NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT – ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, has announced the organization’s plan to hold its national Centennial Convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, July 17-19, 2014.
The Convention will mark 100 years of the ARRL’s founding in Hartford. ARRL President Kay Craigie has also announced a theme for ARRL’s Centennial year: Advancing the Art and Science of Radio—Since 1914.
Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment. In May 1914, Hiram Percy Maxim (1869-1936), a leading Hartford inventor and industrialist, founded the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), together with Clarence Tuska, secretary of The Radio Club of Hartford. ARRL headquarters moved to Newington, Connecticut in 1938 and is visited by nearly 2,000 groups and individuals each year. The site is home to The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, call sign W1AW. ARRL has over 162,000 members and employs approximately 100 people.
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