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Henry Allen passed away June 28, 2020 with his family around him. Henry’s contributions to the Amateur Radio community were beyond calculating. He always went out of his way to give more than he took. He could be absolutely dependable to help any ham or ham businessman in any way, or to merely provide an encouraging word. It often seemed that that is precisely what he lived for.

A little history: Among his many accomplishments Henry designed the original Bug-Catcher antenna and built a strong business around it. He and his friends would pretty much burn up the highways attending one hamfest after another throughout the south, often making 30 or more each year. The Texoma Hamarama was only one of these, but it was his favorite since about 1976. In 2004 he became president when he, Dave Spitler, Mike and Evelyn Curie and some others re-organized the event. Later he oversaw the move to Ardmore when the original location at Lake Texoma was closed. His positive personality, his devotion to the Amateur Radio community and his insistence on proper business dealings came together to make a huge postive contribution to those who knew him. You will notice in the pictures that he usually wore his favorite Alabama Red. The was not only his favorite as a fan, but he said it was for him to be easy to spot in crowds of hams. He knew that people would be always asking him questions, and he seemed to enjoy being about to have helpful answers.

For more details about Henry’s full life see him obituary at: Lynch Funeral Service - Obits

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The 2020 Texoma Hamarama

The 2020 Texoma Hamarama board of directors has discussed the possibiliby of running the hamfest this year. Our decision has been swayed by many factors:

  • The presenece of a growing infection rate from Covid-19 in the Oklahoma and Texas vacinity
  • The age demographic for our typical attendees
  • Complications arising from having to disinfect the convention center during the hamfest

Thus, it is in the interest of public safety, and the safety of YOU our attendees, that we have decided to postpone the event until 2021. Things may well change between now and October, but due the reasons listed above, we believe this is the right thing to do at this time.