2015 Event Schedule

Click here for the 2015 Event Calendar including HVRA meetings & contests, VRPS (Dallas) events and HAM Fests!   Updated 8/30

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 Tom Taylor at tomn5aca@juno.com

Thank you!

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July-Aug-Sept 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
  • 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

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Houston Vintage Market & Festival – September 18th & 19th

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 HVRA at the Houston Vintage 2015 Market & Festival

The 1940 Air Terminal Museum – next to Hobby Airport

 On Friday & Saturday September 18 & 19th, we will have 2 tables to showcase HVRA and join our friends at Houston Vintage! We’ll bring some vintage tabletops, tube amps and HAM radios. This is our third year at this great venue. We had a great response from all the folks who came in previous years. We are making a call to volunteers to work shifts. Even a few hours would be helpful. Let’s bring in some new members and have fun! Events will be held in the Terminal and the Hangar next door.

Price at the door – $5.00 – kids 11 and under free

They include the Ms. Houston Vintage Pageant, food trucks and vintage cars parked out front.

This event is organized by Houston Vintage


Website for the 1940 Air Terminal Museum – http://www.1940airterminal.org/

More photos from last year’s events:

Airport Museum Photos 2014

If you can volunteer please contact President Bill Werzner at (713) 820-1778


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2016 Annual Convention and Auction – Bulletin No. 1

From HVRA Vice President Jerry Sirkin

The HVRA Board of Directors has approved the agreement between HVRA and the Houston Marriott North for the 2016 Annual Convention and Auction on February 12th & 13th 2016. Below is a brief summary of current plans for the event.

Discounted guest rates will be offered at $89.00/night for Thurs – Sat, Feb. 11th – 13th, 2016, check-out no later than Sun AM, Feb. 14th. Although this is a $10/night increase over past yrs, Marriott is giving HVRA attendees and their family members a $5 increase for the discount breakfast buffet tickets from $10 to $15/person/day, inclusive of tax and gratuity, (Fri thru Sun breakfasts). This savings should offset the guest room increase; however, HVRA has no control or assurance of the 2016 undiscounted cost of the breakfast buffet (last year $20.00). Overnight guests will also get free Wi-Fi in their guestrooms.

Please remember, if you are a current Marriott Rewards member, you will receive credit for this stay; however, if you choose to use your member points for this stay, your reservation must be made over the phone or through Marriott’s online website (web link will not let you use your points, only get credit). The current Agreement includes a cutoff date of January 28, 2016, for the HVRA discounted guestroom rates; please try to make reservations prior to that date. We will again try to have the Marriott work with us to extend that date if possible and also to increase the number of rooms allowed to HVRA.

The activities will begin early Friday and continue through the Saturday evening Awards Banquet. The Convention space will be as in past years and we plan to again have a series of Technical Sessions on Friday afternoon. The Board has selected Delco Radio as the featured manufacturer for the 2016 convention. Our 2016 Banquet guest speaker will be Bruce Bramlett. Bruce is currently the Executive Director of the Battleship Texas Foundation. He has given speeches to several State and Federal governmental committees and organizations and has experience entertaining large dinner groups.

Additional information concerning the Old Equipment Contest, Convention Registration Fees, Banquet costs and other pertinent information will be provided on the HVRA website and future Grid Leaks. If anyone has any problems with room reservations or any questions regarding the convention, please contact me at 281-844-4124 (gsirkin@aol.com) and I will attempt to help.


Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-228-9290 or using the Marriott link below:


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Annual Election of Officers – September 26

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.

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Basic Electronics Classes 1-3

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 & 2 here:

HVRA Class I 2015

HVRA Class I 2015 Answers