2015 Event Schedule

Click here for the 2015 Event Calendar including HVRA meetings & contests, VRPS (Dallas) events and HAM Fests!

HVRA 2015 Schedule

 

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Help us stay in touch with you….

Please help us update our membership database by sending us your current email address, telephone number and physical address. This will help us let you know when meetings and other important HVRA events are happening.

Please send your updates to Jimmie Stewart at jimmietex@netzero.net

Thank you!

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April – June 2015 Grid Leak Newsletter

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
  • 2015 Convention Report
  • 2015 Old Equipment Contest Results
  • HVRA Schedule
  • Fossilized Dinosaur Roar

and more… Click here for the latest issue GL Apr-Jun 15

 

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Basic Electronics Class 1

radio-craft-january-1933-cover  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

Download Class 1 here:

HVRA Class I 2015

HVRA Class I 2015 Answers

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April – Art Deco Radios at Clear Lake Library

HVRA members Bill Kendrick & Reid Shipp have installed an excellent display of Art Deco radios at Freeman Library in Clear Lake. The display gives a history of the radios from 1929 through 1950. They will be on display through the month of April.

Freeman Library

16616 Diana Lane
Houston, TX 77062

http://www.hcpl.net/location/clear-lake-city-county-freeman-branch-library

More photos here:

Freeman Library Photos 2015

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May 23 Alvin Texas Swap Meet

HVRA member Mike Payne will once again open the gates to Electro Junk Inc. in Alvin TX for all to participate in the annual trunk and tail gate swap meet. If you have never participated in one of Mike’s swap meets, you have been missing it BIG TIME!

Mike’s place is easy to find and the facilities are ideal for a swap meet of the magnitude that this should be.  If you are a HAM, a collector, dumpster diver, restorer, or whatever you’ll surely enjoy seeing Mike’s fantastic collections of everything electronic imaginable.

Gates will open for all at 8 AM.

To get there take Highway 288 South from the I-610 Loop in Houston. Turn left on to Texas Highway 6 and drive to Alvin.  In Alvin, turn right on N. Gordon St. (which is also Highway 35), cross the railroad tracks go several blocks, then turn right on Coombs St. At the second intersection turn left on Taylor St. and you are there at 803 S. Taylor.

Photos from Last Year’s Event

 

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Convention Contest Report

 The 2015 HVRA Old Equipment Contest Was A Great Success!

By Lance Borden, WB5REX

The featured manufacturer for this year’s Old Equipment Contest was Watterson. Watterson has been in the radio business since 1933. The Watterson Company is still alive today as the J. W. Davis & Company. Located in Dallas, Texas; they are manufacturers and distributors of commercial audio, security, and other products. They are located at 3030 Canton Street, Dallas, Texas 75226. Their website is: http://www.jwd.com

In this year’s contest there were 47 entries in 22 categories by a total of 21 contestants. This is an increase over last year’s contest which had 29 entries in 21 categories by a total of 16 contestants.

The winners of the Best of Show Award were Art and June Clark with their World War II Display. The winners of the Best Restoration were The Lynn Palmer Family with their Watterson Display. The Peoples Choice award went to Art and June Clark their World War II Display.

There were several outstanding displays and the judges commented that it was very difficult to select the winners of the various awards.

The Contest Judges were: Randy James, Dave Moore, Jim Sargent, John Schmidt, and Pat Zapalac.

The Contest Helpers were: Gilbert Hedge, Michael Monsour, Dave Moore, Elaine Moore, and Judy Potter.

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2015 Convention Photos

Click on 2015 Convention Photos No. 1 and NEW! Catalin Photos with Auction Prices at the top of the page.