Ham-Com 2014 was on Friday and Saturday 13th and 14th of June 2014 at Plano Centre. This was one of six “Regional ARRL Centennial Events.” The other five regional events are Orlando HamCation®, Dayton Hamvention®, SEA-PAC, Huntsville Hamfest, and Pacificon. Ham-Com 2014 hosted the ARRL West Gulf Division and ARRL Delta Division Celebrations. Special event station W100AW/5 operated from Denton County – Emergency Services – Special Operations – Logistics Support vehicle parked at the Plano Centre.
QCWA Chapter 41 had a table located just outside of the Hillhaven and Lavon meeting rooms across the hallway from the Army MARS table. Three documents were distributed from the QCWA Chapter 41 table: Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc. membership application. QCWA Chapter 41 – Public Info sheet, and QCWA Chapter 41 Membership Registration sheet. Unfortunately, I did not learn until after Ham-Com 2014 that the Chapter 41 Membership Registration sheet should NOT have been on the table because people have submitted this without first being a current member of QCWA.
- Five QCWA Chapter 41 Membership Registration sheets were distributed.
- Nine QCWA membership applications were distributed.
- Ten Chapter 41 – Public Info sheets were distributed.
I sat at the QCWA Chapter 41 table maybe three to four hours each day when not exploring Ham-Com. Arnold Krusemark – K0YVI ate lunch at the QCWA table with me on Friday. Steve Brodie – K5ZYZ stopped at the QCWA Chapter 41 table to visit. Wayne Chaffie – K5USC sat at the table with me a little while. Three guys from the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club squatted at the table on Saturday; unfortunately, I did not get their names or call signs. James Molledahl – AB5FS came by the table Saturday afternoon. He is from Altus, Oklahoma and a member of Chapter 63. Russ Stevens – K5HAT visited the table Saturday afternoon and visited with James Molledahl and myself.
I succeeded in attending only one program: “Spark Transmissions – The Early Days of Ham Radio.” This was very well organized and presented. It also included demonstrations of fixed-gap and rotary-gap transmissions. I managed to get a few minutes of video of the demonstrations.
Keith – WB5RBA