Division Convention

Join Us For a Weekend of Amateur-Radio Learning and Lore at Albuquerque’s Isleta Resort and Casino

New Mexico Hamvention, Inc., organizer of the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest, is delighted to announce that the hamfest will host the ARRL’s Rocky Mountain Division Convention this year. The combined meeting, which runs from Sept. 21-23, 2018, will be held at the Isleta Resort and Casino’s convention facility, on the historic Isleta Pueblo, just a stone’s throw south of Albuquerque’s Sunport. Note that all of the convention facilities are designated no-smoking areas.


We extend a chile-warm invitation to amateur-radio operators in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and beyond to join us for this event.

Our program, still under construction, will include day-long deep dives into satellite communications and emergency communications, in addition to a new version of our popular HF University. These will be taught by hams well-versed in these fields.

For seasoned hams and newbies alike, we’re planning more than 50 additional individual sessions on topics ranging from DIY station gear and primers on digital mobile radio, to how to squeeze the most fun out of your operating privileges, how to use your gear more effectively, and how to make a difference in the lives of young people through STEM education. For those with their eyes on the sky, we’ll be hosting a National Weather Service SKYWARN® training session.

You’ll be able to stock up on parts, check out the latest gear, or pick up a new radio from our commercial vendors, as well as harvest treasures from flea-market and tailgate participants. Stop by our special-event station for some operating time and get a taste of what it’s like to be on the other end of a pile-up.

Prospective ham radio operators can bone up for their exams at review sessions, then take their tests, administered by ARRL-approved volunteer examiners. A special gift, courtesy of the Hamfest, awaits all who show proof of passing their exam.

A Friday night mixer, two breakfast banquets, plus a Saturday night banquet will help keep you fueled for the weekend. Several notable amateur radio celebrities will provide you with interesting tidbits to talk about on the air and at future club meetings. A cash bar will be open during the mixer and Saturday night’s banquet. We’ll hold raffles throughout each day and at each of the banquets. For those who wish to banish rotten operating habits, we will be holding an induction ceremony for the ARRL’s prestigious Royal Order of the Wouff-Hong, a society open to all licensed hams who are also ARRL members. We’ll provide pins and certificates for all inductees.

But wait! There’s more! The week prior to the hamfest will be unique in the annals of amateur radio in New Mexico. It begins Sept. 14-16 with the ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference, also in Albuquerque, includes New Mexico’s participation in Route 66 On-the-Air operating event, and ends with the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest/Rocky Mountain Division Convention. That’s worth planning a vacation around!

You can reserve rooms today at the Isleta Resort. Use the Registration/Lodgings menu item at the top of this page to reach the page containing a description of the resort and the link for reservations. Snag your room at our special convention rate before they’re gone.

As hamfest planning progresses, we’ll keep you updated via our email lists and our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Stay tuned for an announcement that hamfest registration is opening for attendees and vendors. If you’d like to be added to our email list, please send your request to webmaster@dukecityhamfest.org.

We look forward to seeing you!


Bill Ripley, KY5Q
President, NM Hamvention Inc.
Chairman, 2018 Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest