ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014

Hartford, Connecticut
Thursday, July 17, 2014

ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Saturday, July 19, 2014

Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, Connecticut 06103

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UPDATE: On-Line registration has CLOSED. No cancellations, refunds or modifications to existing registrations can be made after June 30. On-site registration begins Friday at 8:00 AM. 2-day tickets (Fri & Sat) are $30 at the door.

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2014 ARRL National Centennial Convention Program Guide

Come celebrate! Thousands of members and friends of ARRL will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, ARRL's birthplace, to celebrate the organization's first 100 years of members "Advancing the Art and Science of Radio." Founded in 1914, ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US and the largest organization of radio amateurs, or "hams," in the world.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 [Thursday Registration has CLOSED]
  • All-Day Training Tracks: (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) public service, technology, radiosport, and more!
  • Lunch with special guest speaker [SOLD OUT]
  • International Guests "Welcome" Reception
  • Short bus trip to tour ARRL headquarters and W1AW
Friday & Saturday, July 18-19, 2014
  • Exhibit Hall featuring ARRL program representatives, Amateur Radio manufacturers, equipment sellers, and an indoor flea market. Hours: Friday 9 AM to 5 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Dozens of forums and presentations
  • Amateur Radio License Examinations, 10 AM and 2 PM (Hartford Marriott Hotel)
  • Friday night ARRL Centennial Banquet [SOLD OUT] with keynote speaker, FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate, KK4INZ.
  • ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony, Friday 10:00 PM
  • Short bus trip to tour ARRL headquarters and W1AW
  • Saturday morning Presidents Breakfast [SOLD OUT]
  • Closing ceremony Saturday evening
Sunday, July 20, 2014
  • No Convention Center activities
  • Short bus trip to tour ARRL headquarters and W1AW

While attending the convention, enjoy a tour of ARRL Headquarters and W1AW, the Hiram P. Maxim Memorial Station (pictured below) in Newington, Connecticut—just outside of Hartford.

Connecticut Convention Center

Amateur Radio License Examinations (VE Exams)
Friday & Saturday, July 18-19, 2014 -- Exam sessions at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Hartford Marriott Downtown

ARRL VEC sponsored Amateur License examinations for all levels will be offered during the convention at the Hartford Marriott Downtown (attached to convention center). Exam sessions will be conducted in the Capital Room on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam session to ensure your spot. A photo ID and a copy of your current license (if applicable) is required. Convention admission (convention registration) is not required to test. For more information visit, email or call the ARRL VEC office at 860-594-0300.

ARRL Youth Activities

The following activities and presentations have been organized for young radio amateurs and their friends. Remember, convention admission is FREE for youth 21 years-of-age and younger on Friday & Saturday (2-day ticket), but registration is required. Advance registration is recommended.

ARRL Discovery Station
Friday and Saturday - Exhibit Hall (ARRL exhibit area)
Visit the ARRL Discovery Station booth to enjoy hands-on exhibits to help visitors to understand the basics of radio waves, and projects that young people can explore in the exciting world of Amateur Radio. Discover the different parts of what makes up a radio wave, try out some of the electronic kits available through the ARRL Education & Technology Program, and get inspired to create something of your own. Check out robots, a CubeSat (satellite) simulator, and an audio-frequency oscillator with an oscilloscope display and speakers — to help visitors understand the relationship between amplitude and frequency. If radio technology and electronics interests you...or if you're just getting started in ham'll want to start here at ARRL Discovery Station!

Friday, 1 PM - Forum Room (TBD)
ARRL Youth: Fox Hunt
Presenter: Tommy Gober, N5DUX 
Young radio amateurs are invited to come explore the basics of radio direction finding as we hunt for hidden radio transmitters...a "Fox Hunt!" We will use directional antennas to hunt down two secret transmitters.

Friday, 2 PM - Forum Room (TBD)
Youth Forum #1
Presenters: Carole Perry, WB2MGP and Kyle Watt, KD2DWC: An opportunity for youth (and all radio amateurs and visitors) to see a project on "Rapid Deployment of Antennas for Portable Operations” developed by Kyle, KD2DWC.

Friday, 3 PM - Forum Room (TBD)
ARRL Youth: Discovery Station
Presenter: Tommy Gober, N5DUX 
Young radio amateurs are invited to come learn some of the hows and whys of some of the activities being tried in the Discovery Station booth in the ARRL exhibition area. Learn the basics of frequency, amplitude and how we can interact with simple circuits.

Saturday, 9 AM - Forum Room (TBD)
ARRL Youth: Scavenger Hunt
Presenter: Tommy Gober, N5DUX 
Young radio amateurs are invited to join us as we search for various items in and around the Centennial Convention. There will be prizes for being "first to find" certain individual items as well as first to complete the entire list.

Saturday, 10 AM - Forum Room (TBD)
Youth Forum #2
Presenters: Carole Perry, WB2MGP, Devlin Murray, KC2PIX and Chris Blackwood, KD2CXC: A youth's perspective on robotics, Amateur Radio, and public service, including a demonstration of the robotic device the young people have built.

Saturday, 11 AM - Forum Room (TBD)
ARRL Youth Radio Lab
Presenter: Tommy Gober, N5DUX 
Young radio amateurs are invited to try an exciting, hands-on activity. Join us to build a simple crystal radio, discover how the crystal radio works and leave with a radio receiver all your own!

 Spouse or Companion Ticket

This ticket option is intended for accompanying family members that are not directly participating in the convention activities. Alternate activities (trips to museums and local attractions) and convention meals (banquet, etc.) will be offered after selecting this ticket option.

     Mark Twain House & Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Friday, July 18
Tour and lunch: $25 (SOLD OUT)
This activity has been organized for spouses or other family companions not participating directly in the convention programming. Participants will take a charter coach bus ride from the Convention Center at 10 AM to the nearby Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Guided tours of both historic sites will be given. Lunch (a sandwich and drink) is included. Finish the day with a short shopping excursion to nearby Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center (weather and time permitting) before returning to the Convention Center at 4 PM. Advance registration required.

     Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum - Saturday, July 19

     Tour: $10 (SOLD OUT)

This activity has been organized for spouses or other family companions not participating directly in the convention programming. Participants will gather outside the Convention Center at 10 AM to walk together to the nearby Wadsworth Atheneum (6 minute walk), the oldest public art museum in the United States. Enjoy a docent-guided tour. The museum facility includes five connected buildings, including its distinctive castle-like building--a Hartford, Connecticut landmark. The Museum Café is open for lunch and offers freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and pastries. Return to the Convention Center at your leisure. Advance registration required.

Connecticut Science Center
Half Price Admission!
Convention attendees and their accompanying guests will enjoy half price admission to the Connecticut Science Center throughout the convention. Simply show your convention registration badge when purchasing tickets at the Science Center, or pickup a half-price admission voucher at the ARRL Centennial Convention Help and Information Desk during the convention. Valid through Sunday, July 20.

Join us in celebrating 100 years!


Contact Information

  • ARRL
    8 AM to 5 PM ET M-F
    tel 860-594-0200

Payment Instructions

  • Online registration is CLOSED. Please register on-site beginning Friday at 8 AM.

    2-Day Ticket
    Fri & Sat
    Adults $30 on-site
    Youth* FREE (on-site registration is required)
    Includes Friday and Saturday Exhibit Hall and access to all forums and general sessions.

    *Youth rates apply to persons 21 years of age and younger.

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