HamCation

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A Letter

From The Chairman

Of HamCation 2018

Time is flying, before you know it the 72nd edition of the second largest show in the United States is opening its doors. This year we are at the ARRL Florida State Convention.

A lot of work has already been done by the HamCation committee. The Chairman of Commercial, RV, tailgate, swaps and advance tickets, look forward to seeing your reservations come in through our Online Reservation System. You will find all the information about the new system on this website.

You can now order commercial booths. Also, you can order your tickets, RV spaces, swaps tables and tailgate spaces online with a credit card.

We already have several interesting forums. The list is not complete yet but it has been published on the Forums page.

HamCation welcomes a special returning guest during the 2018 event. Carole Perry, very much involved with the youth programs.

We have great prizes this year. Please see the HamCation website for the Saturday and the Sunday grand prize and the early bird prize for those who ordered the tickets in an early stage.

Finally, we made special arrangements with several hotels in town with special HamCation rates. Please do mention HamCation when making reservations.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at HamCation 2018.

73

Michael Cauley, W4MCA
Chairman Orlando HamCation 2018

History

Of HamCation

The first recorded hamfest organized by the club was held at Rock Springs on August 15, 1947. 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 '47, the Orlando HamCation has grown to an annual event attended by thousands from all over the World.

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