The ARRL has announced plans to hold its National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut on July 17-20, 2014. The Convention will mark 100 years of the ARRL’s founding in Hartford. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has also announced a theme for ARRL’s Centennial year: Advancing the Art and Science of Radio — since 1914.
In May 1914, Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW — a leading inventor and industrialist in Hartford, Connecticut — founded the American Radio Relay League, together with Clarence Tuska, 1WD, the secretary of The Radio Club of Hartford. Today, the ARRL serves more than 158,000 members, mostly licensed radio amateurs, in the US and around the world.
The decision to hold the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford was made by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2012 meeting. The organization’s headquarters has been maintained in the Hartford area since its founding. ARRL’s present headquarters is located on Main Street in Newington, Connecticut, a suburb of Hartford, and is visited by nearly 2000 groups and individuals each year. The site has been home to The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, since 1938.
As a member of the Centennial Planning Committee, Director Woolweaver notes that many activities are being planned for this once in a lifetime event which will have all of the trademark elements of a proper convention including presentations, forums, exhibits, vendors, demonstrations, flea market, activities for youth and a banquet. In addition, there will be some very special centennial-themed activities, including tours of ARRL Headquarters and W1AW, guest presenters, some surprises and lots of celebrating.
The area boasts dozens of attractions and activities making Connecticut a great destination for members who plan to attend the convention with their family and friends. Nearby attractions include the Connecticut Science Center, the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center the Wadsworth Atheneum and Six Flags New England. Hartford is served by an international airport (Hartford/Springfield BDL), and is conveniently located between Boston and New York City. Hartford’s centrally located Union Station is serviced by Amtrak and major bus companies.
Look for more details to come in future Division newsletters!