Greater Houston Hamfest

16th year
Friday March 24, 2017: (FREE-FRIDAY) Workshops & Kit Building 1 PM to 8 PM
Saturday March 25, 2017: Sessions, Sales, Testing, & Raffles 8 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday March 25, 2017: Tailgate starts at 6 AM

Countdown to 2017 Hamfest








Huge 2 Day Event - 1000's in Attendance

Huge Raffle and lots of Door Prizes

$1000s in Prizes

Ham Radio Dealers

Manufacturers Presentations

Fun for the Whole Family

Lots of Vendors

Plenty of Dealers

Lots Of Fun

Plenty of Vendors

Great Prizes

Great Expert Presentations

Manufacturers Representatives

Ham Radio Classroom and License Testing

Some Great Used Gear

Live HF Station

Gigantic Outdoor Flea Market

Bargains Galore

Fun for the Whole Family

Satellite Communications Demo

Manufacturers Showing New Products

Fun, Fun, Fun !

Web Table & Advanced Ticket sales stop at 5 PM Wednedsay, 3/22/2017.

Web Table & Advanced Ticket sales stop at 5 PM Wednedsay, 3/22/2017.

Some Indoor Tables still available!

Meet all your Friends at the Hamfest!

Houston, 4th Largest City in USA

Talk-In 146.94 Tone 167.9 Starting 6AM

Come to the Hamfest

• Last years attendance over 1350!
• Two Days of Activities!
• Friday: Sessions 3 PM – 8 PM
• Friday: Vendor set-up 1 PM – 8 PM
• Saturday: Exhibits 8 AM – 3:30 PM
• Saturday: Sales 8 AM – 3:30 PM
• Pile-Up Contest
• Kit building Session
• Will program your newly purchased HT
• Remote HF Station Operation
• Door Prizes Galore

More to do !

• DXCC (Card Checking) beside ARRL tables
• You go to a hamfest to have a good time.
• Listen to nationally known speakers talk; about the latest trend in amateur radio.
• Learn new building techniques.
• Participate in a balloon launch; then track; it on APRS.
• Build a kit in one of the Free-Friday sessions and take it home.

And even More to do!

• Try Your hand in the Pile-Up Contest; SSB or CW.
• Visit the Commercial Exhibitors and the; Flea Market.
• Take home that new rig.
• Get a new Amateur Radio License. Get your first Technician; License or upgrade to General or Extra; Class.
• Just enjoy the day with friends. These are all; excellent ways to have a good time.

Greater Houston Hamfest

Meet all your Friends at the Hamfest!

Talk-In 146.94 Tone 167.9 Starting 6AM

Become a sponsor! Yes the Hamfest needs your support. Promote youth in technology. Ham radio has ties to everything; from Scouting to the Space Program. Get your Company name on our website as a supporter of Amateur Radio.

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 1000's of high tech attendees...

Our two day show, 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!


Food ! Food ! Food !

Great food again this year with the folks from the Burger Joint.

• Saturday: Look for their big red food truck.
• Friday: Coffee, drinks, and snacks will be available too.

Directions 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).

GPS: 29.5198N 95.8099W

Prizes Prizes Prizes
HUGE Raffle Prizes and too many door prizes to list here
Raffle Tickets will be available at the hamfest.



Elecraft K3s

Raffle Grand Prize Elecraft K3s

The Elecraft K3S will be the 100 watt factory assembled model, “new in the box” with an Elecraft MH2 model hand microphone. No other accessories are included.

The K3S is Elecraft is a second-generation, software-defined superhet transceiver (SDR),
delivers the best of both worlds: a hybrid of software-defined radio (SDR) technology and Elecraft ’s proven, high-dynamic range superhet receive architecture.

Standard features include:
• Ultra-low-noise synthesizer with unequaled strong-signal receive performance and exceptional transmit signal purity.
• A second low noise pre-amp for weak signals on 10,12, and 6 meters
• Multiple Attenuation levels 0, 5, 10, 15 db per band
• Dual computer ports (USB and RS232). The new USB port integrates CAT control and line level audio, eliminating the need for an external sound card.
• Two SO-239 Antenna Jacks; Receive antenna in/out jacks, transverter and buffered IF output for use with Elecraft P3
• Easy-to-use Shift/Width/HiCut/LoCut w/ DSP passband display
• Automatic and manual notch filtering; adjustable noise reduction
• 8-band graphic equalizer with separate CW/voice settings
• Hardware and DSP noise blankers with individual level controls
• Center tuning indicator for CW and data modes
• Rugged, SWR-protected finals; dedicated PA circuit breaker
• DSP I.F. speech processor with noise gate for maximum DX punch
• Fast, silent, PIN-diode T-R switching – no relays
• 8-band equalizer tailors’ mic audio to your voice and microphone

Icom ic-7300

Raffle Second Prize Icom IC-7300

New technology is changing the way receivers are being designed and the IC-7300 is an industry first as an RF, Direct Sampling System is being used in an entry level HF radio. The ability to digitize RF before various receiver stages reduces the inherent noise that is generated in the different IF stages of a radio. We feel the performance of the ‘7300 will far exceed your expectations.

Rig Expert

Raffle Third Prize Rig Expert Antenna Analyzer

RigExpert Antenna Analyzer AA-54 (0.1 to 54Mhz): RigExpert Antenna Analyzers are powerful antenna analyzers designed for testing, checking, tuning, or repairing antennas and antenna feed-lines. Their large, bright LCD screens provide graphic illustration of SWR, impedance; return loss, and much more.

Powered by only two AA batteries, the AA-54 can determine the VSWR and optimum frequency on as many as 5 bands at once. Equipped with a USB connector, the AA-54 allows use of additional software from the included CD or from the website.
What you can do with the AA-54
• Rapid check-out of an antenna
• Tuning an antenna to resonance
• Antenna SWR and impedance measurement and comparison before and after a specific event (rain, hurricane, winter, etc.)
• Making coaxial lines or measuring their parameters
• Cable testing and fault location
• Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

Greater Houston Hamfest Facebook Posts

Online Table sales from the hamfest website will cease later today. If you want to reserve a table you better get over to the website and get one or two right away... There will probably be some tables available at the hamfest on Friday or Saturday .. But to be sure get them NOW!! ... See MoreSee Less

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David FourneratGreater Houston Hamfest Friday March 24, 2017: Workshops & Kit Building 3 PM to 8 PM Saturday March 25, 2017: Sessions, Sales, Tailgate, & Raffles 8 AM to 3:30 PM

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Pat Cameronwhat you doing up so late?

1 month ago

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Bob HawkinsYou have got to see Marc's new cable cutter/stripper. It is an amazingly fast machine.

1 month ago

Pat CameronCool deal I can't wait to see it I guess at the hamfest

1 month ago

Bob HawkinsDon't think he is going to bring this machine to Hamfest!

2 weeks ago

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Construction and kits available for the Friday Build-A-Thon

Attending the Free-Friday Build-A-Thon is, well … FREE! However, you will build a kit that is yours to take home and enjoy. So, … that kit you must purchase below.

There are two different projects. There is a CW transmitter that you build from parts, shown below. It is a true kit. There is also a digital radio hot-spot that is an assembly, configuration activity. The board sets are also shown below but we have devoted an entire web page to explaining the project, just click the button below.

Because there has been such strong demand, the original March 3rd cut-off date has been extended to March 15th. We still recommend that you purchase your hardware as early as possible to insure that you have it in hand at the session you attend.

Tuna Tin 2 40th Anniversary Issue by QRPme
The original cover article for the Tuna Tin 2 was published in the May 1976 issue of QST. Over the years this quintessential QRP transmitter has been built by thousands of amateurs. QRPme kits several versions of the TT2 and offers up one more.
In 2011, QRpme introduced the 35th Anniversary version then followed by another version with a built in RF Probe. This latest 40th anniversary issue is an upgrade to both earlier versions and brings it totally up to date. The major changes to these earlier designs are larger pads, traces and clearances deletion of an earlier on board RF Probe. For overall clarity, the parts are laid out on the board in the exact same way the schematic is drawn. The toroids and transformer have been replaced to both reduce the complexity and time of the build. ALL the connectors are mounted directly to the board so there is no external wiring to mess around with. The pads, traces and spaces are BIG to help reduce soldering problems for beginners. All the components are supplied with the kit so all you need are tools, soldering iron and solder. Of course, you will need to come up with a can to mount your finished kit on… You could have a tuna fish sandwich for a snack while you build the kit. I prefer a small can of Dole’s pineapple chunks. Look for a tuna fish or pineapple can with a pull top lid! After you pull the tab, a small lip remains on the outside rim of the can. The TT2 board sits on this lip and is held onto the can by a bolt through the board and bottom of the can. You will have to drill a hole in the bottom of your can to mount the board….
The 40th anniversary Tuna Tin 2 transmitter kit is THE perfect kit for club builds and Buildathons due to its easy construction and HIGH degree of probability of having a working kit at the end of the build….even for 1st time builders.

The Free-Friday Build-A-Thon also presents for your creation, a Digital Radio Hot-Spot. Two of the principal pieces are shown below.

Table Sales

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Future Dates

March 23 and 24 2018
March 22 and 23 2019

Greater Houston Hamfest

March 24th and 25th 2017

Copyright 2017 Houston Hamfest

Previous Year event photos:
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 2016
Growing Bigger Every Year!
2017 will be an even bigger two day event!!!

Thanks to our Superior Sponsors.