Get Your GLH-2015 Tickets!

     This year if you order your tickets in advance or buy them from a GLHA Staff Member, with each $7 Admission Ticket you will receive a FREE Extra Prize Ticket - a $1 Value. That gives you twice the chance to win a Door Prize and Major Prize! Leran more under Ticket Information!

     Tables are also ready to reserve. The price per table this year is $12 and all will have electricity available. More information and forms are here online under Space Information.

     So join us for the fun. We have some great fun for GLH-2015 on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Mark your calendar NOW to be with us!

Indoor Ham-Mania!

     Inside the "Ham-Mania" Flea Market area the ARRL will have representatives on hand to answer questions and provide materials. If you're not an ARRL Member this is a great time to join. Check out their forum at 9am to learn more about their commitment to Amateur Radio.

     Need QSL Card checking? DXCC Card Checker Jim Vaughan K4TXJ will at the ARRL Booth to check your QSL Cards.

     If you aren't taking advantage of what the local ham clubs have to offer you're missing out. The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (ARTS), Bullitt Amateur Radio Society (BARS), Clark County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) and the Kentucky DX Association (KYDXA) all have tables with items to sell and information about their clubs. Clubs are fun and a chance to be with and learn from other amateurs. Check them out!

     And, of course, we have our fantastic vendors. It's still too early to know everyone who will be here, but T.A.W. Enterprises will be and he has relocated to the back right of the auditorium with Alinco Radios, MFJ products, antennas, cables and more. Click on the Hamfest Merchants link in the menu for the latest information.

Big KYDXA Forum

     This year the Kentucky DX Association has a great forum lined up. Dave Trainor N8ZFM, the sysop of the KY4XX-3 node, will introduce you to DXing and Louisville's newest DX Spotting Network. Learn how to get into DXing and ways to enhance your experience. The 10am Forum is about the DX Spotting Networks and at 11am they will have an Open Forum for questions and answers.

     KYDXA, an ARRL affiliated club, meets at 7pm the first Monday of the month at various locations. For more about the club, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/kydxa.

See Solar Spots

     DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN, but with Mark Steven Williams, K9GX, aka "The StarGeezer", through a giant high powered telescope with a special filter attachment you can safely view sunspots. Enjoy spectacular views of our nearest star, the Sun, through a specially filtered telescope set up in the tailgating parking lot near the main entrance for viewings at 9:00am and 12:30pm.

     You can also register at the StarGeezer Astronomy booth for astronomy prizes including "Eclipse Shades" safe solar viewers, tickets to the Rauch planetarium and laminated Stargazing guides from BarCharts.com. You must be present to win. The drawing will be inside at 1:30pm before the Major Prize drawings.

A Trailer, Drone and Dogs

     Outside the Jefferson County Search Dog Association will have their communications trailer with equipment to contact just about anyone except the Air Force. It's for communications during emergencies and the team is deployment ready for 72 hour self-sustained duty! Throughout the day they will have demonstrations of their search drones.

     Also outdoors there will be Search & Resucue Dogs (SAR Dogs) demonstrating their skills. Indoors JCSDA will have a booth where you can meet the handlers and the dogs upclose. All the dogs are freiendly and enjoy meeting people - especially kids! They will have Activity Books for the young ones... and for those who want to learn more about SAR Dogs and what they do.

We're on Facebook!

     Visit us on Facebook! Connect with us and give us your ideas, comments and join in on the conversations. Share your hamfest pictures or ask us questions. We're here to listen and interact with you. (A Facebook account is required.)

Ham Licensing Here

     The day of the Greater Louisville Hamfest is a great time to upgrade your license or take your exam to begin the adventure of ham radio. Of course, you need to have studied for the exam first, but if you're ready, you can take the test between 9am and noon. Signups begin at 8am. After you've successfully passed the test, your new license or upgrade will be ready on Monday! To take the exam you need $10 cash (exact change) and a valid ID. Your Original and One Copy of Your Ham License is also needed if you are upgrading your current license. Good luck!

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Food & Drinks!

     Getting hungry at the show is never a problem. The Paroquet Springs Conference Centre Concession Stand will be open until the food runs out. Coffee, soft drinks and snacks are sold all day. There will be breakfast treats in the early morning and lunch items after 10:30 or so. The food is great and there are lots of places to sit, eat and enjoy.