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Help a Ham 2017



Hey Y'all. It is Christmas. Let's get together and help someone this year. Do you know of a ham that needs a little help this year? It can be a new ham , an old ham or a very young ham. We want to help them get some gear this Christmas. First, to nominate someone please email their call sign, name , address, phone number and even email address to christy@maintradingcompany.com . Please be sure to include a little bit about the ham in need and why they need a little help this year. It is perfectly OK to nominate yourself but we may have to do a little verification so we made need some references if you are in need yourself. All Nominations must be in by 12-16-16


Second, we have created this "product" on our page right here. This "Help a ham" Product only costs $1.00 . You do not have to know anyone  that needs help to do this. You can buy one or as many as you want. You will get a receipt for your purchase. This is probably not tax deductible


On December 20th we will start looking at all of the "nominations." Our panel of Judges (the employees of MTC) will pick a winner


We will total up all of the dollars spent and we will kick in $500.  We will donate one hundred percent of the dollars raised minus any of the credit card/paypal fees, which should average three percent, toward the purchase price (at dealer cost) of any products we sell or can acquire. We will also be in contact with a few manufacturers to see if they can do anything to make this money go as far as possible. We will try and find out what kind of gear this lucky ham needs and get it to him or her for Christmas. We will post the dollar amount raised on our site and on our facebook page as well as announce the winner. We would also like to announce all of the folks that donated on our page and on our facebook page. Please include your callsign if you have one. If you would rather remain anonymous just type that in the order comments. We may change something up here to keep it legal and all so check back often. If you make this purchase you will not receive anything other than a receipt via email. You may however get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing you helped some ham at Christmas



In December of 2016 we thought it would be a great idea to try and help a ham out there that may need a little assistance in getting on the air. We asked for nominations or suggestions from our large customer base. We  received eighteen total nominations with some of them coming in for the same ham in need.

We sold, on our website, basically a donation for a gift certificate. We agreed to kick in at least $500. $871 Donations came in on the website, in the store and even at a hamfest we attended in December

Below is a list of folks that donated that didn't choose to remain anonymous.

Mike Currie. Margena Skuravy, Donald Kemp, Edward Warzecha, Sam Burnes, Budd Dunson, James Jones, Sam Burnes, George Zafiropoulos, Danny Shive, Stephen Elliot, Toby Roberson, Andrew Ellis, Sam Burnes, Matt Patterson, Craig Boyer, Nik Lutz, Sam Burnes, Rocky Wilson, Rebekkah Whiting, Ken Keese, Dennis Little, Richard Lesnik, Charles Vincent, Henry "BugCatcher" Allen, Kevin Vickers, Royce Rainwater, Terrel Cantrell, Edwin Matthews, Jennifer Scott, Clark Highsmith, Paul Bernard, Tom Stephens, Shane Ronan, Allen Herrick, Lawrence Kelar, Leo Salas, Jim Ed Clark, Frank and Sue Perras, Levis and Others from the Minden La Hamfest as well as several that chose to remain anonymous.

Out of all the nominations that came in, we had a hard decision to make and we wanted to make the money go as far as possible

As mentioned earlier, Multiple nominations came in for some of the same people. We took that into consideration as well. The Staff at MTC met early this morning 12-21-16 and decided on Sending a Kenwood TS-2000 to Randy Leftwich K5RWL of Beaumont Tx-Congrats to Randy


There was another Ham that we wanted to help too

Judy Cox KG5HCR of Cleburne Texas. We are sending her a Kenwood TM-V71A dual Band mobile, with coax and a dual band base antenna.

There are a couple of others that we are going to try and do a little something for as well.

We wanted to help all of them but with the above items we are well over the dollar amount that we have to work with. If you think you may want to help a ham this year and didnt get in on this, please contact us. We have some folks out there that need some help

Thank you all, God Bless and Happy Holidays

Richard and Christine Lenoir

And the staff at MTC