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Register Now for Our 2020 HamFiesta!

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 www.dukecityhamfest.org/reserveandregister. 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 www.dukecityhamfest.org 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!" www.dukecityhamfest.org

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