North Texas Section - American Radio Relay League

Mentorfest 2020

ARRL NTX Section MentorFest

Mentorfest Flyer

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2020 Mentorfest
October 17, 2020

Hosted by the Hella Hams 
for the
North Texas Section
American Radio Relay League

If you would like to be a presenter,
Please sign up here >>> Sign Up Genius Presenters <<<

Want a table for your club?
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Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Hella Shrine Center, 2121 Rowlett Rd., Garland, TX 75043 [Google Map & Directions]
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The Garland Hella Hams and the ARRL North Texas Section would like to invite all current and prospective Hams to attend Mentorfest! This event is a great way for Hams, especially those recently licensed, to meet and learn about a variety of subjects. Amateur radio operators have a great tradition of helping each other learn about and gain experience in the many facets of the hobby. Mentorfest is designed to build on this 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.

Here are some of the things you can expect at Mentorfest...

  • Formal presentations on a number of topics.
  • Local clubs providing information on their activities.
  • “Elmers” (ham-speak for mentors) available for informal discussions on just about any topic.
  • Tours of emergency communications vehicles.
  • Representatives from the ARRL, ARES/RACES, REACT, National Weather Service and others showing how you can get involved.

Amateur License Testing - 1:00p - 4:00p

If you wish to test for a new license, or upgrade your existing license, bring $14 and a photo ID.  

If possible, please RSVP to


TIME Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6
6:00 - 8:45  
9:00 - 9:45            
10:00 - 10:45            
11:00 - 11:45            
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:45            
2:00 - 2:45            
3:00 - 3:45            
3:45 - 5:00 Tear Down and Clean Up


Presenters:  We'd like to thank all of the volunteer mentors for their presentations!

All ARRL affiliated clubs are encouraged to participate in Mentorfest by at least having an information table with club representatives. The ARRL will be promoting Mentorfest to new Hams so there should be opportunities for clubs to recruit new members.

If your club or group is interested in participating in Mentorfest, please send E-mail to


Volunteers are needed to help will the following tasks...

  • Parking lot control for EmComm vehicle static displays
  • Greeters to help direct attendees to where to get the answers they seek.

If you are able to volunteer, please send E-mail to


In addition to the formal presentations, mentoring will be available on a large range of topics. Many amateur radio clubs, individual Hams and organizations with ties to amateur radio will be at Mentorfest to answer questions and provide demonstrations in a very informal setting.

If you ever wanted to learn more about a certain aspect of Amateur Radio, you should be able to find answers to most questions at Mentorfest. Check out the growing list of groups participating and see what topics they will be covering and equipment or techniques they will be demonstrating.

If you have something amateur radio related that you would like to show and tell about, please consider attending Mentorfest. Your excitement about a favorite subject might be an inspiration to another Ham. Come share your knowledge and experience.

You can send E-mail to to let us know about a topic you're interested in learning about or to let us know that you're interested in being a Mentor. Mentorfest should be a great place to exchange knowledge and make new friends.