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A Letter

From The Chairman

About HamCation 2021

Coming Soon!

A Letter

From The Chairman

About HamCation 2020

Time is flying and before you know it the 74th edition of the second largest show in the world is opening its doors. This year we are the ARRL Northern Florida Section Convention.

Our theme this year is, "Volunteers Make the Difference!" Please thank a volunteer when you see them.

We have a lot of changes and improvements coming to HamCation 2020.

HamCation visitors will be able to navigate the convention with ARRL's free mobile event app, ARRL Events. ARRL has partnered with Orlando HamCation and Dayton Hamvention to re-introduce the app for these 2020 events.

All three buildings have new A/C's and the East & West Halls have new lighting.

Due to the demand for forums we have added a fourth Clearspan Tent that will hold 75 people and it too will be air conditioned.

On your way to HamCation or at the event tune to 610 AM, your "Hamcation Information Station!" The station will provide directions to HamCation, traffic conditions in the area of HamCation, road closures, HamCation hours, and more. This will compliment our talk-in on 146.76.

HamCation welcomes a special returning guest for 2020, Carole Perry.

We also like to congratulate Melissa Pore, the Recipient of the 2020 Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award.

There will be an AuxComm course this year prior to HamCation. Please see the website for more details.

We will have over $25,000 in great prizes this year. Please see the HamCation website for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday grand prizes and the early bird prize for those who ordered their tickets in the early stage.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at HamCation 2020!


Michael Cauley, W4MCA
General Chairman - Orlando HamCation


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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