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Expanded ARRL Presence at HamCation Provides Room to Meet, Greet Volunteers

from The ARRL Letter on March 8, 2018
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Expanded ARRL Presence at HamCation Provides Room to Meet and Greet Volunteers:

ARRL's expanded presence at Orlando HamCation February 9 - 11 -- the 2018 ARRL Florida State Convention -- enabled a suitably sized gathering place for attendees to meet and greet volunteers from the ARRL Southeastern Division, including ARRL Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, and Vice Director Joey Tiritilli, N4ZUW, as well as Section Managers and ARRL Field Organization volunteers. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, also greeted visitors to the second-largest US hamfest.

Many attendees took advantage of the huge ARRL book store, made possible this year by HamCation's generous support for ARRL. Convention goers picked up copies of popular new and flagship ARRL publications. ARRL Circulation Manager Yvette Vinci, KC1AIM; Membership Manager Diane Petrilli, KB1RNF; Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and volunteers Holly Roderick and Sherry Mahafza, KM4VSW, all contributed to the store's operation.

A standing-room-only crowd attended the ARRL membership forum, moderated by Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK. President Roderick addressed the gathering to highlight ARRL initiatives and answer questions. Sarratt recognized ham radio operators from throughout the Division and country who helped provide public service and emergency communications throughout the 2017 hurricane season and its devastating impact on the southeast US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Sarratt also invited ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, and US Virgin Islands Section Manager Fred Kleber, K9VV, forward to accept the 2018 ARRL International Humanitarian Award on behalf of radio amateurs in their Sections who aided in hurricane relief and recovery. Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, awarded Mo Dake, K9EE, a Certificate of Merit for his 12 years of service as Palm Beach County SKYWARN® Coordinator.

A display featuring the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) included college pennants contributed by a handful of university radio clubs. Disney systems engineer Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, a recent University of Florida doctoral program graduate, led a college Amateur Radio forum. He introduced many opportunities to help foster interest in ham radio among college students and campus radio clubs. Topics Milluzzi and other participants covered included ARRL scholarships, sources of funding for campus radio clubs, and networking students with alumni and professionals.

Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, leads a forum for the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) at Orlando HamCation.

Inderbitzen also addressed the forum. "There is a renaissance going on right now with renewing Amateur Radio among our nation's colleges and universities," he observed. Inderbitzen described ARRL's support for college radio clubs by providing opportunities for students, faculty advisors, and other supporters to network via the ARRL CARI Facebook Group and at hamfest forums and exhibits held throughout the country. A video of the forum is available on YouTube, produced by Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, an Ohio University graduate research assistant who also participated in the forum.

A booth and forum for the ARRL CARI program will also be organized for Hamvention® in Xenia, Ohio, May 19-21. "Bring your school colors to hang in the ARRL exhibit area!" Andy Milluzzi urged.

Inderbitzen has posted HamCation photos to the ARRL Facebook page HamCation is held each year at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) sponsors the event, with support from volunteers and clubs throughout the region. -- Thanks to Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, for information and photos. Read more


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