Hamvention 2024 Information


Ballarat Amateur Radio Group Hamvention 2024

Due to overwhelming demand all trader tables for the BARG Hamvention 2024 have been allocated.

If you haven’t already booked, you’ve missed out.

If you have booked you should have received a confirming email with some extra information. If you haven’t please send an email through to


Bargain hunters, it’s going to be an absolutely  ripper of a day, make sure you come along.

When: Sunday the 4th of Feb 2024. Put it in your diary NOW!
Where:   The Ballarat Polo-Crosse Club Pavilion, Ballarat Airport. Access off Airport Rd (This link will open in Google maps.) ( 207 Airport Rd, Mitchell Park VIC 3355 )

Traders: $20  per table  booked which  includes one entry; Traders enter from 8AM.

General entry is $7 per person; general entry to the selling floor is from 10AM.

Booking link is towards the end of this page; Please read all the information before booking; Thank You!




  1. All available wall space tables have been allocated. There are no wall spaces left. Please do not ask as refusal may offend.
  2. Table bookings: will close at 1600 ( 4PM) Friday 2nd of February 2024 to allow finalising  table arrangements, but may close earlier if fully subscribed.
  3. Co-location requests: The cutoff date for  is

    1500 (3PM), Saturday 27th of January 2024.

  4. All bookings are date/time stamped.


  1. If you require access to power, PLEASE bring your own extension extension cable(s) to guarantee that access.


  • General Entry is $7.00 per person
  • Entry includes 1 ticket for the door prize, $3 extra gets you an extra 4 tickets for the door prize!
  • Traders hiring a 1.8m space or table, inside or outside is $20.  Same cost  whether you provide your own table or hire one. This  includes one entry per table.
  • The usual and popular pre-loved equipment displays and sales. (You never know what you may find!!)
  • Some food and drinks will be available.
  • We hope to see you at the 2024 BARG Hamvention.

NOTE: EFTPOS facilities will  *NOT* be available for entry. Cash only and correct money will be appreciated.

Co-Location of Traders

If you are part of a group of  traders, and you want to be co-located, then this will only be possible if the bookings are made *AT THE SAME TIME*.

So get yourself organised and make all your individual bookings at the same time. Indicate your co-location request in the “other Comments” field of the online form. Bookings will be confirmed on a first come, first served chronological basis. Bookings made on separate days, or over the space of a number of hours risk not being able to be co-located. Help us to help you.

The table allocator is already working hard to accommodate everyone, but “time separated ” location request bookings makes this difficult.

SO: if you are an intended trader AND specifically  want to be physically located near another trader then you ALL need to make a separate booking within a couple of hours of each other.

Recall, the cutoff date for these types of bookings is  1500, January the 27th 2024


Hamventions, Hamfests, or Swap meets are much anticipated events for amateur radio operators. We all aim for a fair go.  The Ballarat Amateur Radio Group has a policy that aims to enhance the safety, joy and happiness to all involved. We believe all participants, buyers, browsers, and sellers  alike  are entitled to fair and equitable treatment.  To this end we do not support  any practices which disadvantage event buyers or sellers.

Unfair activities such as the practice of “pre-trading” including “prior verbal agreements and arrangements” made before the official opening time to the trading floor, is actively discouraged. We hope that all participants will support organisers being actively on the lookout for inappropriate activities.

Attending the BARG Hamvention in any capacity signifies your agreement to not participate in”pre-trading” or activities that disadvantage one person over another.

Contact Hamvention Coordinator if you need more information or have a query.

Now is the time to make your booking……………

Bookings are closed:

Table bookings: Traders,  reserve your table directly via this form (click)

Here’s what you missed if you didn’t get to Hamvention 2023, our biggest event yet!