Ham Radio Village (Club)

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The HRV DEC CON 29 Call for content & support is open!

Jan. 22, 2021

Greeting everyone, its that time of year again! DEF CON 29 is approaching and this will be the 3rd year that the Ham Radio Village will be bringing amateur radio to the conference. We can't do that without your help though, so its time for the third call for content and support!

We are looking for presentations, demonstrations, experiments, discussions, and anything else related to amateur radio that you would like to share with the world!

DEF CON is currently scheduled to take place August 5th through the 8th and although the where has not been finally determined, we will be working to make DEF CON 29 a great success. Content can be provided live, or pre-recorded with a live Q&A following it.

If you have something that you've been wanting to share about amateur radio, now is the time! Even if you think your topic is "weird", someone at DEF CON will take interest in it!

If you would just like to support the village by acting as "elmer", taking questions from people checking out the village or other means, we would love your help as well!

You can put your submissions for content and/or support in the form linked below or get in touch with one of the village leads on the Ham Radio Village Discord server, where we talk radio year round.

Call for content/support form: https://forms.gle/HCJyVfV2y1GrCVih8

Thanks and 73s from the Ham Radio Village team!

We're a full-year club!

As we teased on Twitter over the summer, we have too much excitement and fun to be contained to just a few days during DEF CON. That's why we've decided to form a year-round club dedicated to the goals of Ham Radio Village. DEF CON will always remain a core event annually, and we look forward to hosting and being part of other events throughout the year!

Participation is a core requirement of our club! If you'd like to join our ranks, come to one of our events and/or reach out to an existing HRV club member.


Why Ham Radio at DEF CON®?

After several years of being involved running ham radio exams at DEF CON®, a common theme emerged: People were either wondering where to start, interested in learning more, or deciding what to do next. Other villages touched on related topics, but there wasn't anything specific for the growing ham community. Ham Radio is in may ways the original "hacker" culture and "maker" community, and it's a shame we don't better represent ourselves to the larger hacker community. Our goal is to fix that!

We were accepted as a new village to DEF CON 27 and though we were a small new village tucked away in the Flamingo, we had a great turnout, lots of interest, good content, and started building the foundation to be even better in the future.

Our Vision

Our vision is to help the community in a number of ways, including:

Want to help?

If you're interested in helping out in any way with Ham Radio Village, you can also drop a line to eric@ai0j.radio and I'll get in touch.