Hamfest Forums

The forums for 2022 are still in the works. Those below are from the 2021 Hamfest and will be updated as we get closer to November. They were left in place to give you and idea of forums we have had in the past.


*Saturday Forums

Time Location Topic Presenter
9:00 AM Big Forum Room ARRL Georgia State Convention Welcome & Message from Southeastern Division Director and Georgia Section Manager.  Mickey Baker N4MB &  Jim Millsap K9APD 
10:00 AM Big Forum Room

ARES – the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in GA and the Nation

Frank Dean, K4SJR.  State Emergency Coordinator, GA. Section

10:00 AM Small Forum Room Pota/Sota Panel  “a panel of four experts will describe the fun and how-to of operating portable in the woods” Ryan Kovacs, WG4I,  Richard Dervan N1RBD, Billy Fallin KN4ZFB Activities Dir. LARC, Michael Macleod KN4VSI, Joe Domaleski, KI4ASK
11:00 AM  Small Forum Room AUXCOMM: ready to put your training to work? Learn how you can participate in official state deployments as a certified Auxiliary Communicator. John Davis WB4QDX
11:00 AM  Big Forum Room DXpeditions: “first-hand tales of DX trips to exotic locations, and tips for beginners” Bob Allphin, K4UEE

12:00 PM

Big Forum Room Emergency Deployment: “getting prepared to operate in emergency situations” Hal Collier, W4IGE District Emergency Coordinator, Metro Atlanta
12:00 PM Small Forum Room Energizing Your Radio Club – an open discussion and idea exchange
with leaders of clubs
Ed Humphries, KT4ED ARRL Georgia Section Affiliated Club Coordinator
1:30 PM Big Forum Room ‘Optimizing your signal’ “an interactive Zoom Session” Bob Heil , K9EID
3:00 PM Big Forum Room Winlink Instructional Session




Jim Spencer,  WD4NFT
3:00 PM

Small Forum Room

DMR – Demystifying the Codeplug – Programming DMR Radios  Jeff Hochberg, W4JEW



*Sunday Forums

9:00 AM Big Forum Room How to learn and have fun with CW

Long Island CW Club, Howard WB2UZE and Flip KT9X

9:00 AM Small Forum Room QRP Tips and Tricks Steve Hudson, AA4BW

10:00 AM

Big Forum Room

 “Mayday Break Break – actual audio recordings of hams operating in an emergency” “an interactive Zoom Session”

Gordon West,  WB6NOA
11:30 AM Big Forum Room Shack-in-a-Box Grace Lea

On-going Activities on both Saturday and Sunday. In the area directly in front of the Main Exhibit Hall

  • Hands-on “skills training” by Georgia ARES members
  • AMSAT –  Daryl Young K4RGK along with the NFARL mobile tower.

 *Some of these Forums will be changed and updated in the coming days. Thank you for your patience.