Hamcation Hamvention


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A Letter

From The Chairman

About HamCation 2019

Time is flying, before you know it the 74th edition of the second largest show in the United States is opening its doors. This year we are at the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention.

We have a lot of changes and improvements coming to HamCation 2019.

1st we will be changing how we hold our forums. We will be using 3 Clearspan Tents Structures that will hold 150 people each and the will have ac. We will also be offering forums on Friday and Saturday this year. All forums will be held in 1 location this year.

HamCation welcomes a special returning guest to HamCation, Carole Perry is very much involved with the youth programs.

We are working on having great prizes this year. Please see the HamCation website for the Saturday and Sunday grand prizes and the early bird prize for those who ordered their tickets in the early stage.

Finally, we made special arrangements with several hotels in town with special HamCation rates. We have added a hotel near Disney for the ones who what to bring their family with them to visit Disney while they are at HamCation. Please do mention HamCation when making reservations.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at HamCation 2019!


Michael Cauley, W4MCA
General Chairman Orlando HamCation 2019


Of HamCation

The first recorded hamfest organized by the club was held at Rock Springs on August 15, 1946. Pete Rodriquez, W4KCK, headed the affair and served up Cuban style pork.

The 60's marked a new era in hamfesting in Orlando. On April 23, 1960, the club held its first hamfest in a hotel. The site was the old Cherry Plaza Hotel at Eola Park and was billed as "An old fashioned hamfest with new ideas". Our own Elmer the Great Huddleson, W4HFR, was among the fellas responsible for that successful first.

Hamfest were held each succeeding year at Cherry Plaza until 1968, when, under the direction of Jess Price, W4CLJ, the club moved the event to the Statler Hilton on West Colonial. In the years that followed, the hamfest moved first to the Howard Johnson's Plaza, then to Exposition Hall, and then to the new Sheraton Twin Towers in 1976. We stay there till 1981 then we moved the show for 1 year in 1982 to the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Throwback 1981

Go back to 1981. Download the HamCation program and see what was cool and trending as we roared through the 80's in style!

Download 1981 Program

Then in 1983 HamCation was moved to the Expo Center where it called home till 1988. Then for the 1989 and 1990 shows we were at the Orange County Convention Center.

Then in 1991 we moved the show back to the Central Florida Fairgrounds where it has been since.

When we start the 2018 show we will have been at the Central Florida Fair Grounds for 28 Years.

Each year has seen a bigger and better hamfest. From the first hamfest at Rock Springs in '46, the Orlando HamCation has grown to an annual event attended by thousands from all over the World.

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