Hamvention Sunday Free of Charge to All

Hamvention Sunday Free of Charge to All

Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors to Hamvention each spring.

In addition to the features and equipment that attract radio amateurs, non-ham visitors will get to see vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment, including computers and accessories, security devices, networking supplies, tools and other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area may be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.

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OPINION : State of the Amateur / Ham Radio Hobby Results are in ...

OPINION : State of the Amateur / Ham Radio Hobby Results are in ...

The results of N8RMA’s 2019 State of the Hobby Survey are now in. As my ICQPodcast co-host, Frank, K4FMH, this isn’t a scientific study, as those who responded to the survey weren’t randomly chosen, but it’s still an interesting survey. Here are a few observations:

  • 53% of the respondents are Extra Class operators. Since more than 50% of hams in the U.S. are Tech Class operators, this survey isn’t representative of all hams, but rather active hams. On a related note, respondents report an average of more than 30 years in the hobby. For all licensed hams, that’s got to be a lot less.

  • The question, “Which common areas of an amateur radio test are most worrisome to you?” elicited pretty much the expected response. Technical topics top the list, although I am a bit surprised that antennas and feedlines scored so low.

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Intrepid Spirit Award Winner Annouced

Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, the radio amateur who was detained in Chad for several days after his TT8KO DXpedition was shut down, has won the Intrepid Spirit Award from the Intrepid-DX Group. The honor was announced over the weekend at the annual International DX Convention in Visalia, California.

This award is to recognize Ken’s outstanding efforts to activate Malawi — 7Q7GIA; Comoros — D67GIA; Equatorial Guinea — 3C7A; Central African Republic — TL8AO; Congo — TN5E; Somalia — 6O6O, and Chad — TT8KO. We acknowledge Ken’s pursuit of operating excellence in making these difficult activations.
— Intrepid-DX Group

The Intrepid Spirit Award memorializes James McLaughlin, T6AF, an Intrepid-DX Group member, who died in Afghanistan in 2011.

“The award is intended to recognize and honor those individuals or teams that boldly activate rare entities where their own personal safety is secondary to their pursuit of providing contacts to the DX community,” the award announcement said. “While we do not encourage DXers to go into harm’s way, we recognize that circumstances sometimes require that and we recognize those intrepid DXers with the Intrepid Spirit Award.”