Nutmeg Hamfest And Connecticut State ARRL Convention Sponsored by the Meriden Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

At the Sheraton Four-Points Hotel

275 Research Parkway

Meriden, CT 06450


We're looking forward to presenting Southern New England's Biggest and Best Hamfest including lively and interesting speakers and VE examinations.  As always, you'll find a large indoor exhibit hall with new radios  and accessories, and informational displays.

We'll have a large tailgating/flea market area too.  You never know what treasures you'll find, but there's sure to be something you just can't live without!

Celebrating our 26th Year!!

This should be just about peak foliage time in Southern New England.

Plan a road trip for the weekend.

We're an easy drive from NYC, LI, Albany, NNJ, NEPA, Boston, and Springfield.

General Information:


Gates open 6:00 AM for Tailgating and Inside Vendor Setup

New!  Earlier opening -- Building open 8AM to 2PM for the general public


Note:  No one except inside vendors and staff will be

admitted into the building prior to 8:00


Talk-in  147.36 R, +600, no PL


General Admission $8.00, Under 12 free

Tailgating $10.00 per space

Inside Tables $20.00 each

VE Session



Contact Don Mitchell, KE1AY dmitchell1273@SBCGLOBAL.Net

Note:  The VE Session will start at 9:30 Sharp!

While we may be able to accommodate walk-ins, pre-registration is strongly recommended


YAESU Factory Reps will be here to demo their
great line of radios and answer your questions.

Our Featured Speakers:


Back by popular demand:  The famous Go-Kit Competition.  All day in the main exhibit hall.  If you've built one, come show it off.  If you're thinking of building one, you'll get some great ideas and suggestions from experienced constructors.  Either way, it's a lot of fun and you don't want to miss it!!  The irrepressible Douglas, WA1SHF welcomes you to participate.


9:00-9:45 AM: ARRL Section Meeting with Connecticut Section Manager Chuck Motes, K1DFS; NE Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and Vice-Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF


10:00-10:45AM:  Software Defined Radios.  Dr. Martin Ewing, AA6E, explains SDRs.  The next generation of radios is here.  What's out now, and what's coming next?  Come and find out!


11:00-11:45AM:  Change may be coming to entry level licensing.  Bruce Blain, K1BG has a great perspective on what has worked, and what hasn't.  How, and where, do we entice the next generation of Hams?


All-Day event:  You've got computer questions? The experts at RVI Computers have the answers.  Bring your toughest question to them and get the right answers from real professionals.

Major Exhibitors Include:


Quicksilver Radio Products

KJI Electronics

Lentini Communications

KBcubed Radio -- DMR radios

and many more

Great Door Prizes!


First Prize: Yaesu FTM-3200 Transceiver
Provided by KJI Electronics



Second Prize: Coax and Powerpole Crimp Kit

Provided by Quicksilver Radio



Third Prize: QJE 30 Amp Station Power Supply

Provided by Lentini Communications



Many door prizes to be awarded during the event

You must be present to win any prize.