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Saskatchewan Hamfest 2013

Hamfest 2013 Group Picture
Hamfest 2013 Group Picture

Saskatchewan Hamfest 2013 was hosted by the Battlefords Amateur Radio Association on Saturday July 27.   Hamfest was held at the Legion Hall in Battleford, SK.

Things started on Friday evening with coffee, snacks and early setup at the hall. Those attending on Friday evening were able to Preregister for Saturday's Hamfest. The Friday Saskatchewan 2 Meter Linked Net was called from the Hamfest site. The whole gang attending the coffee get together was checked into the net.

Hamfest got started Saturday morning, almost as planed. Unfortunately the flea market part of the event was a bit of a bust, with very few fleas managing to catch a ride to Hamfest. Those attending did not seem to be upset over this and the true value of Hamfest could clearly be seen. It wasn't the fleas, displays and meetings, it was the socializing that was important. We all had a good time visiting and renewing acquaintances

Over all, Hamfest 2013 was a success despite the late start at planing and our committee of only 5, we proved that with a lot of work, even a small club can host Hamfest. A special thanks to Brenda - VE5HUG, Rick - VE5RGS and Ray - VE5RAE for all there hard work at Hamfest!  Saturday evening I was exhausted and QRTed very early for me, I was out for the night by 9:30.

Thank you to everyone, without those who attended, there would be no Hamfest, you made Hamfest 2013 a success.  You took the time, spent the money and came to visit us in the Battlefords! We especially appreciated those who stayed around for the whole event. The picture above shows who most of those were.   (check back, more pictures will be added)

73.. Ken - VE5KC

Hamfest 2013 - schedule

Battlefords Area Repeater Information

How to get to Hamfest


Great Prizes

Sponsored by the following


football-1 football-2 football plac

Rough Riders Display Football

Saskatchewan Roughriders - Plaza of Honor
Sasktel - September 21, 2012

Winner - Rodney - VE5RMK

Gold Eagle Casino

dualband ht
Baofeng Dual Band HT

Door Prize Winner -Larry - VE5LCM

Raffle Winner - XYL of Garry - VE5SG

Winners of the major prizes were present at the closing of Hamfest.

Pictures will be posted later in the month.

Radio World

$100 Gift Certificate


Yaesu Hats

Yaesu Maps

Yaesu Log books

The Source

Wireless Indoor - Outdoor Speakers

and... many more great prizes!

Canadian Tire

Battleford Agencies

Frazer's nofrills

Super 8 Motel - N. Battleford

... Thank you to our many great Sponsors & Supporters!  ...

See the full list

TGIF - Get an early start Friday night!

Last chance to "Pre-register" and get extra chances at winning door prizes!

This years Hamfest will have a meet and greet Friday night, starting at 7 PM. - coffee and snacks available. This is a chance for those who come the day before to have a visit.. If anyone wants to provide some entertainment you will be more than welcome. Vendors could also setup in advance.. This will allow you more time to get a good nights rest and be ready for the next day.

Admission: $5.00
Flea Market tables & Tailgaters: $5.00

(space available on first come first served)

$5.00 admission gives you a chance to win many great door prizes including a dual-band HT.


So Cheap at $5.00 so we can cut you a deal on the price.

.. BUT here's the deal..

If you pre-register, you will get an additional 2 draw tickets!
You will have 3 chances at winning prizes. (instead of just 1)
Including the draw for the HT!

Pre-Registration on Friday night - July 26 or by mail.

Download and print the following form:

Click here>>> Pre-Registration Form <<<

Flea Market Tables Available - Bring your Fleas!

Tailgater Sellers - Welcome!

We do however have the opportunity for tailgate venders to set up in the backyard which is fenced on three sides. Tailgaters must provide their own tables, shelter or whatever they need for their setup. The tailgate of your truck or van may be all you need. There is a door at the back of the hall going to the backyard.

Hamfest 2013 - schedule

Friday July 26, 2013

07:00 - 09:30        - Pre-Registration - early setup
- Meet & Greet - coffee & snacks
  [Sponsored by Frazer's nofrills N. Battleford]
-  Door Prizes for early attendance -
09:00                  - IRLP Net

Saturday July 27, 2013 - (all day) - Great Door Prizes!

08:00 -  09:00       - Vendor set up
09:00 - 12:00        - Flea Market

12:00 - 01:00        - Lunch - Flea Market closes
(12:30 - 01:00       - take down/ move tables & setup for SARL Meeting)
01:00 - 02:30        - SARL Meeting
02:30 - 03:15.       - Group Picture/ break
03:15 - 04:15        - DStar - Devon VE5DWR
04:15 - 05:15        - Balloon Project, Saskatoon ARC - Bruce VA5BNC
05:15 - 06:15        -  The Elecraft QRP HF rig - VE5KC
00:15 - 06:30        - Closing & door prize draws


Flex Radio - SDR computer HF Radio - VE5RAE
DStar - VE5DWR - Devon will be operating a local DStar repeater
SARL - Saskatchewan Amateur Radio League
CLARA - Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association
YLRL - Young Ladies Radio League
Cochin Light house activation - VE5MC
Wireless 107.1 - Automated Radio Station - VE5KC
>> On the Air <<. . . with low power anouncement transmitter . . .

Final draws for major door prizes at end of program - aprox 6:30 PM

- BaoFeng Dual Band HT - door prize
- Draw for BaoFeng Dual Band HT raffle
- Draw for any remaining prizes
- wrap up and closing
- ( clean up of hall)


Things to do for Non Ham family members

Shopping & Restaurants - (1/2 block from Hamfest)
Tot lot & paddling pool - free - (1 block)
Fred Light Museum - (4 blocks)
Fort Battleford - (2km)
Western Development Museum - (N. Battleford 8km)
Gold Eagle Casino - (N. Battleford - free transportation available)

Major door prizes will be drawn for at the end of Hamfest.


Please plan to take in the whole day, a lot of work and planning go into a Hamfest. Your full participation and involvement is part of making the event a success.  Better still book a motel or campsite and make a holiday of the weekend. There are are lots of things to do and see in the Battleford’s area.

We have the hall for the full day, so there is no problem with scheduling to go later in the day..

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Battlefords Area Repeater Information

(Primary Repeaters)
147.240 (+600)
146.880 (-600)
South of Battleford
145.390 (-600) 

Lizard Lake
(between Saskatoon & Battlefords


Talk in frequency - 147.240

146.88 & 147.24 are linked
No tone is required

(If repeater not working, 146.520 simplex)

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How to get to Hamfest

[GPS coordinates: 52°44′11″N 108°18′38″W]

Battleford map-1
Battleford - south of N. Battleford on Hwy 4 just off of Hwy 16

Battleford map-2
Hamfest. location in Battleford, camp grounds near by.

Battleford map-3
Turn east into Battleford at traffic lights, junction of Hwy 4 & 40

Battleford Legion
Battleford Legion - Hamfest. 2013

You have arrive at Saskatchewan Hamfest 2013

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Battleford Information

Battleford Saskatchewan
Town website

Where to stay, Motels and Camping

Super 8 Motel North Battleford  is offer our Group the following Hamfest. rates:

Single - (One Queen Bed) - 85.00 Plus Taxes
Double - (Two Queen Beds) - 100.00 Plus Taxes

These Rates include the following:
Complimentary Breakfast - toast, coffee, juice, cereal & muffins.

All rooms have:

Mini Fridge, Microwave, Coffee Pot, Hair Dryer, Clock Radio, Iron and Ironing Board.
Free High Speed Internet (Wireless/Hard wired) Cable TV with Free Premium Movie Channel.

To qualify for these rates you must phone direct to the Super 8 in North Battleford.
(you will not receive these rates form toll free reservations number)

Call Super 8 North Battleford direct @ 306-446-8888
You must ask for the "Hamfest. Rates".

(These rates are not available online or via the 1-800 toll free reservation number)

Bookings are on a First Come First Serve.

Reserve your rooms early as there are other events happening the same weekend, including a Major Aboriginal Conference and the 100 Anniversary of Saskatchewan Hospital.

North Battleford Super 8 Motel
1006 Hwy 16 Yellowhead,
North Battleford, Saskatchewan

The Super 8 is on the North Battleford side but only a 5 min drive across the bridge to Battleford. there really isn't anything closer. The motel was renovated with additional rooms added a few years ago. It has an elevator for easy access to all floors.

The Supper 8 has been a BARA sponsor for many years, in addition to providing our club with free use of their meeting room.

Other area Motels - see below

Camp Grounds

Eiling Kramer Campground
- located in the town of Battleford only a few blocks away from the Hamfest. location.

Debit card accepted
Major credit cards accepted
Seasonal camping rates
Free firewood
Reservations accepted
Day, Weekly and monthly rates available.

Call for the current rates

Box 1240
Battleford, SK  S0M 0E0

Tel: (306) 937-6212 / (306) 937-6216

David-Laird-Campground - Located between Hwys 16 and 40, 1.6km E of North Battleford

Tel: (306) 445-3552 / (306) 445-3752

Area Motels

Best Canadian Motor Inns
971 Hwy 16 Bypass, North Battleford, SK

Battlefords Inn
11212 Railway Ave E, North Battleford, SK

Gold Eagle Lodge
12004 Railway Ave E, North Battleford, SK

Hitching Post Motel
1004 Hwy 16 Bypass, North Battleford, SK

Tropical Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
1001 Hwy 16 Bypass, North Battleford, SK

Travelodge North Battleford
992 101st St., North Battleford, SK