UPCOMING MARCH 22 2014

Video From 2013 Greater Houston Hamfest
  • Second largest hamfest in Texas and growing!

  • Houston is the Fourth Largest City in the USA

  • Over 200 vendor tables and 1000 expected attendees

  • GIANT Tailgate Area

  • Featured speakers : Full Slate of Noteable Speakers

  • Raffle main prizes : Multiple Major Raffle Prizes

  • Frequent door prize drawings - over 100 to give away.

  • Fox Hunt

  • Many other full "hamfest" features such as VE Sessions, Hands-On Demos, Kid's Corner, Hot Food, Equipment Test Table, live ham special event station, and much more.

 


Keynote Speaker:   Bob Allison,
WB1GCM, ARRL Senior Test Engineer


Featured Speaker:   Joe Eisenberg,
K0NEB, CQ Magazine Kit Builder Editor
"The Ultimate Elmer"

 

HAMFEST SUMMARY

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Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 8AM to 1:30PM -- registration begins at 7 AM
Location: Ft. Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, TX  About 30 miles S/W of downtown Houston   CLICK HERE FOR MAP
Food:  Amazing food (breakfast and lunch) will be available and provided by the Larkins Family DX Kid's Cafe.. Yummy !!
Admission: At the Door Registration: $10 comes with 1 raffle ticket.
Children under 14 free. Scouts in uniform get in free.
Only service animals allowed
Tables: Tables are only $15 each and $5 more if you want power at your table or block of tables. If you must have power please get your tables early. On-site table purchases cannot be guaranteed power.
Last year the indoor tables were sold out, you can register your tables online Click here
 Over 200 indoor tables will be available. Pre-registration for sellers allows choice of tables ahead of time and power (500W) if requested at time of pre-registration.  5 or more tables includes two admission tickets.
Giant Tailgating Area:  Tailgating is $5 per vehicle.  We have tailgating and plenty of space.  Tailgating will be in its own area so you won't have to walk the whole parking lot looking for sellers, (like most hamfests) they will all be in one easy to access area.
Free attendee admission to the tailgating area. Buyers will have early access to tailgate sellers before main hall opens at 8 A.M.
Raffle:  Best Ham radio raffle in Texas!   Raffle tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5
VE (Ham radio) Testing – Registration for testing will begin at 8AM. Actual testing will commence at 9AM with another session beginning at 10:30.   You will need a photo ID, Your ORIGINAL license, and a copy of your  License (if upgrading) and $15. Testing is on-site in the Sheriff Department Training Classroom just inside the front gate.  Due to the small size of the testing room, tests can only be given to 12 people at a time, we will test as long as it takes to accommodate everyone that shows up for testing!  For more information contact John Moore, kk5nu, jwm@hal-pc.org .
FOX Hunt –  Prize - Baofeng UV-5R Dual-Band HT
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Keynote Speaker

Bob Allison, WB1GCM, Senior Test Engineer -- ARRL Laboratory

Bob will talk about the work the ARRL Laboratory does, with an emphasis on Product Review testing; as he provides the test data for QST’s monthly Product Review column -- the magazine’s most read column. He has been a Radio Amateur for nearly 40 years and his passion for radio lead him to a long career as a television broadcast engineer before starting to work at the ARRL Lab in 2008. Bob will tell you the highlights, and the horror stories, of working at the Lab.

Featured Speaker

Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB

CQ Magazine Kit Building Techniques For Success -- Joe will cover how to identify and organize your parts and how to store them safely. He will also provide soldering and de-soldering tips and tricks, as well as other things that you can do to give you the best chance at success when building a kit.

ARRL Session

Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV Director West Gulf Division ARRL

Our Division Director will discuss the proceedings of the January 2014 Board of Directors meeting, the West Gulf Division Awards program, the need for more Volunteer Counsels and the overhaul of the Volunteer Instructor program.

Communications In A Zombie Apocalypse

Alfred Perez - N5VEV

This seminar takes a humorous look at the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse and asks: When the cell phones go out, can you track the zombie hordes; how can you get a zombie to make you free power forever and can you create a directed energy weapon out of old appliances? The answer, of course, is: Yes! with Ham radio. It also applies to Hurricanes and other disasters that can disrupt communications.

Rolling the DICE on Ham Radio Insurance

Bob Hawkins – KD5AT

You saved a long time for your new TS-2000, Icom-7600, Flex-5000 or K3. You’ve topped it off with off a new Rohn Tower and SteppIR beam. Now, you wonder if your home owners insurance can protect it all from theft, electrical surge or a massive weather event. This session will explore the coverage (DICE) available for all of your Ham gear and antennas within a Texas Standard homeowner’s insurance policy and compare it with the ARRL Insurance policy's DICE. A door prize with a value of $50.00 will be given to a lucky attendee.

Radiosport 101: The Joy of Contesting

Ron Litt – K5HM

Looking for another way to enhance your enjoyment of amateur radio? Take a dive into world of Radiosport where you can experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat at the same time. You don’t need a rock star superstation and working contests will make you a better operator while you are having fun. We’ll discuss what you need to start in Radiosport, the tools available; how to prepare for a contest and how to set goals that will make your participation enjoyable . . . as well as the morning after!

Youth in Radio

Ralph Phillips – KE5HDF

If you want to build an outreach presentation or program to spark the interest of young people in Amateur Radio, this talk will provide hints and elements that will guide you along the way.

FCC Enforcement

Stephen Lee - FCC Houston

Resident Agent will highlight the work done by an FCC field enforcement agent.




 

2014 Hamfest Chairman

 

John Chauvin
(K5IZO)
k5izo@yahoo.com
 

Table Sales and Commercial

Kirk Kendrick
(KK2Z)
kmkendrick@gmail.com
 
 

Commercial Vendors




Main Trading Company

 


Expert Amps

 

 

 

 
 
 
 


 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Wanted

Email here to Volunteer for 2014 !

 

Directions

No Houston Traffic. 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).

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