HamQuest 2023 July Update

HamQuest 2023 is only 21 days away!  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year and having everyone in the same area with no more having to go from building to building and missing any of the great items that will be available again this year.    

Tables & Tailgating

Booth reservations are now being taken for the remaining tables in the exhibit hall area.  As of this writing, we only have 19 booths left (two 8’x10’ outer wall booths and 17 8’x8’ booths in the middle of the exhibit hall floor.)  All booths along the outer wall have electricity available as do many of the booths in the middle of the exhibit hall.  We do not supply extension cords or power strips so you will need to bring your own if you need power.

Tailgating will be on the back row of the parking lot behind the Made in Tennessee Building and along the paved drive alongside the building.  We will have someone outside to guide you to the proper parking area when you arrive.  We will be able to accommodate up to approximately 60-80 total vehicles (tailgating and indoor vendors) in the back parking area.  Tailgate spaces will remain $10.00 each and include one General Admission/Door Prize ticket as well.

Commercial Vendors

We will have five commercial vendors at HamQuest 2023 offering a wide variety of new ham radio equipment, accessories, and novelties.  The commercial vendors planning to be at HamQuest 2023 are:

  • TN07 Engineering (TN07.com) – Eagleville, TN
  • Chatt Radio (chattradio.com) – Chattanooga, TN
  • Silver Needle Embroidery – Harrisburg, IL
  • William Perry Company – Louisville, KY

Be sure to visit our commercial vendors and pick up that new radio, antenna, hat, or those little “odds and ends” you need to make that repair, finish a project, or just sport your call sign on a nice new hat.


The main parking area for HamQuest 2023 will be in the grass just outside the white fence that runs next to the Made in Tennessee Building.  You will park in the grass, much like when attending the Wilson Co./Tn State Fair.  There will be a walk-through opening in the fence where you will come in at the front entrance to the building.  The entrance will be the main fairgrounds entrance on Sparta Pike just as in years past.

Parking for those who have tables inside as well as tailgaters will be in the parking lot directly behind alongside the Made in TN Building.

There will be a limited number of handicapped parking spaces for those in need of them and having a state issued Handicapped hangtag, license plate, or license plate decal.

Once you have entered the main gate, you will need to  turn right at the stop sign in front of the Expo Center.  Turn left just past the side parking area for the Expo Center and you will see the Made in TN Building just inside the white gate.  General parking will be in the grass outside the white fence on the hill on your right.


Talk-in will once again be on the WC4AR repeater (147.105, + offset, TSQL 156.7).  The talk-in operator will make announcements periodically regarding any changes to the which entrance to use when arriving at the Ag Center, provide directions to arriving guests, or to provide any other needed information to our visitors.

About @MidTnHamQuest

The Greater Nashville & Middle TN HamQuest was first held on July 30, 2016 and remains dedicated to combining traditional Hamfest elements with less traditional offerings that will help to unite the Ham community. The Quest is sponsored by the Wilson Amateur Radio Club, Inc. We believe that the HamQuest is filling a void in Middle Tennessee and it’s surrounding areas. The HamQuest is held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, TN, home to the Wilson County and Tennessee State Fair. Lebanon is just a short drive from Nashville with the feel of rural Tennessee. We have excellent access to I-40 and are convenient to a large geographical area. There are many different camping sites and hotels within a short drive from the HamQuest. The HamQuest provides a wonderful venue, low admission cost, hourly door prizes and a great balance of new and used offerings sure to make it worth your while to join us.
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