Dec 31

59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest

and ARRL West Texas Section Convention

March 15th, 2014
Midland County Horseshoe Arena
2514 Arena Trail Midland, Texas

The St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest is hosted by the Midland Amateur Radio Club.

All the information about the hamfest will be posted on their website as soon as it’s available. In addition, our traditional flier will be mailed out in January. If you’ve registered in the last three years you should receive a flier.

Take advantage of our early bird pre-registration special through January 10!
Check out the details on the pre-registration page.

Aug 5

NCTECH Hamfest

Saturday, November 10, 2012
404 West Main Street, Azel, TX (Near Ft. Worth)

Admission Only $5

Live presentations on Operating & Activities

  • ARRL Field Organization
  • ARRL / Dr. Woolweaver
  • CERT Team
  • Red Cross
  • More!
  • FCC Amateur Radio License Test Session
  • Over 10,000 square feet of indoor table space ($10/table with 1 registration included) – Unclaimed tables will be resold after the event starts
  • Outdoor Flea Market (your table or tailgate)
  • Large Indoor “Eyeball QSO” Sitting Area
  • Coffee & Snack Shop on premises
  • Grand Door Prizes & Hourly Prize Drawings
  • Grand Prize Icom Dual Band Radio

Talk-in on the 147.16 repeater (PL 110.9)

For more information, visit or contact Paul WB5IDM at

The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club of North Texas WC5C (ARRL Affiliated Club) welcomes visitors, and serves the area north and west of Fort Worth, including parts of Parker County, Tarrant County and Wise County.  Most of the club’s activities occur around the west side of Eagle Mountain Lake.  Cities served include Agnes, Aledo, Azle, La Junta, Sanctuary, Springtown, Reno, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Boyd, Paradise, Aurora, Rhome, Fort Worth, Sansom Park, Benbrook, White Settlement, Haslet, Saginaw, Keeter, Briar, Pelican Bay, Weatherford, Newark.

Jul 17

This article was about the 2012 event and is now out dated. SEE THE 2013 Austin Summerfest Info here

Its once again time for the Summer Fest in Austin. This ham fest is like none other in the state! They offer different forums and classes on things such as Military radios and aircraft, Antenna building, DXing, Antique radios and Software Defined Radios (flex). Representatives from the ARRL and the TX-VHF Society will also be on hand. A short hop up to Austin is where all the fun happens!

When: August 3rd and 4th. Friday and Saturday (Friday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 8am to 3:30)

Where: Austin Airport Marriott hotel on the south side of Austin.  It is at exit 228 (only 56 miles from I35 and 1604!)

Cost: $8 per person if paid in advance by July 25th. $10 at the door.

Here is a link to the Summer Fest web site:

Here is a link to the registration forms:

Continuing a Ham tradition!

 Once again it’s time for fun in the sun in central Texas as we make the Capital City the place to be in the middle of the Texas summer.  Come and enjoy old friends, the swapfest, and all the events at Austin Summerfest 2012, including the ARRL Texas State Convention.  And as always, we also host the Summer Meeting of the Texas VHF-FM Society.
August 3rd and 4th – Friday 6:00-9:00 PM & Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Same location as last year – Austin Marriott Airport South at 4415 South IH 35
Note: The 146.940 repeater requires a 107.2 input PL tone.

What Is It? Convention, presentations, and meetings, including civic, technical, and crafts events, and discussions, prizes, exams, and swapfests for amateur-radio operators, aspirants, dealers, and their families.
Where Is It? At the Austin Airport Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35 (Northbound access road, just South of the IH-35/Ben White Blvd.intersection). Please visit the DIRECTIONS page for more detailed instructions, including hints for GPS use.
When Is It? Friday August 3rd (registration 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM).  Indoor swapfest doors open at 6:00 PMand close at 9:00 PM with a special presentation on Antennas by Ward Silver N0AX from 7pm to 9pm.  On Saturday August 4th, 2012 (8:00 AM with swapping until 3:30 PM and dealers and sessions until4:30 PM).
How Much? $8.00 per person for advance registration, or $10.00 per person at the door.
What Prizes? Door prize drawings on Saturday until Noon. Final prizes at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. MORE…
Facilities? Meetings and accommodations – check out the 2012 Flyer , Chart of Events , and Event Descriptions .
Registration? Advance registration closes out July 25. Please use the form on Page 2 of the 2012 Flyer.  Registration at the door begins at5:00 PM on Friday, August 3rd. Swapfest at 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday and from 8:00 AM to 3:30 and dealers and sessions until4:30 PM on Saturday. A full range of activities on Saturday.
Saturday Lunch? Lunch Buffet ($10.00 inclusive per person) – Chicken Fried Steak, Meatloaf,  Seasonal Vegetables, Chef’s Choice of Dessert, Iced Tea and/or Water with Coffee  Service
Hotel Accommodations? Enjoy the facilities of the Austin Airport Marriott South, or its sister facility in the same complex,the SpringHill Suites Austin South. If you’re visiting Austin, please consider staying at one of these hotelsfor the special Convention rate of $99 per room night. (As a bonus, the SpringHill Suites serve a complimentary continental breakfast.) Showing support for our hotels helps to ensure that we can continue to stage our Convention in highquality surroundings.

Special Features of this event include:

AMSAT, ARES,  HSMM-MESH, SDR, Vintage Radio. ARRL Forum,FCC License Exams, DX and Contest Session,

Weather Session, ARES Session, Microwave Forum, Indoor Swapfest, Tailgate Swapfest, Crafts & Skills, QRP, A Special Friday Night presentation, and the Summer Meeting of TX VHF-FM Society.

Jan 18

SARC LogoI don’t know the final figures for attendance at this event last weekend, but the main vendor hall area was packed!  I was there handling the radio talk-in, as I’ve coordinated for the past 15-17 years or so, plus I was a paid vendor in the back corner of the room as well!

It was really nice to see friends from around Texas that I hadn’t seen in ages, or since last year’s event in some cases. 

Here are some photos that I took from this year’s event, using my handy dandy Sprint HTC EVO cell phone…  (love that 8 mega pixel camera feature).

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Aug 4

Continuing a Ham tradition!

Once again it’s time for fun in the sun in central Texas as we make the Capital City the place to be in the middle of the Texas summer.  Come and enjoy old friends, the swapfest, and all the events at Austin Summerfest 2011, including the ARRL Texas State Convention.  And as always, we also host the Summer Meeting of the Texas VHF-FM Society.
August 5th and 6th – Friday 6:00-9:00 PM & Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Same location as last year – Austin Marriott Airport South at 4415 South IH 35
Note: The 146.940 repeater requires a 107.2 input PL tone.
Aug 4

I came away from the San Antonio meeting (8/1/2011) with the Texas VHF Society very disappointed. First off, based on the wide range of comments, complaints, etc from hams around town on the air and via e-mail I expected a much greater turn out, the turn out was a major disappointment. People if we do not stand up and count, we are going to lose a chunk of our simplex freq and it was CLEARLY JUST A STARTING POINT.

First off, the Texas VHF Society reps stated they are trusties of the band based on ruling by the FCC. Well if they are trusties then they represent ALL HAM RADIO OPERATORS, not the special interest groups in Houston, etc. In a case that impacts all of Texas Hams, I think it is inexcusable that you have to pay to vote on an issue that impacts us. On this issue, if you have a Ham lic then you should have a vote. A select group should not be able to run roughshod over thousands of ham radio operators.

I went to this meeting yesterday thinking they were looking for input from ham radio operators around the state and that a solid voice could help make a difference. That is not what the meeting was about, it was to tell us what they planned and basically that we needed to LIVE WITH IT.

Multiple things about this band plan concern me.

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Apr 22

We are sure you absolutely DON’T want to MISS  this event!!

Big Tail Gate, VE Testing, along with the biggest day in the Corpus Christi Buccaneer Days Celebration!! Tons to do in Corpus Christi on the last weekend in April including the Amateur Radio Tail-Gate/VE Testing event.. check it out below..

If you have any questions please call Linda at 361.442.9852!!

Hope to see everyone there!! It’s time to do your “radio” Spring cleaning and make a little $$..

OH, and don’t forget all those bargains you can spend your windfall on!!

C U There!

Corpus Christi Big Tail Gate Ham Fest April 30 2011

Corpus Christi Big Tail Gate Ham Fest April 30 2011

* Sponsored by the Corpus Christi Amateur Radio Club
& the South Texas Amateur Radio Club!!!*

Oct 18

Medina County ARC
Great Antenna Shootout & Tail Gate Swap Fest

Date: November 13, 2010       Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hondo Community Center
1014 18th Street
Hondo, TX 78861

Contact: Walter Hock/KK5LO (281) 684-8075

Entry: FREE – ZIP – NADA

Categories: (Commercial & Home Brew)
1. Beginners – Single Element
2. Beginners – Multi Element
3. Old Pro – Single Element
4. Old Pro – Multi Element

• Are you the next Marconi or Tesla?
• Have you designed and built the best 2M antenna ever made?
• Do you want to know how yourfavorite commercial 2M antenna stacks up?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you need to come to the
Great Antenna Shootout & Tail Gate Swap Fest

Make your YL happy and bring your “old” stuff to sell too!
Or buy just one thing you’ve been looking for..

Food & drinks will be sold to raise funds for the Mediina County Amateur Club!

Oct 4

You are invited!
The Paris Texas Hamfest #6
“The Best One Yet”

Friday and Saturday October 8 and 9, 2010
Red River Valley Fairgrounds
570 E Center St, Paris, Tx (N33.67114 W95.542603)

Paris, Tx — Amateur “ham” radio and electronic hobbyists will attend the 6th annual Paris Texas Hamfest Friday October 8 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday October 9, 8 til noon, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds located at 570 e center st.

A “Hamfest” is a gathering of radio hobbyists from all over the country who take part in discussions, check out the latest equipment and ideas. In addition to used equipment being bought and sold by individuals, dealers will also be on hand with new radio and computer gadgetry for sale. Admission is $2.
Tables for vendors are still available. To reserve a table, call Richard Lenoir at 903-737-0773 or 903-669-9059.

Official examinations will be offered for anyone wanting to obtain a new or upgraded Amateur Radio License from the Federal Communications Commission. Applications must be at the site no later than 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is not necessary, but applicants must present two forms of acceptable identification including one picture ID. Applicants must bring the original of any ham license they currently have.

For more information on this event go to

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May 31

It’s almost that time of year again, the annual trek north up IH-35 to Plano, to attend the largest Hamfest in Texas.  

HamCom 2010 will be Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th.  But if you want the best deals from the flea market areas, you best be there on Friday morning when they open.   The event is more crowded on Saturday, for obvious reasons, but most of the vendors arrive on Thursday  night, or Friday morning, ready to wheel and deal. 

Parking is free, admission is $10 at the door.    Hotel room info is available from the event website, by clicking on the Hotels link.

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