Hamvention 2014: Saturday Recap
Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY
QST Managing Editor
The second day of Hamvention® 2014 kicked off with several well-attended forums. Two ARRL forums -- “Getting Started With Antenna Modeling,” by Ward Silver, N0AX, and a second showing of “ARRL at 100: A Century of Ham Radio” – were standing room only. The Hamvention Youth Forum drew about 70 attendees of all ages and featured presentations from young hams, as well as door prizes donated by major manufacturers.
Speaking of equipment, new gear seen on Saturday included FlexRadio’s Flex 6300, a software defined radio for 160 through 6 meters; the TeleSense remote site monitoring system from Sierra Radio Systems, which offers station, repeater, and site monitoring via a web or cell phone interface, and Hendricks QRP Kits’ MBDC model, a multiband CW transceiver.
The afternoon brought more ARRL forums. Ward Silver, N0AX, returned to the speaker’s podium in the afternoon for “Impedance Matching 101,” which drew a capacity crowd. The popular ARRL Member Forum began with the awarding of the 2014 William R. Goldfarb Memorial scholarship to Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS. After that, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, spoke about “Amateur Radio and the Law,” followed by an address from ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Kay’s talk covered a range of topics, including the ARRL Centennial Convention, Centennial operating events, and the Second Century Campaign.
For more photos, see the Dayton Hamvention 2014 photo album on the ARRL’s Facebook page.