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ARRL to celebrate 100 year anniversary with Hartford gala event

Official logo of the ARRL Centennial.
Official logo of the ARRL Centennial.
Courtesy of the ARRL.

One hundred years old and still going strong!

The American Radio Relay League, a national organization and Connecticut landmark, is celebrating its centennial with a three-day gala at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford, July 17-19.

Founded in 1914 by inventor Hiram Percy Maxim, the ARRL has grown to become America's dominant ham radio organization, involved in the licensing, technical and operating aspects of amateur radio.

Thousands of guests - visitors, panelists and vendors - are expected at the upcoming Hartford celebration.

The ARRL announced that the keynote speaker for the centennial banquet on Friday, July 18th will be FEMA director Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, a strong supporter of amateur radio.

Fugate, whose roots are in emergency management in Florida, has called ham radio "the last line of defense" during large scale disasters.

Other centennial convention forums will include include: contesting, public service, satellite communications, legal issues and youth in ham radio.

According to the ARRL's centennial website: "On Friday and Saturday, convention attendees will be treated to a huge exhibit hall and indoor flea market. Find the latest and greatest amateur radio equipment and accessories, have fun shopping for great deals, discovering something new, and meeting friends for an 'eyeball QSO'."

The centennial event will also include dozens of nationally known ham gear makers, including Kenwood, ICOM, Yaesu, Alinco, Hy-Gain, Cushcraft, MFJ and many more.

Ticket prices start at $25 for a two-day pass. For more information on tickets and prices, visit the official ARRL Centennial website here.

To learn more about the rich history of the ARRL, view the new video: "ARRL at 100: A Century of Ham Radio."

ARRL has also scheduled a series of regional centennial events around the country, including:

  • Dayton Hamvention, May 16-18;
  • SEA-PAC, Seaside Oregon, June 6-8;
  • Huntsville Hamfest, Huntsville, Ala., August 16-17;
  • Pacificon, Santa Clara, Cal., October 10-12.