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October 5, 2020 

ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® Postponed to February 2022

NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT — ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) have announced that the ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® — which is hosting the convention — have been postponed until February 10 – 13, 2022. The convention was to be held in February 2021 in Orlando, Florida. “The joint decision came after considering the national public health emergency including the health and safety of all participants, the uncertainty that continues to impact our organizations, and the reluctance to travel to, and attend, large events,” said ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. “We regret the disruption to the hard work already completed by so many volunteers preparing for the ARRL National Convention and HamCation.”

“While postponing was a difficult decision, our top priority is delivering a safe and successful HamCation experience for everyone, including our attendees, dedicated volunteers, exhibitors, and service partners,” said General Chairman Michael Cauley, W4MCA. OARC President John Knott, N4JTK noted that holding the convention in 2022 will mark the 75th anniversary of HamCation — one of the largest annually held gatherings of radio amateurs in the US. The published gate figure for 2020 was 24,200 (all 3 days). “We want our diamond anniversary show to be an exciting, 5-star event,” said Knott. “We look forward to seeing you in Orlando in 2022, and hope that you and your loved ones remain safe in the months to come.”

A full day of National Convention programming and training sessions was previously scheduled to precede HamCation and will be rescheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022. HamCation will host the rest of the convention on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 11-13, 2022 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park in Orlando — an 87-acre lakefront fairgrounds.

Cauley says they may organize some online presentations and programs for what would have been 2021 HamCation, February 12-14, 2021. An on-air QSO party is also being considered. The HamCation website, www.hamcation.com, will soon include details, including information for anyone seeking refunds and other options for pre-purchased tickets and exhibit space. HamCation can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Further details and any changes will be shared via these official websites:

For information about ARRL and amateur radio, visit www.arrl.org and www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

Quick Facts

ARRL_HamCation_Circle3_F.jpgWhat: 2022 ARRL National Convention, hosted by Orlando HamCation

When/Where: 

  • ARRL National Convention special all-day program — Thursday, February 10, 2022; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld, 10100 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821; ARRL will announce program details and registration information in 2021.
  • Orlando HamCation® — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 11-13, 2022; Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Florida 32808; Watch for further details on tickets and information about forums, exhibits (including information for vendors and tailgaters), testing, travel, and preferred hotels with special rates.

Official Websites:

www.hamcation.com
www.arrl.org/expo

Other Related Activities and Information:

The Florida Contest Group (FCG) Contest Banquet — Friday, February 11, 2022 — www.floridacontestgroup.org

Orlando travel planning — www.visitorlando.com

What is amateur radio (or “ham radio”) — www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

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10/05/2020 | ARRL News | ARRL National Convention and Orlando Hamcation® Postponed to February 2022

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