Greater Houston Hamfest

Friday March 24 2017
Saturday March 25 2017

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 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!

Talk-In 146.94 Tone 167.9 Starting 6AM

Houston, 4th Largest City in USA

Come to the Hamfest

• Last years attendance over 1350!
• Two Days of Activities!
• Friday: Sessions 3-8pm, Vendor set-up 1-8pm.
• Saturday: Exhibits 8am – 3:30pm
• 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 ever 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

Area Motels

Comfort Inn  (281) 232-7300
Super 8  (832) 595-8700
Motel 6   (281) 342-7888
Knights Inn  (281) 342-6671
Palace Inn  (281) 342-5387
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

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

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Allen BrierI'll take it!

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

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FREE-FRIDAY KIT BUILD: 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. The complete description is found on Activities & Speakers page.

FREE-FRIDAY KIT BUILD: Bluestack Micro-Plus Hotspot board for DVmega from Grapevine Amateur Radio

The Micro-Plus board includes the red switch on the side of the board, which allows you switch between bluetooth and a USB connection. This enables you to use the BlueDV windows app or the Smartphone app to provide your hotspot with an internet connection. The complete description is found on Activities & Speakers page.

FREE-FRIDAY KIT BUILD: DV MEGA – Raspberry PI UHF radio from Grapevine Amateur Radio

The DV MEGA Raspberry PI UHF radio is a module that you can install directly onto your Raspberry PI. This module has a modem and a 10mW UHF transceiver on board. The complete description is found on Activities & Speakers page.

Plenty of Food

Some of the 2016 Vendors Were

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

2016 Participating Clubs

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

Table Sales

If you are a commercial vendor and want your logo and a link to your website listed please Contact us

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!!!

And these are our superior Sponsors