Click here for the 2015 Event Calendar including HVRA meetings & contests, VRPS (Dallas) events and HAM Fests! Updated 6/21.
The latest issue of HVRA’s quarterly newsletter Grid Leak is now available to download for your computer, portable device, or for printing. The files can be read using the free Adobe PDF Reader software.
- From the President
- Club events/ announcements
- MEGA Auction – July
- HVRA Election of Officers in September
- Battleship Texas Update
and more… Click here for the latest issue GL July-Aug-Sep 15
Once again we are looking for a few good volunteers who are willing to accept nominations for a two year term as club officers. To qualify, you must be a member in good standing with annual dues paid, willing and able to attend both monthly Board of Directors and general meetings, and fulfill requirements of the office that you may be elected to serve.
Positions open for nominations include: Vice President, Secretary, and At Large position II. We are always looking forward to having new officers elected from our general membership to bring new ideas and share their expertise as club leaders.
Elections will be held during the September monthly meeting at the Bayland Park Community Center.
A series of basic electronics classes will be made monthly, on line, to both members and non members alike. The goal is to teach both theory and troubleshooting of vacuum tube equipment at the same time. In order to successfully troubleshoot electronic equipment, one must be able to understand basic theory and how to apply it in repairing, modifying, and in some instances designing circuitry. In dealing with vacuum tube electronics, the first thing that comes to mind is vintage radios.
Vintage radios bring back nostalgic memories of bygone years and many have beautiful enclosures made of wood or art deco materials. Some are collectable antiques and there is a market for their restoration and repair to make them functional again. This is where understanding basic electronic theory is essential in that often times modifications must be made in the circuitry as direct replacement components are no longer available. This is why it is advisable to keep a stock of parts, and vintage parts sets, referred to as “junkers” on hand for future repairs. In recent years there has been a renaissance in vacuum tube amplifiers especially among musicians who play string instruments. Interest in vintage car restoration continues, and many owners prefer to have that car’s radio functioning once again. Some transistorized radios and amplifiers dating back to the 1950’s and 60’s are also becoming collectable and servicing these will be included in future classes. What you learn in the first series of classes will be applied to the actual troubleshooting of a basic five tube radio with the schematic shown on the last page of the preliminary lessons.
HVRA President Bill Werzner
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