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  • webmasternmhi

We here at New Mexico Hamvention Inc. warmly invite you to join us for a HamFiesta! -- the 49th annual Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention, which runs from Sept. 18-20, 2020, at the Isleta Resort and Casino. The resort is located on the historic Isleta Pueblo, just south of Albuquerque’s International Sunport. We will also be the site of the ARRL New Mexico State Convention this year. Registration for the convention is now open! In extending this invitation, we are mindful of the public-health concerns regarding COVID-19, the restrictions that have resulted, and the fluid nature of the scope and duration of restrictions. We're moving forward with the expectation that the crisis will abate before convention time. However, we continue to monitor the situation and will adjust plans and announce those adjustments if and when needed. What is the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention? It's a two-and-a-half day, full-scale regional convention that draws participants from Maine to California, in addition to hams who live in the Southwest. The event brims with forums on topics ranging from Antennas and Contesting to DIY radio and satellites. The gathering includes indoor and outdoor flea markets. Commercial vendors offer gear that appeals to home-brewers and operators of off-the-shelf gear alike. And did we mention food? Isleta does an outstanding job with its food! The Venue The resort’s modern hotel, restaurants, and convention space are designated no-smoking facilities. Their layout centers virtually all convention activities around a central Grand Foyer. Presentations, raffles, banquets, and indoor commercial vendor and flea-market areas are literally just down or across the hall from one another. Isleta has opened our room-reservation page, so now is the time to book your room to get in on the fun. You’ll find us and the hotel reservation portal at Our Program - the overview The curtain rises Friday morning, Sept. 18, with a purchase-on-the-spot breakfast and three all-day classes, in addition to shorter presentations throughout the day. Each class -- HF University 4.0, EmComm College, and a hands-on Roll Your Own HF Station (tentative title) -- runs through late afternoon. Then comes a popular free mixer early Friday evening, with a raffle and a guest speaker to complement the hors d'oeuvres served. Saturday opens with a breakfast banquet and includes a guest speaker who focuses on DXing or contesting. The day is filled with individual 45-minute presentations in five break-out rooms. The talks will cover topics that appeal to the newcomer and old-timer alike. Presentations will focus on a variety of topics aimed at improving your skills and enjoyment of amateur radio. Saturday evening, we host a banquet with a featured speaker and raffle. On Sunday, the convention continues with a breakfast banquet and raffle, a SKYWARN® training session, additional forums, and ends at noon with a Grand Raffle. We’ll also draw for door prizes each day every hour between the first and last forum sessions of the weekend. We're also holding craft classes for spouses, which cover a wider set of crafts than we offered in 2019. The 2020 edition of our convention T-shirts are available for purchase via our main registration form. Lunches on Friday and Saturday will be available on a pay-at-the-counter basis in Ballroom A. Visit our website's menu page to get a full taste of the options. Be sure to check out our website for all the details. For the "hamfest" part of our convention, we'll be including:

-- An ARRL Forum where you can interact with section officials

-- Indoor and outdoor flea markets

-- A test bench in the indoor flea-market hall to check used gear you have bought or are thinking of buying

-- VE testing, with free or discounted admission for those passing their exams

-- QSL-card checking for ARRL awards by ARRL-certified checkers

-- Radio Rodeo, with fun, competitive events (more details on this later)

If you’d like to help spread the word about September’s convention, we have a flier available in PDF form that you can download, attach to an email, and send to other hams who you think would be interested. You can download a PDF of the flier here. So save the dates – Sept. 18-20! Come hobnob with other hams, bring yourself up to speed on the latest technologies amateurs are bending to their uses, and see the Southwest on the cusp of Fall. You won’t regret it! And don't take our word for it. Some of last year’s survey and exit comments included: “Great Event!”; “The hamfest was wonderful!”; “My biggest disappointment is that I have to wait a whole year to do it again!”; “Enjoyed myself with my family”; “Thanks - it was a very good hamfest and well worth the drive from the Oklahoma City area”; “Having a blast!”; and “There is no show like this in Colorado.” Come and join the fun! Until next time, remember: The only thing worse than bad conditions are cold finals! 73, Board of Directors New Mexico Hamvention, Inc. Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention - "It's a HamFiesta!"

  • webmasternmhi

We're back at Isleta Sept. 18-20 for this year's edition of the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention. And we've just been notified that we are the ARRL New Mexico State Convention for 2020. We plan to open registration no later than March 15. Stay tuned! And plans are afoot for a new addition to the basic program structure. But for now, ink (don't use pencil) the date on your calendar. We're holding registration fees and raffle-ticket prices steady at the level we've had for the preceding two years. We thank Isleta's stable prices for allowing us to hold the cost to you flat!

  • Pete Spotts - NM5PS

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

That's a wrap! The 2019 edition of the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention is in the books, and from those of us at Duke City Hamfest Central, our deep thanks to all of those who made it happen.

Who are they? We highlighted many of them during the convention: our featured and keynote speakers, as well as our roster of forum and all-day-class speakers -- all of whom voluntarily spent untold hours preparing their presentations; our corps of "game day" volunteers, whose helpfulness and cheerfulness was noted by many attendees; our vendors, many of whom drove hundreds of miles to ply their wares (one drove roughly 2,800 miles roundtrip to attend and was pleased enough with the results to say: "We'll be back next year!"); and finally the volunteers who make up the New Mexico Hamvention, Inc., Board of Directors, a group that spends the better part of the year laying the foundation for each convention.

But there is one important group we don't want to leave out: those of you who attended. Without your participation, we would not be able to build the type of program that virtually all of you enjoyed, based on an initial scan of attendee survey results in hand. Even the craft classes for spouses was a hit. You brought your curiosity about amateur radio and your willingness to continue to learn new aspects of it; these are attitudes off of which the speakers feed. You brought a sense of energy, joy and camaraderie that permeated the event -- an atmosphere that attendees noted in written and verbal comments to convention board members and to volunteers. And based on the comments from many of this year's vendors, you amply supported their presence via your purchases.

Which brings up another reason why joining us for our (all of the above are included in "our") convention is so important. One subtheme among some of our survey responses was a disappointment that the big vendors didn't come. You know the usual suspects: Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, and the HROs of this world. If you are one of the individuals who noted the absence of the heavy hitters, we hear you. One example illustrates why your continued support for the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention is critical to attracting them. Icom wanted to raise its visibility at more hamfests and conventions, so it set up something akin to a raffle. Clubs, hamfests, and conventions can enter a monthly drawing as many times as they like. Icom draws a monthly winner, and the prizes are awarded by average crowd size: a forum presentation for crowds of 500 or fewer; a small display with representative for crowds between 500 and 2,000; a large display with Icom reps present for crowds above 2,000. We fall into category two. But by definition, it's a roll of the dice.

Interestingly, based on our initial, cursory reading of this year's surveys, many of our attendees indicated that the presence of these folks would be nice, but it's not the driving factor behind their decision to attend. Instead, their decision is based on the totality of the program and the fellowship that meeting or reuniting with other ham-radio operators nurtures.

So, if attracting the Big Kahunas is important to you, your attendance and feedback to the big manufacturers and dealers can only raise the likelihood that it will happen. Getting there will take some time; we only meet once a year. But it can happen, especially as word continues to spread that our event is one of constantly improving quality in an enviable venue.

We appreciate the survey responses we've received so far. We take them seriously. If you didn't fill out and return a survey form as you left the convention, you can still submit it via snail mail. Send the form to:

New Mexico Hamvention, Inc.

PO Box 30394

Albuquerque, NM

The tentative convention dates for next year are Sept. 18-20 at Isleta. We hope to have a finalized contract by the end of 2019. Stay tuned!

We invite all of those who attended this year to return next year and invite those who didn't attend to c'mon down and check us out. We'd also like to enlist you as eyes and ears for next year's program. If you attend a hamfest or convention forum and the topic and speaker are particularly engaging, or read an article in QST or CQ that grabs you by the collar, let us know at We're always on the lookout for engaging speakers who can share their expertise with long-time and new hams alike.

With best wishes for your continued success and growth as an operator and representative of the Amateur Radio Service,

The Board of Directors

New Mexico Hamvention, Inc.

P.S. We anticipate posting most or all of the speakers' presentation material to our website by Sunday, Oct. 6. We'll be adding PDFs of the slide sets as we receive them from the speakers. Visit