Greater Houston Hamfest

March 18th and 19th 2016 is over!
Wow what an event it was, I hope you did not miss it.
Some photos and prize winners results and so on
will be put on the site as we get to it.

We are also beginning the planning for next year!
March 24 & 25, 2017

 

Countdown to 2017 Hamfest

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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 Representitives

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 !

Meet all your Friends at the Hamfest!

Future Dates

March 24 and 25 2017
March 23 and 24 2018
March 22 and 23 2019
March 27 and 28 2020
March 26 and 27 2021
March 25 and 26 2022
March 22 and 23 2023

Houston, 4th Largest City in USA

Greater Houston Hamfest

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2017 Hamfest Speakers

Craig Fugate-FEMA
Eric Swartz – Elecraft
Rick Ruhr – Ham Radio Deluxe
Tim Duffy – K3LR Superstation
Rick Roderick, K5UR – ARRL President
Joel Hallas – “The Doctor is in” QST Technical Editor
Bob Heil
Gordon West.
Martin Jue – MFJ
Michael Rapp, KT5MR Station Set up for rez areas
Bill Garfield wb9FOP – Fence mounted antenna
Steve Hicks – N5AC SDR

2016 Prizes and Info - 2017 info added as we get it confirmed

Kenwood  and BVARC have worked together this year to provide the Houston Hamfest a brand new Kenwood TS-590SG 50Mz and HF transceiver .

Again Kenwood USA and BVARC have worked a deal for an amazing raffle prize.
The Kenwood D710GA is a dual band remote head unit with Packet /APRS capabilities built right in

MFJ-269c
530KHz-230MHz plus 415-470MHz HF/VHF/UHF SWR Analyzer
Donated by River Oaks Car Stereo

Gift Certificate $250.00 Donated this year From Houston Amateur Radio Supply

First Prize

Awarded by Mike Hardwick (N5VCX) to
Eugene Hugo Reichle (goes by Gene)
N5EBK

Second Prize

Awarded by Mike Hardwick (N5VCX) to
Laverne Eugene Keller (goes by Gene)
N5ROE

Great meter donated by Comet

Raffle Prizes

These Raffle Prizes will be raffled off at 3PM on Saturday.. 
Buy as many tickets as you want.  $1 each
Plenty of tickets available for sale at the Hamfest Site.  
Last year we sold out of tickets!!

We also have amazing Door Prizes

We have some great door prizes, better then many hamfests grand prize.
Door prize tickets will accompany paid admission and door prizes will be awarded through out the day on Saturday.
If you pay for your admission tickets in advance on this website you will receive two door prize tickets! If you pay for your admission at the door you will only receive one.. buy your admission tickets now

Prize Donations from

ABR
Borden Radio
Comet Antenna
Electronics Parts Outlet
Expert Linears
Flex Radio
Ham Test Online
Hamsource
Houston Amateur Radio Supply
Jetstream
Kenwood
Main Trading Co
NCG
Palmetto
River Oaks Car Stereo
Sign Man
Travis Burgess
West Mountain Radio

CW Pileup Contest Prize

radiosport RS60CF deluxe “dream” edition Headset – $289.00

Donated by Arlan Communications

Winner of the CW Pileup Contest was Wes Spence, AC5K. He won the RS-60CF Dream Edition headset, donated by Arlan Communications in a tie breaker.
Wes and Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA were tied, copying 50 call signs each.  However Wes copied one more correct character and was declared the winner. 

Coming in a close second was Allen Brier, N5XZ with 49 call signs.  

Some of the 2016 Vendors

ABR
Alien Parts Co
Borden Radio
Daniel Tassell
EPO
Expert Linears
Flex Radio
Houston Amateur Radio
Jonathan Edwards
Jubilee
Lee Rhoden
Main Trading
Mike Palmer
Palmetto Antennas
River Oaks Car Stereo
Sam Adam
The SIgn Man

Participating Clubs

10-10 International
AMSAT
ARES
Battle ship Texas
Balloon Launch Team
Boy Scouts of America
Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club
Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club
ECHO
Johnson Space Center ARC
Katy Amateur Radio Society
Matagorda County ARC
NARS
Satern
Texas Army Mars
Texas QSO Party
Texas VHF Society

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 name of Company name on our advertising, T-shirts and website as a supporter of Amateur Radio.

Volunteers

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!

 

Greater Houston Hamfest

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:  29.5208159 – 95.811715  GRID SQUARE: EL29cm

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Knights Inn  (281) 342-6671
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Travelers Inn & Suites  (281) 342-7721
Woodland Inn & Suites  (281) 342-4900
La Quinta Inn & Suites  (832) 595-6111
Americas Best Value Inn  (832) 595-6900
Regency Inn & Suites  (281) 342-6000

Meet all your Friends at the Hamfest!

Greater Houston Hamfest Facebook Posts

Bob Hawkins shared his post to the group: Greater Houston Hamfest.

Hope to hear you on the air or see you at Camp Hope!
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The young ham guns from Texas A&M and the UT will join us at Camp Hiope this year on October 15th to contest each other for the most contacts for K0D (knock out depression) Come join us to operate the...

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I heard on the BVARC net Monday night that a couple of folks didnt see River Oaks Car Stereo at the Hamfest... We were there!!! It was the last night of the Rodeo so Dwayne was wearing a cowboy hat... Jeeze we do not bring the orange shirts and pretty girls and folks do not even know we exist.. ha ha ... See MoreSee Less

If anybody has any cb radio equipment they did not sell at the show I might be willing to do a trade.  ... See MoreSee Less

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Scott MedburyI have an old CB that did not sell. Only want $10 for it

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Bob Hawkins@Brian. Main Trading Company has some cb gear.

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Brian DoughertyScott which cb radio do you have and Bob never heard of they who is that??

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Bob HawkinsBrian, see www.mtcradio.com

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Bob HawkinsDon't do cb and won't do cb. If you want a cb, Main Trading can help you. Why not consider becomiong a ham operator! See www.arrl.org for info.

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Big time "thank you's" to all those who made hamfest 2016 possible. Many people donated some time, but there are a few people who donated an enormous amount fo time. It is the same people who contribute their time year after year that have caused Greater Houtson Hamfest to grow. While I want to mention them by name, I believe they are the kind of folks who would shun the attention. They are faithfully committed in order to gain attention, but they just love the hobby and are passionately committed to its growth. So, to that group of a dozen or so folks who have committed so much for the rest of us to enjoy the fruit of their efforts, a great big THANK YOU as I raise my cup and toast you all with a "JOB WELL DONE"

Bob Hawkins
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Skip WoodGreat event. Toyradio C.B.Shop

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Ronald JohnsonGreat event, was able to sell my engineering memory, as preparing to move to a beach condo in Florida

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Table Sales

If you are a commercial vendor and want your logo and a link to your website listed please contact Eddie Runner(NU5K) web@bvarc.org

Greater Houston Hamfest

March 18th and 19th 2016 is over
Lets get ready for next year!
Copyright 2016 Houston Hamfest

Previous Year event photos:
2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015
Growing Bigger Every Year!
2015 had more then 1000 attendees !!
2016 will be an even bigger two day event!!!