This year's Nutmeg Hamfest - an unofficial gathering of Connecticut amateur radio operators - is set for Sunday, October 13th.
Now in its 21st year, Nutmeg is billed as the largest and best ham radio gathering in the tri-state area, and will once again be held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 275 Research Parkway in Meriden.
(From Interstate 91, use exits 16 or 17; from the Merritt Parkway, use exit 67.)
Between 70 and 100 vendors will be on hand with indoor and outdoor tables, tailgating and plenty of demonstrations and information, according to the Meriden Amateur Radio Club, which is the official sponsor.
This year's guest speakers include:
- Andy Poniros, an engineer and space expert, who will offer a presentation about the challenges of landing rovers on Mars. He is considered NASA's "solar system ambassador" and a self-decribed "space geek."
- Steve Ford, ARRL staff member and author of books on digital modes. Steve's books are considered primers for hams interested in using digital communications on HF radio
Nutmeg Hamfest will also feature door prizes and raffles, ham radio license exams, and ARES vehicle and equipment demos.
The official schedule of Nutmeg events can be found here.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, but children under 12 are admitted free.