HamCom festivities kicked off June 8th and another great year of fun was had by many in Plano. The standing room only crowd at the ARRL Forum enjoyed a conversation with ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR as he took a trip down memory lane and then accepted his challenge of bringing more people into the community by mentoring, attending more club meetings and celebrating Amateur Radio more distinctly at every opportunity.
On behalf of the ARRL, Director Woolweaver presented the Cover Plaque Award presented to Phil Salas, AD5X – February 2012, QST Covered Plaque Award – “A Relay-Based Full Break-In TR Switch for Your Vintage System.”
On behalf of the Division, Director Woolweaver congratulated the category winners of the 2012 WGD QSL Card Contest:
- Winner Best Graphic – Steve Frerking, KE5CNS
- Winner Most Humorous –NU5DE, Naturist ARC, represented by Trustee Bob Redoutey
- N5KF Winner Best Photo – Mike Olbrisch, KD9KC
All of the category winners received a Dual Band HT (donated by our sponsors Main Trading Company and Austin Amateur Radio Supply).
Director Woolweaver announced that the Grand Prize Winner was KD9KC who took home an MFJ Antenna Analyzer for his efforts.
Awards were also presented to various Assistant Directors for their contributions in the past year:
- John Dyer, AE5B – 2012 Assistant Director Service Award, Dynamic Duo Membership
- Carla Dyer, K5RLA – 2012 Assistant Director Service Award, Dynamic Duo Membership
- Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN – 2012 Assistant Director Service Award, Internet Services and Radio Scouting
- Gary Lewis, WG5L – 2012 Assistant Director Service Award, Internet Services (new website)
On behalf of the Amateur community at large, Director Woolweaver was joined by Tom Whiteside, N5TW in presenting the DX Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard King, K5NA.
Other HamCom notable items was the launch of the NTX ARRL Mentoring Booth, where new and experienced hams could go and ask questions about radio selection, upgrading, antennas, on-air activities and public service. The brain child of NTX SM Walt Mayfield, KE5SOO the Mentor Booth was designed to build on the “elmering” tradition by providing a place for Hams of all ages and experience levels to come together, exchange knowledge and make new friends while having fun and enjoying the great hobby of Amateur Radio.
Now that HamCom is in the record books, we can look forward to two great events coming up soon; Ham Holiday which is serving as the OK Section Convention, July 27 and 28th and then, the Texas State Convention being held at the Austin Summerfest, August 3rd and 4th.
Please see the Planned Events news story and the Calendar page for more information on these and other upcoming ARRL sanctioned events.