The Hamfest committee will start working on the 2018 Hamfest in January. Please check back then.

The 42nd Annual Durham Hamfest takes place April 28th, 2018 at the Pickering Recreation Complex (1867 Valley Farm Road South, Pickering, ON, L1V 6K7) from 09:00 until 12:00. Adult admission is $7 while children under 12 are free!

The 42nd Annual Durham Hamfest is a radio/electronics flea market and hobby show. The event brings together manufacturers, equipment retailers, and anyone looking to buy and sell used radio gear. We cater to amateur radio, CB, and shortwave but welcome all radio communication enthusiasts warmly. Come see what's for sale, grab a complementary coffee, and make new friends in the hobby.

Photo of 2017 event

If you have some old radio gear you're interested in selling, are a club recruiting new members, or generally have a marketable interest to radio enthusiasts, please check out our vendors page. Do you want the event to be even more grand than last year? Help us by volunteering to organize the event by contacting us.

Information Package

Want us to email you a reminder just before the event? If you sign up, we'll send you one email with the list of registered vendors, the floor plan, and any last minute information useful for your day with us. It's completely voluntary and we will delete your email after this year's event so you won't be bugged.

What To Expect

The event is mostly a flea market with some groups, companies, and demos mixed in. We recommend arriving before the doors open in order to grab the best deals. All tables are cash only. Few vendors, if any, will bring electronic card readers. Door admission is also cash only. The Pickering Recreation Complex does not have an ATM on site, so make sure you stop by your bank on the way.

Vendors

Tim Hortons of Courtice Ontario SPARC NSARC WARC Durham Region ARES Icom TFMCS RAC Korean ARC Durham Radio Radioworld
Attendee Map

Door Prizes

2018 Door Prizes yet to be determined. Below were the Door Prizes at our 2017 event.

RAC Logo
Radio Amateurs of Canada have graciously donated a 1 year membership with their organization. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada. It is a not-for-profit membership association with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representing the interests of Amateur Radio all across Canada.
ICOM V80
Icom America has graciously donated a IC-V80 radio. Icom radios are built tough, Icom's most economical 2M, is no exception. The IC-V80 military rugged handheld offers water resistance and superior protection against dust and dirt (IP54). Not only compact and rugged, the V80 comes with plenty of talk power at 5 watts. The IC-V80 is ideal for your most challenging on-the-go ham operations.
NSARC
The North Shore ARC has graciously donated a 1 year membership with their organization. The North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC) was founded shortly after WWII. Early members from Camp X of Oshawa, engineers and operators of the Hydra radio transmitter. A club of history and wisdom, with a forward outlook and bold ambitions. Come out to a monthly meeting and see if we're right for you.
SPARC
The South Pickering ARC has graciously donated a 1 year membership with their organization. The South Pickering Amateur Radio Club is located in Pickering Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1977, serving the amateur communities of Pickering, Scarborough, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. The club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from September to June at the Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road (South of Kingston Road, east of Liverpool).
AC Log
N3FJP has graciously donated a copy of his Amateur Contact Log software. In the beginning of his amateur experience, his Dad, Fred - WB3DLV (now a silent key who LOVED CW), and him used index cards to keep track of their contacts. After he started computer programming, he knew he wanted to create a program that would perform all the functions his Dad and he used to dream about when he was a kid. The result of this dream is Amateur Contact Log. Not only have their ideas been included, he has also incorporated many of the fine suggestions he has received from thousands of AC Log users around the world. He hopes you enjoy using AC Log as much he enjoys creating and supporting it.

Talk In Frequency

Repeater: VE3SPA
Freq: 147.375 MHz
Tone: 103.5 Hz
Input: +600 kHz

Directions

Driving

Take exit #399 (signs for Brock Road - not Street) off Highway 401.
Turn left onto Brock Road.
Turn left onto Kingston Road/Highway 2.
Turn left onto Valley Farm Road.
Find the Pickering Recreation Complex on the left.

Public Transit

Take the 900 PULSE bus to Valley Farm.
Walk 5 minutes south on Valley Farm Road.
Find the Pickering Recreation Complex on the left.

Parking

Disability parking is available at the complex near the alternative entrance (see below), but space is limited and we do not have preferential parking over other complex users. Follow the parking signs to the lot in the rear of the building off Diefenbaker Court. This lot is the preferred parking lot for the event.

In previous years it was brought to our attention that some of our attendees have parked on the streets around the complex. We do not advise this. The city of Pickering does ticket the area regularly, especially on weekends.

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