National convention

Extended ARRL Team to Support February ARRL National Convention in Orlando


A large ARRL team of volunteer members, program representatives and presenters will take the convention theme forward by inviting attendees to “Rediscover Radio” at Orlando HamCationhost of the 2022 ARRL National Convention from February 10-13. extended list workshops, exhibits and activities will educate and entertain radio amateurs engaged in developing knowledge and skills in radio technology and radio communication.

The convention will take place in two parts. On Thursday, February 10, a one-day ARRL National Convention Program will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. Pre-registration is required and includes a series of one-day ARRL training paths and a National Convention lunch. Registration can be completed in line.

DX-Engineering is the Official Program Sponsor of the ARRL 2022 National Convention.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 11-13, HamCation will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park in Orlando – an 87-acre lakeside fairground. The convention marks the 75th anniversary of HamCation – one of the largest annual gatherings of radio amateurs in the United States. HamCation Tickets can be purchased online until January 31 and at the door during the event.

The centerpiece of the ARRL’s participation will be a large exhibit area in the East and West Halls. Nearly a dozen ARRL program areas will be represented, including Radiosport and DXCC Card Checking, Radio Clubs, Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Development and the ARRL Foundation.

A series of exhibits organized by ARRL’s Department of Education and Learning will include an introduction to the new ARRL Learning Center. ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, will introduce this new member benefit that includes online courses, videos, and other amateur radio instruction and training. In another booth, Tommy Gober, Instructor for the ARRL Education and Technology Program, N5DUX, will cover the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology.

The ARRL invited several amateur radio content creators from popular YouTube channels to meet and interact with attendees in the exhibit area. Josh Nass, KI6NAZ, of the popular YouTube channel “Ham Radio Crash Course”, will host. He is the 2020 recipient of the ARRL Bill Leonard Award for Outstanding Published Media Advancing Amateur Radio. Visitors will have the chance to meet ARRL authors and editors.

ARRL Lab engineers and volunteers will offer free testing of visitors’ portable radios. This service will determine the spectral purity of the output signal from their radios.

Members and other attendees can meet with ARRL elected officials and field organization volunteers at the Southeast Division booth to keep up to date with events and explore opportunities to get involved through their ARRL chapters and radio clubs.

The exhibition area will also include the ARRL store and membership area, where visitors can join, renew or expand ARRL and diamond club memberships and purchase Field Day 2022 publications, apparel, and merchandise. New ARRL Membership Director, Matt Caruso, will be looking forward to meeting and welcoming members.

ARRL sponsors three forums at HamCation:

  • An ARRL emergency communications panel will be held at 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. The panel will be moderated by ARRL Director of Emergency Management, Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and will include panelists from the ARRL Southeast Division field organization.
  • Saturday at 2 p.m. EST, ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Advisors Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, and Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, will lead a Collegiate Amateur Radio Forum. ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative is a regular source of networking among active campus radio clubs and their student members.
  • An ARRL Members Forum will be held on Saturday at 3:15 p.m., hosted by Southeast Division Manager Mickey Baker, N4MB. This forum provides an opportunity to hear from ARRL representatives about key areas of member interest and advocacy for radio amateurs and to learn how the ARRL supports dozens of ways to get involved and get involved. to be active on the airwaves. Panelists will include President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and CEO David Minster, NA2AA.

The Thursday training tracks at the DoubleTree Hotel are organized as one-day workshops led by experienced presenters. Four tracks offered include Contest University (CTU), Emergency Communications Academy, Hands-On Manual, and Academy of Technology. Registration includes a seat at the National Convention luncheon, which will include an opening address by David Minster.

The contest college will debut in the ARRL Southeast Division. CTU President Tim Duffy, K3LR, hosted the workshop with Teri Grizer, K8MNJ, bringing together a team of experienced competitors as presenters and instructors. Presentations will include Fred Kleber, K9VV/NP2X, on “Contesting and Emergency Preparedness from the Caribbean”; Chris Blake, NX4N, and George Wagner, K5KG, on “Mobile QSO Party Contesting”; Luis Romero, W4LT, on “SSB Contest Audio Features” and Claudio Veroli, I4VEQ, on “2022/23 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC)”. Duffy will present “The Antenna Notebook”. Max Fountain, KJ4EUT, will provide a youth perspective, covering ways to use amateur radio contests to attract more young people to amateur radio and retain them.

The Emergency Communications Academy was organized by ARES® letter Editor Rick Palm, K1CE and EmComm Instructor Gordon Gibby, KX4Z. A panel of nationally recognized experts and trainers will lead this workshop, which will cover EmComm news, techniques, hardware and software. Presenters include C. Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE; Helen Straughn, WC4FSU; Leland Gallup, AA3YB; Arc Thames, W4CPD; Christine Duez, K4KJN; Earl McDow, K4ZSW, and Jeff Capehart, W4UFL. ARRL staff, including Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, and Director of Field Services Mike Walters, W8ZY, will be on site.

Nass will lead the Hands-On Manual Training track. Presenters will dive deeper into a handful of popular amateur radio activities. Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, of the “Ham Radio 2.0” YouTube channel will present “Getting Started in Parks on the Air (POTA)”. Additional presentations will feature Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, on ​​“Amateur Satellites — Broadcasting and Operating from (Almost) Anywhere; Kyle Krieg, AA0Z, with “Introduction to Remote Operation” and Tommy Gober, Education and Technology Program Instructor, N5DUX, with “Coding in Amateur Radio.”

ARRL Pacific Division Director Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, will lead the Technology Academy. “Amateur radio is based on technology. The more we know about how things work, the more effective we can be as radio operators,” said McIntyre, who will also share a presentation on SWR. ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will present “Compliance with New RF Exposure Rules,” covering the rules and recent FCC changes. Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, will present “Digital Communications Technology,” offering an understanding of how information travels through the air and how digital communication works. Joel Wilhite, KD6W, will present “Digital Amateur Television – A New Paradigm”. It will include a review of TV broadcast technology deployed in the US market, including ATSC 3.0 – Next Gen TV, and share opportunities that will influence the next generation of digital amateur TV. Bob McGwier, N4HY, will present “ARDC Technical Projects and GEO/HEO Spacecraft Proposals,” discussing major projects supported by Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to advance meaningful technical innovation in amateur radio. ARRL Central Division Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, who serves on the ARRL’s EMC Committee, will also present a “Solar Cycle 25 Update and the Link Between Space Weather and Propagation.”

The Orlando Amateur Radio Club sponsors the Orlando HamCation. Hundreds of volunteers, including radio amateurs from radio clubs across the region, help support the event. More details on the convention are available at and