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October 1, 2023 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


CARA Fest 2023

Sunday October 01, 2023

Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland

$10 at the door.  Kids under 16 FREE.
Add $10 for an outdoor tailgating space, or $20 for an indoor table.

Food will be available for purchase from the Lions Club (while supplies last)


  • Vendors & Swapmeet: 7 am – Noon
  • Club Exhibits: 7 am – Noon
  • Free Amateur Radio Testing: 9 am – 10:30 am
  • Gates open at 6am for Vendors and Tailgating Setup

What is CARA Fest?

CARA Fest is an annual Ham Fest and STEM event hosted by the Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA, K3CUJ). Because it encompasses so much more than just a Ham event, we call it “CARA Fest.” It brings together amateur radio operators (“hams”) and those interested in other electronics-related activities to exchange ideas, expertise, enthusiasm, and equipment. CARA Fest provides a variety of educational and sales opportunities, such as:

  • Local/national vendors and individuals selling personal equipment, from radio gear and books to computers
  • Reps from local technical organizations
  • Hands-on STEM activities for kids and adults
  • Speakers on a variety of technical topics
  • On-site amateur radio license testing
  • And much more!

Why Get Into Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio is a hands-on hobby for tech enthusiasts and there’s something for everyone- from analog to digital to Morse code. It’s a hobby for everyone interested in science, technology and electronics. Plus, the ham community is small but diverse, including some very interesting folks. When you hop on the radio, you never know who you might talk to…it could be the king of another country or a Hollywood star.

Amateur Radio also serves a critical need in our community. Through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Hams provide volunteer emergency communications during natural disasters and other community crises. When other forms of communications are down, hams come to the rescue. Read about how amateur radio was instrumental during Hurricane Katrina, the attacks on 9/11, and how hams help in search and rescue operations.

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Talk-In:  147.390 MHz   Offset:  + 600 KHz  Tone: 156.7 Hz




October 1, 2023
7:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794-9604 United States


Columbia Amateur Radio Association
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