2018 Annual Convention Recognizes HVRA’s 40th Anniversary

     Jerry Sirkin, V.P and Convention Chairman

Link to the Registration Form

Link to the Marriott Hotel for  Room Registration

Link to the Contest Information Page

Auction information links to be added soon, check back

Location: Houston Marriott North (Greenspoint Area)   Dates: February 9th and 10th

For all HVRA guestroom reservations confirmed prior to January 25, 2018, discounted rates will be $91.00/night (including free Wi-Fi) for Thursday – Sat, Feb. 8th – 10th, check out no later than Sun. AM, Feb. 11th.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-228-9290 or through the HVRA web link (see HVRA.org for the Marriott web link). HVRA has blocked out 65 standard guest rooms (5 for Thursday, 35 for Friday, 25 for Saturday). We will try to have the Marriott work with us to extend the discount cut-off date and increase the number of discounted rooms per night as availability allows; please make reservations early. If your desired room type is not available or if you have any problems making reservations, please contact me. The Marriott is also discounting their buffet breakfast to $15.00 (including tip and gratuity) for Fri. – Sun.  Coupons will be given to all HVRA members attending the Convention and their family guests (you do not need to be an overnight guest to receive this discounted breakfast).

Convention Theme

Theme for this Convention: Four Men Who Were Instrumental In The Development Of Radio – Marconi, DeForest, Armstrong, SarnoffOn Friday, HVRA Board Member Jeff Heller will give a presentation addressing this same topic: Myths, Legends And The Real Story About The Big Four Founders Of Modern Radio – Marconi, DeForest, Armstrong, Sarnoff.

Events will include: Contest Room, Three Auction Sessions, Swap Meet, 40th Anniversary Displays, Cash Concessions, Awards Banquet Dinner and Guest Speaker Dan Gallo from Country Legends FM radio station 97.1.  Please see future Grid Leak and website articles for complete details.

The Board of Directors has reviewed ways to present a financially sound Annual Convention to the Membership. In order to continue conducting auctions for this two day event, provide comfortable convention space, contests, tech talks and banquet, we are increasing pre-registration and on-site registration fees by $5.00 and will increase the commission retained by HVRA from the sale of each lot from 10% to 15% (estate sales will be at an equal or greater commission.) HVRA will continue the practice held since 1978 of retaining a 10% commission from lots sold at auctions held during the regularly scheduled general membership meetings.

This Convention will recognize the 40 years of HVRA.  In addition to our usual auctions, swap meet, tech talk, and banquet activities, we will have one display room dedicated to the history of HVRA….”how we started”….”what we’ve done”….”where we’re going”.  Please contact me if you have photos of past events or can lend/donate historical HVRA items, logos, banners etc.  We need volunteers to assist with the development of ideas, set up and tear down of displays and possibly monitoring any valuable items contributed to this room. Please contact me with any comments.


As a member of HVRA this is your convention and it is only as good as we make it.  We need your help with packing, labeling and transporting estate items, setting up convention displays,  recording during the auctions (yes, you can still bid), assistance as an auction handler.  If you would like to find out how you can volunteer to help with the convention please contact me.  Get your license to complain.  Volunteer!

Additional information about the 2018 Convention will be updated as it becomes available.  Please direct questions or comments to Jerry Sirkin (gsirkin@aol.com) or 281-844-4124.