CVARC Hamfest

The OFFICIAL Website of the 2021 Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest – Iowa State ARRL Convention

Linn County Fairgrounds, Central City Iowa
August 7 & 8, 2021 – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Prices for the Event:

  • Kids under 18: FREE
  • Adults: $10
  • Saturday Night Banquet  $15 – Buffet Style (click here)
    • Awards Ceremony, ARRL presentations 
    • Keynote address by Guy West N0MMA 
    • Please make reservations by July 24!
  • Flea Market Tables: $10 ($15 after July 1)
  • Outdoor Fleas: $10/car, truck, table
  • Commercial Vendors: $10/table w/2 free tickets
  • RV Camping: $20/night
  • Offsite camping available: Pinicon Ridge Park
  • Contact Christopher Caldwell to reserve tables and Banquet reservations:

Excellent on-site food supplied by Linn County 4-H Clubs and Linn County Pork Producers.

LODGING:  We have made special arrangements with the Days Inn and Suites, 2215 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids IA for discount accommodations for out-of-town Hamfest attendees.   This motel is conveniently located near Highways 380 and 100 for easy access.  Call 319 378-3948, and mention the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC) to receive special Hamfest rates!

Official Hamfest Flyer

  • HUGE open-air flea market with plenty of parking (handicap parking on grounds).
  • Vendors include Associated Radio, D&L Antenna, Dit and Dash, Cable XPerts, 4 States QRP
  • Special Activity:  2-Meter Antenna Range Measurements (click here)
  • Special Activity:  Amelia Earhart Listening Tests (click here)
  • Special Activity:  High Altitude Balloon launch August 7th.
  • Inside, air-conditioned trade floor
  • Over 16 Technical forums and presentations
  • MAKE IT/TAKE IT Builder’s Activity  (click here)
  • Homemade food and drinks provided by 4H
  • Prize drawings including
  • On-site ARRL VE testing – Contact Al Butler,  for information
  • Saturday night banquet with award ceremony and Keynote Address (click here)
    • Banquet Reservations must be in place by July 24!

Forum Schedule:  (click here)

  Forum Room 1   Forum Room 2  
9:00 Steve White Getting Started and Extra Class George Cooley Summits on the Air
10:00 Tim Snodgrass Breaking Free of the Solar Cycle Dan Roesler IEEE
11:00 Rod Blocksome Preview of Antenna Field Tests Eric Watson DMR – Creating a Code Plug
12:00 John Ely Yaesu System Fusion, Wires-X Gregg Lind Build a Coherer
1:00 Virginia Smith History of Telegraphy Paul Cowley Iowa Repeater Council
2:00 Troop 40 Radio Scouting Lelia Garner ARES
3:00 Paul Cowley NanoVNA – What is it, and why do you need one Art Zygielbaum ARRL
  Forum Room 1      
9:00 Mark Kovalan Early Radio History    
10:00 Joe Eisenberg 3D Printing    
11:00 Bill Caldwell GNU Radio    
12:00 Barry Beulow Homebrew Radio Show and Tell    
1:00 Dan Roesler Derecho Response    
2:00 David Cripe Building the Next Generation of Hams    
2021 CVARC Hamfest – Linn County Fairgrounds, Central City Iowa