Huge 2 Day Event! 1000s in Attendance
Manufacturers Showing New Products
Gigantic Outdoor Electronics Fleamarket
$1000's in Great Prizes
Fun Activities for the Whole Family
Plenty of Great Used Gear Available
Plenty of Retailers
Ham Classes and Testing
Satellite Communications Demonstrations
Fun for All
Great Vendors for Your New Equipment
Plenty of Vendors
Fun for the Whole Family
Plenty of Vendors
Plenty of Vendors
Some Expert Speakers and Presentations
We have filed for and approved by the ARRL to be the South Texas convention this year. Before you all ask, yes the Texas State Convention status has moved to Austin. We have been assured that this is a normal rotation for the Texas Convention and it will return to BVARC in a year or two.
Countdown to Hamfest
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
4310 Texas 36 Rosenberg, Texas 77471
Approx. 33 mi SW of downtown Houston. From Houston, take US 59 south to Rosenberg (approximately 17 miles past Beltway 8) to Hwy 36. Go South approx. 1 mi to Fairgrounds (on your right).
29.5208159 – 95.811715
If you have not recently visited the website please stop by and check out new and improved version Eddie Runner has been working on! This page is the public face of the GHH and is perhaps the single most important ingredient to enhance attendance. The new site is in a format that is adaptable to our needs in the future and allow for other BVARC webmasters to follow in Eddies footsteps someday. There are still a few bugs to work out and modifications to be made. Please send any feedback to Eddie and/or me. Additional benefits of the new website include the pre-event vendor sales and the other direct marketing strategies. Thanks to Eddie for all your hard work. The site is looking great!
New Hamfest Exhibitors
The GHH has welcomed Joe Taylor and now Riley Hollingsworth as keynote speakers, this has attracted some much needed attention from some people we have been after for many years. As it stands today we have a verbal commitment form ICOM for the 2016 GHH. This has come after much negotiation and coordination. We are looking forward to welcoming ICOM and I’m sure we all would like to see some of their newer products. Our discussions with ICOM have also produced an un-expected contact, The Radio Club of America describes its self as the oldest, most prestigious assembly of radio communications professionals in the world. Its members are dedicated to the wireless art and science for the betterment of public safety, broadcasting, cellular and the uniting of people through innovation and technical advancement. RCA is based out of Kinnelon, NJ and been around since at least 1907. The current vice president of the RCA Board of directors, Carroll Hollingsworth while not related to Riley Hollingsworth is a close friend and RCA has also tentatively agreed to join us in Rosenberg. I will look forward to a great partnership!
Michael Wrenn has been busy lining up the commercial vendors with the new building and giving them the personal touch with regards to the location each vendor occupies and any special arraignments they require. Before anyone asks as of this writing Ham Radio Outlet is still “thinking about it” but I hope they will accept our offer to join us for 2016.
The general table sales will be available soon. The format for this year has changed some. General table sales will be reserved on payment and assigned their space upon arrival. This is in response to the many vendors that were not able to attend last year’s GHH leaving many holes in the otherwise sold out floor plan. This assignment strategy is successfully used at many other tradeshows and conventions locally and nationally and I am sure the hamfest goers will adjust. Additional policy’s regarding admission with a table have been made. All prices for a vendor table will include a special breakdown of table costs, power, and admissions, each block of tables will require the buyer to include admission costs to avoid the person who purchased a table or two to arrive at our door and be faced with the unexpected cost to “get in”. We hope this arraignment will prevent future misunderstandings.
Door and Raffle Prizes
The differences between 2015 GHH Door prize vs table sales will be made clearer in 2016. Here it is in plain English, the DOOR PRIZES are awarded on Saturday only, on a schedule, and available to any person who passes thru the gate at GHH. You must be in attendance at each drawing to claim your prize. Only a single ticket is given to each visitor. This gives an equal chance to all attendees at the GHH to win a prize. You cannot purchases additional door prize tickers. The RAFFLE PRIZES are sold 1 ticket for 1 dollar and you can by as many as you like. As the Texas law has been explained to me, the following rules must be enforced: The ticket must contain some printed information about the raffle and the price of each ticket. The tickets cannot be sold statewide, meaning the raffle tickets cannot be sold through the web site and therefore must be sold at the GHH. The price of a ticket is 1 dollar and cannot be given away or sold for less than the advertised price. All the winners of the Raffle must be published (website) and need not be present to win. (Language we have all heard before) More information about this will be made available through the new and improved website as soon as it is approved.
The Greater Houston Hamfest as nearly always has more qualified speakers than places for them to speak. I will be reaching out to Allen, N5XZ to help sort out the speakers soon. If you know of anyone who is interested in presenting a new or exciting topic please contact Allen or myself. We are hoping to capitalize on our growing success by deepening our pool of speakers to help the GHH stand out amongst the other hamfests and become a true convention known as a place to hear about what our great hobby offers.
The GHH has always been a volunteer run organization. BVARC depends on the success of the GHH for its financial well-being. As such it is clear the need for able body volunteers is key to the job that is GHH. It has been made clear to me that there is a need for a person to help coordinate volunteers. Therefore, I am searching for someone who is willing to take on recruiting and placing the volunteer staff. To encourage participation and enhance the GHH experience we are working on a plan to have shirts for volunteers and offer free admission to the volunteer staff. This process will be aided by the website and changes in the free admission policy.
Get Involved Now - Join us!
We need your participation!
If you are part of a Radio club, a radio or electronics related special interest group (Dx, QRP, Dstar, Repeaters, Moonbounce or..??), a computer group, Astronomy, or other high tech group..
The Greater Houston Hamfest wants your participation and presents your group with a great opportunity to show you stuff to over 1000 high tech attendees…
The show is two days this year, Friday and Saturday, this is a perfect time for a public presentation about your very special interests or your club meeting, your annual banquet (you name it)..
Expose your expertise to 100s (or 1000’s) on this wonderful weekend!
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As the FCCs former top cop, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, has been in demand as a speaker at conventions nationwide since his retirement in 2008. In 2013 he received the prestigious Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America, For significant contributions and outstanding achievements in wireless communications.