Red River Radio Amateurs 2017 Hamfest and ARRL ND State Convention


  • ARRL Card Checking by W9NT
  • Over $450 in cash and merchandise door prizes
  • Special YL only prizes
  • Free Yaesu promotional items to first 100 attendees (or while supply lasts)
  • Talk-In on 145.350-, 147.255+, and 444.875+; PL 123 Hz
  • Seminars
  • License Testing (aka VE Testing)
  • Flea Market
  • Food

Ticket and Flea Market Table Pricing

  • Admission Tickets
    • Adults: $9.00 each
    • 12 years and under admitted free with parent
  • 8’ Flea Market Tables - limited electricity available
    • Cost: $15.00 each
    • Minimum 1 admission ticket purchase required per vendor
  • Special for 2017: $3.00 off total vendor table(s) cost with each additional admission ticket purchase


Schedule subject to change without notice

Friday, September 29th

4PMFlea Market setup in Main Hall
7PMBuilding closes for the night

Saturday, September 30th

7AMFlea Market setup in Main Hall
Light Breakfast served in the lobby of the Hartl Building
8AMFlea Market opens
9AMSeminars begin
10AMLicense Testing begins
10:30AMLunch served in Main Hall
NoonLicense Testing cut off
2PMHamfest ends


Seminars subject to change without notice

TimeSubjectPresented by
9AM to 10AMRemote Rig Interfacing & Introduction to AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network)Lynn Nelson W0ND
10AM to NoonRFI Problems and FixesEd Hare W1RFI ARRL Lab Manager
Noon to 1PMARRL ForumLynn Nelson W0ND

License Testing

aka VE Testing

  • Registration starts at 10AM
  • No tests may be started after 12 Noon
  • Test takers must bring:
    1. Copy of current license for upgrades
    2. $15 cash or check (made out to ARRL VEC)
    3. FRN or SSN, and Photo ID


  • From I-94: Exit 343 toward W Fargo, Turn right onto 15th St NW, Turn right onto Ave of Flags (Fair Ground entrance)
  • From I-29 (heading south): Exit 65 for US-10W/Main Ave, Turn right onto US-10W/Main Ave, Turn left onto 15th St NW, Turn right onto Ave of Flags (Fair Ground entrance),
  • From I-29 (heading north): Exit 63B for I-94W toward Bismarck, Follow I-94 instructions above
  • From 13th Ave S (e. g. West Acres): Take I-29 south to exit 63B for I-94W toward Bismarck, Follow I-94 instructions above
  • On-line directions: Search for “Red River Valley Fair Hartl Ag Building West Fargo” in Google Maps or visit


Some of the accomodations available in the Fargo area include:

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