THE BIGGEST HAMFEST IN WEST TEXAS IS BACK!

Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary and our farewell to the "Barn"
Next year we (may?) be in entirely new facilities
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The Midland Amateur Radio Club
presents

the 50th Annual
Saint Patrick's Day Hamfest
AND
West Texas Section Convention
Midland, Texas
An ARRL Sanctioned Event
March 19th and 20th, 2005
(Our last 2 day swapfest)

for Information or Table Confirmations, call
Joe Coldewey, KK5ZG at 432-697-7846

or send E-mail to kk5zg@caprok.net

Here is the mail in registration form for download and printing...(Adobe Acrobat required).

(registration.pdf)

Online registration. Use your credit card via PayPal!


ATTENTION! SPECIAL - ON-LINE ONLY!

On-line Pre-registrations now accepted until Wednesday, March 16

CLICK HERE!

(registration site)

SHORTCUTS

  1. HAMFEST LOCATION
  2. HAMFEST HOURS AND SETUP TIMES
  3. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PICKUP
  4. HAMFEST RATES
  5. HAMFEST PRIZES
  6. GOOD THINGS TO EAT
  7. HOSPITALITY ROOM
  8. W-A-S
  9. TAILGATE SALES
  10. RV HOOKUPS
  11. HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
  12. MEETINGS AND FORUMS
  13. EXAMINATIONS FOR RADIO LICENSES
  14. TALK - IN FREQUENCY
  15. CITY MAP (PDF)
  16. DEALER REPRESENTATION


Registration Deadline is Friday, March 11th, 2005


HAMFEST LOCATION
The HamFest is held at the Midland County Exhibit Building, located on the North Service Road, about one half mile east of the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and Old Highway 80 (also called Front Street or Business I-20). Westbound on I-20 take exit #144. Eastbound take exit #143. Use 147.30 for directions.

HAMFEST HOURS AND SETUP TIMES
Saturday -- 8:00AM until 5:00PM
Sunday -- 8:00AM until 1:00PM

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PICKUP
This year, ALL registration will take place in the Exhibit Building, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM on Friday the 19th. Pre-registration ticket stubs and name tags will be available here. New Registrations will also be accepted at these times. On Saturday the registration and information center will also be at the Exhibit Building, and pre-registrations and table tags will be available beginning at 7:00AM.

All Table positions will be pre-assigned. All tables are rented on a first-come, first-served basis to registered Hamfest participants only and must have a rental tag displayed. No refunds for no-shows.

All unclaimed tables become available for resale at Noon, Saturday.

Exhibit set-up will begin at 3:00PM Friday afternoon for dealers only. All other exhibitors may begin setting up at 7:00PM Friday night. The doors will be locked at 9:00PM Friday, to be re-opened at 6:30AM Saturday morning for continued dealer and exhibitor set-up. The Hamfest will be open to the public at 8:00AM.

Dealers and exhibitors will have special identifying badges. Only persons wearing these special badges may enter the exhibit building at the designated set-up times. Pre-Hamfest sales will be discouraged.

Security will be provided both nights.



HAMFEST RATES
PRE-REGISTRATION
$8.00 PER PERSON
$9.00 AT THE DOOR

EXTRA CHANCE TICKETS
STILL ONLY $1.00 ea

PACKAGE DEAL
(1 PRE-REGISTRATION AND 20 EXTRA CHANCE TICKETS)

$20.00



TABLE RENTALS
ALL TABLES (EA)
$14.00

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HAMFEST PRIZES
Pre-registration prize: (To be given away Saturday Morning, 9:00am)
$200 SPENDING CASH!

Grand prize:
ICOM IC-706 MKII-G, HF/6M/2M/430 XCVR



2nd Grand prize:
Kenwood TM-G707A 2m/70cm dual bander



3rd Grand prize:
MFJ-4125 25a switching power supply.


DOOR PRIZES ON THE HOUR



GOOD THINGS TO EAT!
You will find our Snack Bar located by the front entry doors. We will be serving Breakfast Burritos & lots of coffee in the mornings. During lunch Saturday and Sunday, our menu will include Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Frito Pies, Nachos, and Soft Drinks. Look for our Combo specials, always a cost savings. And don't forget this year's SPECIAL 50th Anniversary Club Mug : just 6 bucks with quarter refills for coffee all weekend long! (Proceeds go to the MARC Scholarship fund, Thanks for your support)

Print out this special coupon for $1.00 off any combo meal
(ONE PER CUSTOMER)

(coupon.pdf) (Adobe Acrobat required).


 


HOSPITALITY ROOM
Our "Third Annual" combination ARRL Forum and Hospitality room to be held at 7:00pm at our own MARC club house, Saturday night, March 19.
We will be providing chips, dips, drinks and party trays, and door prizes. Please remember, the clubhouse is an alcohol free (city owned) building


Printable Map

 

W - A - S
WORKED ALL STATES AWARD
If you have QSL cards confirming contacts from all 50 states(the District of Columbia counts as MD), bring your cards and proof of current ARRL membership to apply for the Worked All States Award. The basic award fee is $10.00 (certificate), and the endorsement fee is $7.50. (Endorsements claimed with the initial award are included in the $10.00 initial fee). Get the Adobe .PDF or HTML application form from the ARRL Website for Worked All States Award (WAS)

VHF/UHF Century Club Award (VUCC)
If you have confirmed contacts from at least 100 different grid squares, bring your cards and proof of current ARRL membership to apply for the VHF/UHF Century Club Award. The basic award fee is $10.00 (certificate and pin), and the endorsement fee is $10.00.(All fees subject to change as required by ARRL) Get the Adobe .PDF application form from the ARRL Website for VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC)

If you intend to apply for either of these awards at the Hamfest, or if you have any questions, please contact either ARRL Awards Manager in advance at:
Mark Cranford, N5XXD (n5xxd@apex2000.net)
or
Sara Gail Cranford, N5ZMP (sgcranford@juno.com)

 

TAILGATE SALES
The tailgate area will again be located east of the Exhibit Building. Weather is usually good but prepare for what-ever Mother Nature might bring to West Texas.

 

TEST YOUR SKILL
How fast and cleanly can you send code? On a simple key? While balancing on your right foot? Enter the QLF Contest on Sunday and show the world your special skill. And don't worry, we'll catch you if you fall over.

 

RV HOOKUPS
Spaces at the RV parking/hook-up area go fast, so get here early for a choice spot. Please be aware of the following items: FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED. Space quantities are limited. All RV's and campers need to be parked on the east side of the Exhibit Building in the designated parking area. If you do not require electrical or water hook-ups, please park north of the RV hook-up area (at no charge). The fee for electrical and/or water hook-up is $18.00 per day per vehicle, with a $5 key deposit, payable to Midland County. All areas immediately adjacent to the Exhibit Building have been designated as Fire Zones. DO NOT park there! Check-out time is 3:00pm Sunday. The above fees are charged by Midland County, and not by the Midland Amateur Radio Club.
Thank you.

If you require full hook-ups, and we have run out of spaces, may we suggest the following park nearby; Pecan Grove, located one mile east of the Exhibit Building on the Business 20 service road. Cost for full hook-up approximately $16.00 per night. Phone (432) 684-0041.

 

 

HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
Plaza Inn, Midland
4108 N. Big Spring St.
Phone 1-800-365-3222 for reservations
Take exit 136 from Interstate 20, north on Rankin Hwy (Big Spring St),
thru town, past Wadley Ave almost to Loop 250. See printable map above.

--Free continental breakfast--

Special Hamfest rate, again only - $55.00
(Get your reservations early and mention Midland Amateur Radio Club Hamfest. Ask for TISH)

(All reservations to be made 3 weeks prior (Feb. 25th) to Swapfest to guarantee rooms)

OTHER CLOSE LOCAL MOTELS

Hilton Midland & Towers - 117 W. Wall (downtown) 432-683-6131 ($99 & up)
Fairfield Inn - 2300 Faulkner Dr (Loop 250 & A St.) 432-570-7155 ($75 two doubles)
Hampton Inn - Loop 250 next to Hollywood Theater,(new) 432-520-4935 ($65 two doubles)

MEETINGS AND FORUMS

ARRL Forum, MARC clubhouse, Saturday 7:00pm (See Hospitality room above)

The ARRL Meeting will be hosted by West Gulf Director Coy C. Day, N5OK,
and our West Texas SCM John Dyer, AE5B.

Your ARRL Representatives are:
Jim Haney, W5JBP, ARRL President
Coy C. Day, N5OK, W. Gulf Director n5ok@arrl.org
Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV Vice Director k5rav@arrl.org

John Dyer, AE5B, Section Manager ae5b@arrl.org
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- OTHER FORUMS AND MEETINGS -
The following forums to be held in the Annex Building, just north of the exhibit building

9:00 am Saturday

"BPL - What is it and why should I care?"

W5WRL, Bill Lawless, Frequency Coordinator - Zone 5, West Texas, will have the latest information on the BPL threat and will moderate a discussion on our (amateur radio operators) involvement.

10:00 am Saturday

"Introduction to the Texas VHF FM Society"

Presented by Paul Baumgardner,W5BSP, President of the Texas VHF FM Society.

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Examinations for Amateur Radio Licenses
The MIDLAND VE TEAM volunteer examiners will administer Amateur exams (all classes) on Saturday, March 20 at 1:00 PM in the Extension Service Building, adjacent to the Hamfest site on East Business 20. YOUR CURRENT, ORIGINAL, SIGNED LICENSE (if you have one) plus a photocopy for us to keep. A photocopy plus the original of any CERTIFICATE OF SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of EXAMINATION (CSCE) that you plan to use for element or upgrade credit. You MUST bring two forms of ID, one with picture. If no photo ID is available, bring any two of the following items:

Non-photo ID/driver's License.
Birth certificate (must have appropriate seal).
Minor's work permit or school report card.
Utility bill; bank statement, or other correspondence that specifically names the person.

PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE of $14.00 for all examinations.(All fees subject to change as may be required by ARRL)
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Bring BLUE OR BLACK INK PENS, PENCILS, and if necessary, a calculator with CLEARED memory.
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Do not bring a completed FCC form 605, as they will be provided at the exam session, and must be signed at the session.



TALK-IN FREQUENCY

Our primary talk-in frequency will be the 147.30 MHZ repeater. No P/L tone needed. This repeater will operate as a closed, net controlled repeater beginning on Friday. We will also be glad to give you information on lodging, dining, and interesting places to go.


Here are some other repeaters available in our area:


146.76- Midland Area, Secondary (MARC)

145.13- 88.5 tone Southwest Lynx System

145.13- 162.2 tone Southwest Lynx System

442.20+ 162.2 tone Southwest Lynx System

147.38+ Midland Int'l Airport (W5CAF)

444.20+ East Midland (MARC)

147.22+ APCO P25 digital repeater, Network ID 293 (K5MSO)

444.10+ 162.2 tone West Texas Connection (Odessa)

444.600+ 146.2 tone Horned Toad Intertie

147.28+ 88.5 tone Horned Toad Intertie




City of Midland Map (PDF)


Dealer Representation:
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AMARCO
AUSTIN AMATEUR RADIO SUPPLY
BROCK COMMUNICATIONS
CAPS UNLIMITED
DARYL'S ELECTRONICS
THE HAM STORE
RADIO RANCH
TEXAS BUGCATCHER
B.F.O





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