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Hamvention® 2018 - Be There!

Hamvention® is important stuff that you have to plan ahead for.  Yes, it takes more than a few hours to get there, yes I know you're busy.... BUT .... Just think of it, hams from around the world can only dream about going to Dayton, and for us, it's practically in our back yard (almost). 

Even if you only go for one day - GO!!!! Even if you don't spend any money - GO!!!! Visit all the dealers, see what's new and what's coming out soon. GO!!!! check out the great ARRL display area and meet some of the ARRL HQ personnel. There are plenty of free forums. GO!!!! just to be there and walk around seeing all the ham gear and hams from around the world is worth the trip.

Who knows, you just may bump into a foreign ham that you made a DX contact with. The outdoor flea market is really something to see - jammed packed with just about everything you can imagine. This is one heck of a flea market. Chances are you will never see a larger one! Many bargains to be had, and don't hesitate to haggle the price a bit lower.

Take a camera and take pictures of everything and everybody!

So, check it out - Friday the 18th, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th in May - the ONLY place to be is at the Hamvention®. 

(PCARS- 2018)

Hamvention to Feature Emergency Communications Display

Hamvention to Feature Emergency Communications Display

This year at Hamvention a special area will be reserved for emergency response groups and individuals to display their emergency communications vehicles, vans and trailers. The goal of the display is for emergency response organizations like ARES, CERT, RACES or any groups interested in amateur radio emergency communications to exhibit the equipment they use for Serving Their Communities.

More info at:   http://hamvention.org/

SOS Radio Week [Month]

This year's SOS Radio Week starts in a just over a weeks’ time. It runs from 1 to 31 May 2018, in line with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute's (RNLI) own Mayday fund-raising events. SOS Radio Week aims to raise awareness of the RNLI through amateur radio and, optionally, raise money. This can be for a specific lifeboat station, or for the RNLI's Mayday fund.

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First Class CW Operators Club celebrating its 80th Anniversary.

During the month of May 2018, the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) will be celebrating their 80th Anniversary.

Between 1st May and 31st May 2018 their members from around the world will be active on the bands working in CW with special call signs, many of them containing the number ‘80’ or an ‘FOC’ suffix. Points will be awarded for working these special calls.

The challenge is being run as a leader board on Club Log, and your ranking in the leader board determines the award level you achieve. To see the full rules, a list of active stations and how to claim the award please see their website at:  https://www.g4foc.org.uk/foc80



Ham Talk Live #111 -- Hamvention Awards

Thursday (4/19) evening at 9 PM ET on Ham Talk Live!, the co-chair of the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee Michael Kalter, W8CI will be on the show to talk about all the award winners for 2018, and we also will have the Amateur of the Year Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L and Technical Achievement Award winner Chip Cohen, W1YW join us to take your questions LIVE!

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