplifying DMR Radio Programming with N0GSG Contact Manager”.  Tom is the inventor of this wonderful piece of software that we have highly recommended for making DMR radio codeplugs / programming files and we are EXCITED to have him give everyone some inside pointers and instruction on how to use the N0GSG Contact Manager software.  .

What about Vendors?  We have the following vendors at this year’s hamfest and we even have a manufacturer on hand to demonstrate their products and their operation:

  • Associated Radio
  • BridgeCom Systems (NEW!!)
  • D&L Antenna
  • Ham Crazy
  • Mike’s Embroidery
  • Whistler (NEW!!) Manufacturer of some of the industry’s finest digital scanners
  • Wiest Tech


IMPORTANT!!  If you park anywhere we have marked as “NO PARKING” in Orange with orange lines through the parking spaces, your vehicle can be towed at your expense!  Please be respectful of the surrounding businesses and park in the areas outlined in RED and avoid spending your funds getting your vehicle out of the impound lot!

NARCfest Parking