HamCation 2016

HamCation 2016

February 12, 13, and 14 2016

Welcome to Orlando hamcation 2016
To all our HamCation® 2015 visitors, vendors and volunteers. February 2015 marks another successful HamCation® show. Great weather conditions was appreciated by all visitors, vendors, and volunteers. Thanks to the Chairmen team and the volunteers, we have received many positive reactions. Social media was widely used to communicate comments about the show, too share pictures and video clips and even complete video productions covering a number of activities during HamCation® 2015. We had a record number of Forums this year. There were twenty eight presentations from individuals and groups with programs from ARRL, DMR Radio, D-Star and more organizations and product presentations from several vendors. The Ladies Forum was well attended. The ham exams in the Social hall attracted a lot of pre-registered candidates and thanks to the help of a great number of VE’s the sessions went smooth for everybody. The success rate was remarkably high, resulting in a lot of new hams and upgrades. For the second year in a row ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN visited HamCation®. It was appreciated by many visitors, staff and OARC leadership. ARRL CEO Harald Kramer, WJ1B, and marketing manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R welcomed many new ARRL members and renewed a lot of memberships at the ARRL booth. The commercial building was completely sold out and the vendors did very well. A lot of activity in the Swaps building and the number of Tailgaters increased again this year. The sun was their best supporter this year. Over three days we had 14,000+ visitors at the Fairgrounds in Orlando. More and more RV radio interest groups see HamCation® as a convenient spot for the combination of two activities, vacationing in a RV and working with amateur radio. The HamCation® preferred hotels were all three completely fully booked, in some situations management was able to serve the visitors with alternatives. The HamCation® team is already at work on the 2016 show, it marks the 70th anniversary of the second largest show in the USA. Mark your calendar, HamCation® 2016 is February 12, 13 and 14. Part of the preparations is the development of a new HamCation® website, to serve you better. In the mean time you can always contact our organization by E-mail, info@hamcation.com or by phone (407) 841-0874 and out of state (800) 214-7541. Thank you all for your support of HamCation® and hope to see you again in 2016. Peter Meijers, AI4KM HamCation® 2016 Chairman.
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