Expanded ARRL Presence at HamCation Provides Room to Meet, Greet Volunteers
The ARRL Letter
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
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARRLCARI and at
hamfest forums and exhibits held throughout the country. A video of the
forum is available on YouTube
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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