ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014

Hartford, Connecticut
Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Centennial Banquet's Keynote Speaker for
Friday, July 18, 2014:

Craig Fugate, KK4INZ

FEMA Administrator

  Thursday's lunch will feature guest speaker, First ARRL Vice President, Rick Roderick, K5UR
  Nobel Prize Winner, Joe Taylor, K1JT, will speak Saturday July 19, 2014 at noon

Thursday Training Track Details

Leadership and Training Tools for Amateur Radio

Facilitator:  Katie Allen, WY7KRA 


“Building a Successful Club” – Thomas Sly, WB8LCD

“Using Web-based Tools for Success” – Bill Edgar, N3LLR

“Applying Project Management Strategies to Promote Successful Amateur Radio Ventures” – Paul Beeman, W2PB

“Using Social Media To Support and Grow Amateur Radio” – Katie Allen, WY7KRA

"Leading Hams and Herding Cats...All it Takes is Food" - Jack Ciaccia, WMØG

Public Service Communications Academy

Facilitator: Mike Corey, KI1U

Confirmed Speakers:

Ted Okada, K4HNL, Chief Technology Officer – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Ralph Haller, N4RH, Chairman - National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)

Keith Robertory, KG4UIR, National Disaster Services Technical Manager - American Red Cross (ARC)

Jay Burdick, President Rhode Island VOAD - National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)

Sid Caesar, NH7C, Chief - Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Chris Essid, Deputy Director – Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications


Facilitator: Ed Hare, W1RFI

Confirmed Presenters:

Mike Martin, K3RFI – RFI Services, Inc

Mike Gruber, W1MG - ARRL Laboratory EMC Engineer

Topics will include:

EMC Fundamentals

ARRL’s EMC Work with Industry

The FCC Rules pertaining to RFI

How to avoid some common RFI mistakes

How to find RFI sources

An Introduction to Amateur Satellites

Facilitator:  Barry Baines, WD4ASW 


Since Amateurs heard the first transmissions of Sputnik and OSCAR-1, they have asked, “How can I do that?”  This daylong session will provide best practices and helpful hints that will allow even the modest station to be used to communicate with the amateur “birds in space.”

Confirmed Presenters:

Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK - AMSAT Director-Field Operations

Burns Fisher, W2BJ - AMSAT Fox-1 Software Team Co-Leader


Peter Portanova, W2JV - AMSAT Area Coordinator

E. Michael McCardel, KC8YLD - AMSAT V.P. for Educational Outreach

Joe Spier, K6WAO

Topics will include:

An Overview of Amateur Radio in Space

Understanding Satellite Orbits and How to Track Satellites

How to Configure and Operate Your Equipment to Work the FM Satellites (Including Operating Techniques and Etiquette)

How to Configure and Operate Your Equipment to Work the CW/SSB Satellites (Including Operating Techniques and Etiquette)

Telemetry and Data Collection from Amateur Radio Satellites AMSAT's Next Satellite: Fox-1


DX University

Facilitators:  Wayne Mills, N7NG and Dave Anderson, K4SV

Confirmed Speakers:

“DXCC Awards and Some DXing History” - Wayne Mills, N7NG
“Station and Antenna Considerations” – Joe Reisert, W1JR
“How to Find and Work DX – Listening and Internet Resources”  – Bernie McClenny, W3UR
“RTTY DXing” – Dennis Egan, W1UE
“How to Work DX – Pileups with some thoughts from the DXpedition End” – Dave Anderson, K4SV
“Propagation – Where to Point Your Antenna “ – Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
“Modern QSLing Concepts Procedures and Funding” – Wayne Mills, N7NG

Contest University

Facilitator: Tim Duffy, K3LR

Confirmed Speakers:

 “Contesting Hints & Kinks” - Ward Silver, NØAX
“Ergonomics for Contest Stations” - Doug Grant, K1DG
“Low Band Receiving Antennas for Small and Mid-sized lots” - Frank Donovan, W3LPL
“Multi Operator Contest Planning” - Tim Duffy, K3LR
“Tips for Being a Better Single Operator” - Randy Thompson, K5ZD
“The Essentials of RTTY Contesting” - Dennis Egan, W1UE

Amateur Radio Legal Seminar

Facilitators:  Bart Lee, K6VK and Chris Imlay, W3KD

Please visit our website for further details on this particular seminar here.

Lunch: All convention registrants attending a Thursday Training Track may attend the lunch, which will be held in the ARRL Centennial Ballroom. Price included in the 3-day ticket.


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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