Manassas Hamfest

The OVH MANASSAS HAMFEST will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 for the 44th time

The MANASSAS HAMFEST now has its own separate web site! Check it out!  But please note that that other web site is intended to complement this one which may have more detailed    information in some respects. Be sure to review all information which is on this web page too.


  • The 2018 Hamfest planning committee is actively working to make the 44th OVH Manassas
    Hamfest better than ever! Don / WA2SWX is serving Hamfest Committee Chairman this year.
  • Attendance has been up in recent years as has been the number of FleaMarket Tailgaters.
  • The commercial vendors all reported good sales activity and lots of interest in 2017.
  • Each Forum / Special Event Seminar was well attended – more will be held on June 3, 2018.
  • The Youth Lounge activity attracted more youngsters than last year, lot of learning fun.     The co-sponsor, Prince William County 4-H, will assist in putting this on again!
  • The VEC Exam for new Ham Licenses / Upgrades – will be part of the 2018 Hamfest again.
  • Many attendees have thanked the OVH, saying the Manassas Hamfest is one of best around!
  • The OVH has sponsored and put on the OVH Manassas Hamfest in June every year since 1974.
  • The OVH Manassas Hamfest is expected again to attract several thousand visitors this year

Additional Details

You will be able to prepurchase General Admission tickets, Outdoor Tailgating tickets, Covered Pavillion Tailgating tickets and Indoor Table Flea Market tickets for the 2018 Hamfest via PayPal online at  before May 1st. Online admission ticket sales will end on May 1st, but tickets can, of course, still be purchased at the entrance gates to the Hamfest on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Then come back here where there is more useful info, including about the Hamfest’s sponsor.

2017 OVH Manassas Hamfest Flyer
2017 Hamfest Postcard

Click HERE to get customized Google Directions and a Map to the 2018 Hamfest location.
The location hasn’t changed since 1974, but some of the nearby streets, roads and highways
have changed as the area has become more built up. Get a Map with Directions!

Click HERE for a good aerial view of the Hamfest site / location.

Some  REASONS TO ATTEND the 2018 OVH Manassas Virginia Hamfest

Forums / Presentations. Check back here for details about the forums and presentations
at the 2017 Hamfest. That information should be firmed up by early May 2017.

A Youth Lounge with radio and science related demonstrations and projects, a place for
youngsters to hang out, sponsored and staffed by Prince William County 4H Club and the
Ole Virginia Hams has been very popular and well received each year since 2013, and
will be run again during the 2017 Hamfest. More details to follow. The Youth Lounge event
will again follow the ARRL’s suggestions and guidelines for a Youth Lounge program of
interest to youngsters. Check out “22 Things You Can Do With Amateur Radio” from the
ARRL which explains Amateur Radio in a manner to motivate and interest youth.

Prizes and Prize Drawings during the 2017 Hamfest. Hourly prizes begin at 09:00, major
prizes at 14:00. Each winner whose name is announced at the hourly and major prize
drawings will have to be either physically present at the drawing location or close enough
nearby to hear the announcement on the public address system, or listening and ready to
communicate on 146.58 FM simplex frequency in order to win. If present nearby via radio
(or within Public Address System hearing distance) when a prize is announced and you call
in if you win, you will then have a few extra minutes to appear in person at the actual drawing
location to claim your prize. Hourly prize drawings will begin at 9:00 am on each hour. The
Major Prizes for 2017 will be: 1st prize – Yaesu FT-891 HF transceiver; 2nd prize – Yaesu
FT-2DR C4FM Fusion Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver; 3rd prize – Yaesu FTM-100 C4FM
Fusion VHF/UHF handheld. It will also be possible again to purchase Extra Prize Chance
Tickets in advance of the prize drawings at the Hamfest which will increase your chances
of winning a major prize, but cannot be used for General Admission.

Hamfest Sponsor – Estate Sale Table – “For Sale” listing may be provided here in a PDF
file a few days before the 2017 Hamfest. Be sure to stop by the table at the Hamfest;
new items are always being added and last minute items at the table may not be listed.

Click HERE for a PDF file with several pages of pictures from recent OVH Manassas Hamfests

Click HERE for a listing of some of the places at or near the Manassas Hamfest to stay overnight.

The food vendor this year will be:  The Snack Shack .