Soldier holding radio in front of a ham hawk and radio tower

Ham Radio Village

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!

Our Vision

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

Want to help?

If you're interested in haling out in any way with a potential Ham Radio Village, drop a line to and I'll get in touch.

Proposal Status

We have officially been accepted as a new village this year! We will see all of you in Vegas!