Many amateur radio organizations represented at the 2021 New England ARRL Convention
The northeast of this year HamXposition attracted approximately 1,200 attendees to its new location in Marlborough, Mass. from September 10-12. The event hosted the ARRL New England Division Convention, and previously stood about 15 miles away in Boxborough, Massachusetts. This was the first year that the convention was held at this location, as the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Proceeds from the event go to New England FEMARA Scholarship Fund, which helps students attend a college or trade school of their choice. The scholarships are administered by the ARRL Foundation scholarship program.
HamXposition President Bob DeMattia, K1IW, and his committee were happy with the turnout given last year’s cancellation and new venue this year. The event took place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough. While there were a few last minute cancellations from a handful of exhibitors and presenters, W1 QSL office co-director Eric Williams, KV1J, felt there was “a turnout. remarkably good “despite concerns about COVID-19. The W1 QSL Bureau team included ARRL Director of Operations Bob Naumann, W5OV, who verified DXCC and other ARRL reward applications throughout the convention.
In addition to ARRL Vice President Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, and New England Division Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, the ARRL 2021 convention team included the Vice Director of New England Division, Phil Temples, K9HI; Director of Field Services Mike Walters, W8ZY; Senior Member Services Representative Kim McNeill, KM1IPA; Director of Operations Bob Naumann, W5OV, and Director of Public Relations and Innovation Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. Several section heads and other volunteers of the organization in the field also supported the convention. Raisbeck and Temples were also respectively vice-president and president of the convention program.
The Nashua Region Radio Society (NARS) of New Hampshire presented various activities to encourage new licensees to become “radioactive”. NARS was one of several radio clubs and organizations that held booths for visitors at the event.
Members of the Women Radio Operators of New England (WRONE) organized an exhibition for the Young Ladies’ Radio League (YLRL), represented by Barbara Irby, KC1KGS, and Anne Manna, WB1ARU, from District 1 of YLRL. These organizations encourage and help women to enter the ham radio service.
Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Company (STARS) from New England Sci-Tech in Natick, Massachusetts, provided hands-on exhibit and moderated a youth panel. STARS is hosted by the STEM Education Center and Makerspace of New England Sci-Tech.
DXCC and Contest Dinner Speaker Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, recapped the activities and activations of the DX Expedition and IARU Competition of Market Reef and Åland Islands. On Saturday, the speaker for the banquet was Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE, of the Haystack Observatory, operated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Erickson discussed HamSCI‘the latest ionospheric scientific research, supported in partnership with radio amateurs and scientists from the Haystack Observatory and other institutions.
The ARRL management team hosted an ARRL Members Forum on Saturday. ARRL Washington attorney Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, was among the attendees.
Inderbitzen’s opening speech on Saturday morning included a tribute to the 9/11 attacks and a Color Guard supported by the local Boy Scouts of America. He also attended the youth panel and met with many young enthusiasts, parents and their advisors throughout the event, including undergrad from Olin College of Engineering, Zachary Sherman, KC1NXK, who exhibited for the Olin Collegiate Amateur Radio Club, KC1LHR. – Thanks to Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, Director of Public Relations and Innovation at ARRL