The Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest Vision

The Duke City Hamfest Board of Directors is focused on energizing amateur radio by presenting the most interesting facets of the service to both active and inactive hams, as well as to people who we know can benefit from all that ham radio has to offer. These include youth, educators, citizen volunteers, and retirees.


For several years, the hamfest has supported the efforts of local schools to bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into the curriculum by providing support to local educators on matters related to high-altitude ballooning, robotics, electronics, ham-radio training classes, setting up radio clubs and stations, search and rescue, as well as other topics.


We believe that the future of amateur radio lies with our kids, and we are doing all we can to bring new blood into the amateur-radio service, to reinvigorate the existing ham population, and to encourage the return of hams who drifted away.


Let’s get active together!

Board of Directors and Staff

The team dedicated to ensuring that every Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention is a success

Terry Bacon,


Jeff Burmeister, W5OMU, BoD

Mathias Gibbens, K0WBG, BoD, treasurer

Bill Mader, K8TE,

BoD, vice-chairman

Cathy Spotts


Pete Spotts, NM5PS

BoD, chairman, webmaster

Sara Taffae


Don Wood


What Is the Duke City Hamfest?

The DCHF is the perfect blend of a blend of a tailgate/flea market, ARRL convention, and ham-radio conference. It covers a wide array of topics for the new or seasoned radio amateur, and an exhibition of the hottest radios, antennas, and accessories from a variety of manufacturers, dealers, and merchants.

The DCHF attracts hams from throughout the US Southwest, Rocky Mountain states, and Mexico. The DCHF has been growing every year since pivoting from a one-day enhanced tailgate to a “full-service” three-day regional ham-radio convention.


The DCHF has a solid reputation for bringing in the best speakers from around our great nation to host its banquets and speak to the assembled hams about the latest hot topics. From Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, the DCHF runs three to five parallel tracks of programs, forums, and demonstrations. Each relates to the themes carefully chosen annually for the Hamfest.

Let’s get active together! You have always wanted to enjoy New Mexico’s famous green chile and its warm hospitality. This is your chance.  See you in September!

Copyright © 2019 New Mexico Hamvention Inc., all rights reserved. The Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention is organized annually by New Mexico Hamvention, Inc. Established and Incorporated in 1971, New Mexico Hamvention Inc. is an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN: 23-7117777


New Mexico Hamvention, Inc.

P.O.Box 30394

Albuquerque, NM  87190-0394

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