MARA Activities


Annual Christmas Hamfest

This very popular event is held in December and draws participants, including dealers, from surrounding states and has gotten bigger each year. There is plenty to see and do for everyone, including testing sessions, great food, door prizes, and main prizes that any ham would love to win. This event provides a "hamfest fix" in a period of the year during which few hamfests are held.

Christmas Hamfest 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

(See a few photos of the Christmas Hamfest.)

Our Annual Christmas Hamfest is held at the Minden, LA, City Hall located on 520 Broadway St, Minden, LA.



  • 8:00am doors open
  • Prize drawing held approximately 2:00pm
  • Door prizes being drawn periodically during the day

Talk-In: 147.300 PL186.2 (NLA Link System)

Swap tables will be available for $10 per table for those who wish to sell merchandise.
(To reserve swap tables, contact Fran on our "Contact Us" page.)

Entrance tickets are $5 each (includes 1 prize ticket), available at door at the hamfest.
Prize tickets for the drawings are available at door or from club members and are priced: $1 each, 6-$5, 15-$10, 35-$20, 50-$25, 100-$50.

Tickets may be obtained from any member or contact Fran, KD5LKB, or Jerry, W5JLH (email addresses at 'Contact Us' on main menu strip, top of page).

Credit cards may be processed this year for payment of entry and prize tickets.

VE Testing - Registration 8:30am-10:30am

Prizes: (to be posted)

Great door prizes drawn throughout the day!

Participating Vendors:
Those vendors who have agreed to participate this year in the hamfest include:

Main Trading Company
Furnishing our prize radios

Palmetto Antennas, LLC

The SignMan of Baton Rouge

Grapevine Amateur Radio

Field Day Activities

Field Day activities for the club are held in conjunction with the ARRL's annual Field Day in June of each year. This national event tests the skills in setting up temporary communication equipment for possible use in emergencies, and contacts are made to as many other stations as possible during the two days. It provides family fun and operating experiences for all who wish to participate.

Field Day 2016 - June 25-26

We usually gather around 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Friday to put up the antennas, operating tents, and general setup of the area. Some of us camp out on the site and make contacts with other stations to test our equipment. As always, a lot of fun during the Friday setup and evening.

Each year we have operated a 2A setup, which means two HF rigs. We have one SSB, one CW, a GOTA (Get On The Air) tent for inactive hams, young people, or those merely interested in amateur radio, and a 6-meter operation. (The latter two do not count in the 2A classification.)

Check with members for definite plans, which will be posted here closer to the field day time.

See a few photos of our Field Day.

Directions: Take the Minden/Sibley exit (Exit 47) off I-20 and proceed north until middle of town and then take Pine St north. This becomes Dorcheat Rd and will pass by the airport. Take a R at Caney Lake Rd (PAR 111) and proceed east. Turn R at Caney Lake Park Rd (there will be signs there to the Caney Lake Recreation Area). At the end of this road (T intersection), take a L and the entrance to the area will be on the R.