Charleston Hamfest & Computer Show, Inc.
PO Box 916
St. Albans, WV 25177




The Charleston Area Hamfest and Computer Show, Inc. December 10th, 2018 meeting was held in the
Shoney’s Restaurant, Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston, WV.

Attendance: (8)   Randy Damron, N8XEA; Terry Sanner, WV8V; Fred Vickers, WV8FV; Dave Poe. W8IW;
                               Rick Cummings, WV8RC; Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY; Dave Ellis, WA8WV;
                               Russ Dean, KE8DMB, and Edsil Prunty, KA8ISQ.

The meeting was called to Order at 5:55 PM by President, Randy Damron, N8XEA.

Minutes: Ann, KA8ZGY, presented minutes of the September 24th, 2018 with motion by Dave, W8IW,

seconded by Fred to approve as presented, motion carried..

Treasurers Report: No report. It was noted that tickets have been ordered.


  • Charleston Civic Center Contract: Randy, N8XEA, reports the contract with the Charleston Civic Center
  • has been signed and we will have the North Hall, same as last year. Date is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019.    
  •   It is reported that the Civic Center Sign will promote the Hamfest.


  • Vendor Letters/Flyers: Randy reported the vendor letters with flyer had been mailed.


  • Prizes (Hourly, Half Hour, Forums); Randy reported Short Wave Radio ($25.00 +/-) have been
  • purchased and will have at the next meeting for demo.


  • Major Prizes:  Randy reported major prizes will be similar to last year ($500;00 cash;
  • Alinco 2 Meter Mobile; 30 Amp Power Supply).
    Security: Edsil, KA8ISQ, will need to coordinate number and location of stations. Terry, WV8V, volunteer to solicit
  • assistance from KARC members.
  • Ticket Booth: Randy reports will probably need to have tables outside the doors to the Hall,
  • more to come. Terry will solicit KARC volunteers to sell tickets.
  • Table Set-Up:Rick, WV8RC, reports unable to determine exact floor set-up until more request received as only
  • about 15 reservations at this time. Table cost $12:00 each and $10.00 additional, if want electric.


  • ARRL WV Section Convention: Ann, KA8ZGY, reported, Roanoke Division Director, James Boehner, N2ZZ,
  • approved our request for WV Section Convention on June 30th, 2018 email and it is now posted on the ARRL
  • website as the WV Section Convention. We will need to confirm with ARRL if we will have an ARRL HQ
  • representative to attend and provide an ARRL program, as the ARRL Program Manager has changed and
  • no action would be taken until after the first of the year (2019).   Ann will begin contact with the new
  • ARRL Program Manager. NOTE: New Roanoke Division Director, George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU,
    effective January 1st, 2019.


  • ARRL VE Session: Terry, WV8V and Dave, W8IW report the ARRL Charleston VE Group will hold the VE Testing Session.


  • KARC Communications Trailer: Edsil presented the query if the KARC would be allowed,
    if space available, to display the trailer at the Hamfest – not action at this time.


  • KARC Table 2018: Terry, WV8V, reported the KARC will have Club table for donation.


Charleston Hamfest Committee

December 10th, 2018
Meeting Minutes, Page 2

  • Scouts (Boy/Girl/Cubs): Terry, WV8V, continues to contact the Scout Headquarter and provide the following information. –
    He has been working with the Scouts related to merit badges and their interest in amateur radio. He presented the need to
    improve relations and proposed, with the consensus of those in attendance, the Scouts (Boy/Girl) be allowed to attend the
    Hamfest for FREE as long as they are in full uniform, and the Cub scouts would be no charge as they are under 12 years of age.
    The parents would be subject to the regular Entry Fee. Terry will notify the Scout Headquarters of the offer for the
    Scouts (Boy/Girl/Cubs) to attend hamfest.
  • Stream to KARC FB Site: Edsil reported he will attempt to contact the KARC FB webmaster and stream the
    event for additional publication.
  • Admission/Entry Fee: (REMINDER) Entry fee for 2019 event will be $8.00.
  • ARRL/ARES®/Technical Forums & WVSARC Meeting: Randy, N8XEA, reports will plan for these forums.

Proposed: 10:00 AM ARRL/ARES®; 11:00 AM Yaesu FusionFT8(not confirmed) ; 11:00 AM WVSARC Meeting:
12Noon ARRL VE Exams
. (Other suggested forums – Satellite program; NWS; and possible an AuxCom Table.)
Members will solicit requests.


  • Poster / FlyerAdvertisements: Randy presented for discussion the need to have large posters to display at
    specific locations, i.e. Radio Shack. Cabela’s, Keller Survival in Cross Lanes, with decision of the group being
    to have four (4) posters 24” x 30” made for display purposes and to include all pertinent information
    such as included on Flyer.


  • Radio Museum:Randy reports the Radio Museum group will be returning.
  • Load-In--Set-Up: Friday, March 22, 2019, afternoon (3:00 PM) and Saturday, March 23, 2019,
    morning (6:00 AM) along with other Hamfest/KARC volunteers.


  • Talk –In: not confirmed at this time.



There being no other business it was move and approve the meeting be adjourned.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 14th, 2019
                               5:30 PM -------- Shoney’s Restaurant, Boulevard, Charleston, WV

L. Ann Rinehart,    KA8ZGY, Secretary



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