About QuartzFest

Gordon West, WB6NOA, takes the microphone to lead a discussion on innovative Amateur Radio equipment

QuartzFest is a week-long ham radio, camping, learning and living event.

QuartzFest 2020, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is an ARRL Specialty Convention being held January 19 to 25, 2020 near Quartzsite, Arizona in the United States. No other hamfest in the world brings together in one gathering so much innovation in mobile antenna systems, mobile ham shacks, recreational vehicles, portable and mobile EMCOMM systems, off-the-grid living, alternative energy and radio education.

Quartzfest attendees gather at the campfire for the 1600 social hour and more presentations

A Very Unique Ham Radio Gathering

QuartzFest is special in part because it comes to life each year, rising from nothing in a remote area of the Sonoran desert in the southwestern USA. Hundreds of Hams and their families and friends choose to unplug from their daily lives, travel to and setup this desert community, and immerse themselves in this week-long one-of-a-kind ham radio, camping, learning and living event.


The educational classes at QuartzFest offer something for everyone including those new to ham radio or even the most seasoned veteran.

Kevin, NB7O, moderates a discussion on using the Winlink Messaging Network

They give participants the chance to put hands-on the latest technology, learn ham radio for the first time, study advanced radio theory and to even take a glimpse into the future of radio science. The learning also continues well-beyond the technical lectures all the way from morning coffee... through social events, music, arts and crafts classes during the day... and into the evening while sitting around the campfire or while star-gazing.


We hope you will decide to join us in 2020 which promises to be one of the most exciting editions of this very unique and special ham radio gathering.


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Your Quartzfest Committee