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ARRL National Centennial Convention Kicks Off Ham Radio's Second Century:

from The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
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ARRL National Centennial Convention Kicks Off Ham Radio's Second Century:

With the ARRL National Centennial Convention, July 17-19, now a part of Amateur Radio history, the League's second century has arrived! The ARRL welcomed some 3300 visitors to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the 3-day event, which went smoothly for the most part, said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. She noted that many conventioneers even stayed around for the official closing ceremony on Saturday afternoon -- and beyond.

"Even as late as Sunday, people were shaking my hand at the convention hotel and saying how much they enjoyed the convention," Craigie said. "Despite a few hitches and glitches, the event as a whole met our objective of being a truly memorable and meaningful celebration of the centennial, in the city where it all began 100 years ago."

Craigie expressed appreciation for the efforts of ARRL Headquarters staffers and the many volunteers who helped to make the convention a success. "The ARRL also appreciates the Training Track and forum presenters, who made the program as fine as anything ever brought together for an Amateur Radio convention," she added. "The exhibitors who supported the show with their presence gave visitors an excellent opportunity to learn more about the products, services, and organizations in today's Amateur Radio. That was really helpful when I walked through the exhibits with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, and later with Congressman Joseph Courtney of Connecticut -- an original co-sponsor of HR.4969 -- for some show and tell about Amateur Radio activities and technology."

The winner of a drawing for a $5000 grand prize certificate from the ARRL and R&L Electronics was ARRL Life Member John C Davison, N2OXV, of Poughkeepsie, New York. The winner of a $2500 gift certificate from the ARRL and FlexRadio Systems was Robert The, AC2II, of Germantown, New York.

"Just before the prize drawing on Saturday afternoon, I invited the youngest hams at the closing ceremony onto the main stage," said Inderbitzen. "There were four 13-year-olds -- Stu Cichon of Meriden, Connecticut (a prospective ham); Dahnesh Upton, KB1OTB, of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire; Tobias Park, KD2EOM, of Warwick, New York; and Brandon Turrentine, KF5QYU, of Winnie, Texas. "Brandon pulled the tickets of the two prize winners," Inderbitzen continued. "Each of these young hams will be sent a hardcover edition of the ARRL Centennial Handbook signed by members of the staff, and some other 'goodies.'"

At the convention, Craigie said, she saw some youngsters in strollers who likely will be around for the League's 150th anniversary in 2064. "Our job now is to do our part to make sure that Amateur Radio and the ARRL are strong for them when it's their turn to celebrate the next milestone in the history of our League," she said.

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, concluded the closing ceremony. "With this moment, we say good-bye to ARRL's first century with fondness [and] great memories," he said. "You're all part of that history, and now we're all part of the ARRL's second century."


The ARRL Letter

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by WZ1P on July 29, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
It was a great event. Attending as an exhibitor I found that the convention center, programs and ARRL staff support exceeded all of my expectations. The League put on a first class event. I did not meet anyone that did not enjoy the centennial celebration.
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