Greater Houston Hamfest

ARRL STX Convention
March 18th and 19th 2016

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
Don't miss the fun, 2 fantastic  days of ham radio. Please join us!

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!!!

Friday Mar 18 Activities

Hours: 12PM till 5PM
Kit Building
Antenna Building
More activities to be announced
Commercial Vendor Setup 3pm-7pm

Saturday Mar 19 Activities

Hours: 8AM till 3PM
Commercial Vendors
Indoor Flea Market
Giant Tail Gate Sale
Equipment Test Table

More Saturday Activities

Door Prizes
Raffle Drawing
CW Pileup Contest
Live HF Station
Balloon Launches

More Saturday Activities

Actual Satellite QSO’s
License Testing

Countdown to Hamfest








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

Bargains Galore

Fun for All

Great Vendors for Your New Equipment

Plenty of Vendors

Amazing Presentations

Fun for the Whole Family

Door Prizes

Plenty of Vendors

Plenty of Vendors

Manufacturers Demonstrations

Some Expert Speakers and Presentations

Manufacturers Representitives

Featured Speaker

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.

Raffle Prizes

We will be announcing our BIG raffle prizes here soon. Tickets $1 each at the door.

Houston 4th Largest City in the USA

Greater Houston Hamfest

Keynote Speaker

Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA was licensed in October 1961 as WN9AVT, and upgraded to General (WA9AVT) in May 1962. He selected K9LA in 1977. Car’ls interests include propagation (he has written many articles and has given many presentations about propagation and solar topics), contesting (he was NCJ Editor from 2002-2007), DXing (he’s at the Top of the Honor Roll and has operated, along with his wife Vicky, at YK9A, OJ0 and ZF), antennas (especially low-band receiving antennas) and vintage gear (he regularly uses his Ranger II and HQ-170A).
Carl graduated from Purdue University with a BSEE (1969) and MSEE (1972). He retired in October 2013 after 14 years at Motorola and 25 years at Raytheon (formerly Magnavox). He was an RF design engineer, mostly designing RF power amplifiers for commercial and military use.
Carl’s wife is Vicky AE9YL, and she uses her Special Education degree to work with learning disabled students at a local Catholic school in Fort Wayne.

Some of the 2016 Vendors

B&B Embroidery
Borden Radio
Daniel Tassell
Expert Linears
Flex Radio
Gary McGregor
Houston Amateur Radio
Jonathan Edwards
Lee Rhoden
Main Trading
Mike Palmer
Palmetto Antennas
Sam Adam
The SIgn Man

Table Sales

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


Some of the Club Tables

Katy Amateur Radio Society
Texas Army Mars
Battle ship Texas
Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club

Prize Donations From

Borden Radio
Comet Antenna
Expert Linears
Flex Radio
Ham Test Online
Houston Amateur Radio Supply
Electronics Parts Outlet
Main Trading Co
River Oaks Car Stereo
Sign Man


Advanced Admission $8 each includes TWO door prize tickets.
$10 at the door and only one ticket.

Buy Admission Tickets Now

Hamfest Tables Now Available
Last year was a sell out.. Act Fast!

Buy Tables Now

Greater Houston 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).

GPS:  29.5208159 – 95.811715  GRID SQUARE: EL29cm


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Howdy All,

The powers that be have allowed me the honor of putting up one of my APWD antennas up for our club’s Special Event station. APWD: A–Periodic Wideband Dipole. I’ve started building one with the newest design.

Safety is of prime importance when putting up antennas and the plan is to put the antenna up before folks start setting up for the hamfest.

For those of you who are familiar with the fairgrounds, there exist 2 lamp poles neatly bisecting the area between the big building and the smaller building where speakers are imprisoned <grin>. The plan is to use squidding line, a wrist rocket and a 1 1/2 ounce teardrop sinker to get a line over the poles. For those who have been to my QTH, you saw the line over a 65’ pine tree.

The 600-ohm feeder will be brought down to the balun box and then coax into the building to our station.

I think a crew of me and 3 other helpful people would suffice. This would provide 2 people to watch for safety while things are underway to keep people, vehicles and any low-flying aircraft out of the works.

And yes, we will have safety tape around the balun post to keep the curious from touching the binding posts on the balun when the station is transmitting. (I just know somebody was going to ask).

There will be a non-powered balun on my table for people to look and touch.

Show of hands?



Bill Crowell, N4HPG
Pearland, TX
Text messaging one-handed since 1982
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Hamfest Admission tickets and Hamfest Flea market tables are now available on the website.. Sorry for the delay bringing this to you. Better get your tables quick before we sell out... ... See MoreSee Less

memories of the houston hamfest.. this is back in 2002.. just starting out.. it sure has grown... Be ready in March 2016, it will be the biggest Houston Hamfest ever! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rick HillerBVARC. Mix and Match Swap meet Fun stuff.

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Eddie Runneronly 83 more days till hamfest!

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The State of the Hamfest
The Greater Houston Hamfest marches on! The clock is ticking and as many of you directly involved already know things are underway.
The hamfest general meeting was and will be tentatively following the board of directors meetings. I would encourage all of those interested in a general briefing about hamfest matters or would like to voice their opinions please come and be heard. For each of you that have taken on the major roles of hamfest, I have spoken to most of you one on one and will continue to do so. If you have not heard from me yet please stand by. As we are moving forward we are getting more information and I will be in contact soon. So ladies and gentlemen, here is where we stand!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The GHH as always is a huge undertaking and with your help will again be a huge success! There is a ton of things to cover and you can all expect to hear more from me soon. Thanks to all and to all a good night.

Nathan, N5NYV
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Greater Houston Hamfest

March 18th and 19th 2016
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
Don't miss the fun, 2 fantastic  days of ham radio.
Please join us!

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!!!