Greater Houston Hamfest

Greater Houston HamFest ARRL Texas State Convention

2023 Greater Houston HamFest will be our 20th year
March  04th 2023

Countdown to 2023 HamFest

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Huge Hamfest - 1000s in Attendance

Huge Raffle and lots of Door Prizes

Manufacturers' Presentations

$1000s in Prizes

Ham Radio Dealers

Great products that you need!

Fun for the Whole Family

Goodies are Everywhere

Lots of Vendors

Plenty of Dealers

Lots Of Fun

Plenty of Vendors

Great Prizes

Great Expert Presentations

Manufacturers' Representatives

Some Great Used Gear

Ham Radio Classroom and License Testing

Gigantic Outdoor Flea Market

Bargains Galore

Fun for the Whole Family

Satellite Communications

Manufacturers Showing New Products

Fun, Fun, Fun !

CooooooooL

WOW

Scouting and Ham Radio

Collectors?

Manufacturers Representatives

Ham Radio Balloon launch

WE'RE BACK !!!

WE'RE BACK !!!

After missing 2 years due to COVID, The Greater Houston Hamfest is coming back for our 20th year.. Bigger and Better than ever..

 

Hamfest Planning Meetings:

 

 

Hamfest Photos - Not having our hamfest for the last two years. There might be some folks out there that want to see what a hamfest looks like.

Prizes donated by
HRO (Ham Radio Outlet)
EPO (Electronics Parts Outlet)
Diamond Antennas
Main Trading
DX Engineering
SignMan
MFJ
The Wireman
Easy Way Ham Books
River Oaks Car Stereo

Hamfest Tables

Hamfest tables are NOT ON SALE YET!

But we have had some inquiries.
This is the normal table layout but it is not finalised yet

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds
4310 Texas 36
Rosenberg TX 77471

Hamfest Contact Phone Numbers
713-826-6917

713-569-8799
Talk In 146.94 Tone 167.9

Camping

We have RV spots with over night hookups.  If you want to make arrangements for the RV hookups in advance please let us know..  You can  also dry camp (without hookups) in the parking lot as well.

WE’RE BACK !!!

Aug 08 meeting participants:

1  John K5IZO
2  Mike  KG5NDS
3  Rick C   K5RBC
4  Phillippe  K5BOU
5  Jeff W5JEF
6  Dave N5EKW
7  Steve  KG5IGR
8  Michael  KI5IIJ
9  John K5VGM
10  JP  K5JPP
11  Chris  KG5BBF
12  Mike  N5VCX
13  John KC9JLE
14  Rick  W5RH
15  Anthony W5LIC
16  Ron Litt  W5HM
17   Charlotte KI5TRQ
18  Eddie NU5K

Sep 04 in person - Fuddruckers meeting participants:

1  Mike N5VCX
2  John K5IZO
3  Jimmy NA5D
4 Ron  K5HM
5  Anthony W5LIC
6  Jeff  W5JEF
7   Kori  WX5KR
8  Eileen  KI5PIX
9  Michael KI5IIJ
10 Jenny
11 Eddie NU5K
12 Suzanne KF5GWZ
13  Mike  KG4NDS
14  (mikes friend)
15   (Friends wife)
16 Hugh  KI5VXL
17 Richard K5RBC
18 David (spark inovations)

 

Volunteers wanted now!

Our biggest need right now might be marketing and multimedia .. if you want to get involved please gve me a call 713-569-8799  Eddie (NU5K)

We do have a facebook page for houstonhamfest, I thought we had twitter, instagram and whatever else?  Trying them today it looks like they may have deleted us for lack of use, I set them up 10 or 12 years ago but I guess no one used them..

LETS get em going for this next hamfest.!!


Become Part of “THE CORE” ! 

Throwing out ideas  and discussion topics on the BVARC Reflector is good fodder for chewing and spewing. But the next step is the hardest….taking your suggested ideas and running with one or two of them to help put together and run the GHHF. In the past it has always fallen to “The Core” of BVARC members who are always there to do the dirty. A few good folks in the past who were outside of the core had stepped up to help, but that is typically not the norm. It wud be great if all of the ideas suggested were spoken for and implemented, with a lead person at the helm of each determined to successfully bring to the table/GHHF what they have undertaken. That would be one heck of a Hamfest. (Dayton, Huntsville, Orlando, etc. have hundreds of folks in 20 or 30 + clubs that join in putting those ham fests on) We are  now into the pre-operational phase for the GHHF 6 months off. Please attend the next meeting, to be announced soon, and step up to the plate to join The Core to bring it to fruition. Your help would be massively appreciated, plus you’ll have fun seeing your efforts being enjoyed by the thousands who attend. 73…Rick — W5RH

Developing :

Past Hamfests Research Data
A new page called Past Hamfests can be clicked on the top menu of this page to see the older HoustonHamFest Flyers and maps and stuff.

UPDATING / MODERNIZING TICKET SALES
We used simple paypal buttons for the past decade, its pretty simple.. But now I see so many online tickets places using QR CODES..  There are several wordpress plugins that offer QR Code ticket sales..  Hoping to move to something like this (more modern) ..   Admission Tickets,  Table Sales, maybe even paid tailgating… Looking at a wordpress plug in called EVENTIN.. If anyone has any comments please let me know eddie.runner@yahoo.com

Tailgate Sale
Tailgate this year will be a special Tailgate area, and tailgating will be $10 per parking space.

ADVERTISING / MARKETING PARTNERS:
Some of the things we need to do at this EARLY planning stage 175 days out,  Is to  find Partners.. Partners who can help us with the great cost of doing the hamfest (exhibitors or sponsors), or Partners that can draw attendance to the hamfest (Vendors, Manufacturers, Presentors, or help with the big prizes and giveaways).
We are developing a list of contacts, but the first hurdle will be the presentation to the Partners, who we are, what we do, about the venue (fair grounds) and so fourth, in other words, why it would be good for them to partner with us…

I envision this as something on paper like our past years Hamfest Flyers ( I have many past year flyers down below you can look at..  Folks are telling me the flyers look dated and should be modernized..  I am not a graphics person, so I need help creating a flyer, or presentation we can show to potential partners at this early stage.

MARKETING TOOLS:  We need help with getting the word out, we will of course be advertising in QRZ magazine and on the ARRL website, This year we will officially be the ARRL Texas State Convention… But we need help with the houstonhamfest website, the multimedia tools such as facebook, twitter, discord  and instagram as well as talking it up on the air (nets and so fourth)..   We are asking for your help if you have any expertise or experience with any of this stuff.

FOOD / Music:  Best scenario may be BLUES and BBQ  With a seperate Friday night Banquet at an undetermined restrant in the area.

BEER: we have not yet approached but think it would be a no brainer for someone like one of the micro breweries to want to attend…

PARTNERS:  We have the Fort Bend county fairgrounds, its amazing, we should be able to easily find partners (negotiable) to show or advertise what they do (car dealership or any number of other things)

Inovation Spark:  Working with Inovation spark in building C

 

WE’RE BACK !!!

GHHF #1 at the FBCFG

Rick, Randy, Robert, Mike, Alan, Pete (sk), Sid, Josh, John, Ross (sk)

2023 Greater Houston Hamfest


HAMFEST DIRECTORS

Mike Hardwick- N5VCX
John Chauvan – K5IZO

HAM RADIO TESTING
Mark Janzer – K5MGJ

SPONSORS / PARTNERS
Eddie Runner – NU5K
WEBSITE
Eddie Runner – NU5K
John Brockus – KC9JLE 

PRIZE COMMITTEE
Michael Manciaz KI5IIJ

RAFFLE
Dave Ely – N5EKW

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

DOOR SECURITY

TICKET BOOTH

2023 Greater Houston Hamfest

MARKETING

FLYER

FACEBOOK
Kori Rahman -WX5KR

TABLE SALES
Eddie Runner – NU5K

AUDIO VISUAL
Robert Polinski – KD5YVQ

HOSPITALITY
RESTURANTS / CATERING

ENTERTAINMENT / BAND

FORUMS and SPEAKERS

PARKING
Micheal Shanks – KI5NPM

TAILGATERS
Michael Shanks – KI5NPM
Anthony Morones – W5LIC

OTHER VOLUNTEERS

Mike Knerr – KI5UBL

Area Hotels

Best Western
6330 E Riverpark Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 232-0680

Days Inn by Wyndham Rosenberg
3555 TX-36, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 232-7300

Express Inn
3220 1st St, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(832) 471-6663

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
22010 Southwest Fwy, Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 232-2101

Hampton Inn & Suites
3312 Vista Dr, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 341-9393

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1720 Spacek Rd, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(346) 843-1777

Home2 Suites by Hilton
5350 Pointe W Cir, Richmond, TX 77469
(346) 843-2888

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Houston Rosenberg
28332 Southwest Fwy #59, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(832) 595-6111

Motel 6
27927 Southwest Fwy, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 342-7888

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
6815 Reading Rd, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(832) 595-2220

Super 8 by Wyndham Rosenberg
3314 1st St, Rosenberg, TX 77471
(832) 535-2082

Area Restaurants

Another Time Soda Fountain & Café
800 3rd St, Rosenberg, TX 7747  (281) 232-2999
Country Pho
1912 Avenue H, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Fusion Kitchen
5101 Avenue H #68, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Gino’s Italian Joint
808 3rd St, Rosenberg, TX 77471
La Casona
28000 Southwest Fwy, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Ol’ RaiRoad Café
1901 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471
Swinging Door
3818 Farm to Market 359, Richmond, TX 77406
Waffle House
27935 Southwest Fwy, Rosenberg, TX 77471