Ham Radio Village
We will be participating in DEF CON 28 "Safe Mode"!
Join us for this year's virtual DEF CON event August 6-9, 2020.
DEF CON Safe Mode Schedule
Ham Radio Exams @ DEF CON Safe Mode
The Ham Radio Village team is happy to announce that we will be offering virtual license exams this year during DEF CON Safe Mode. Exams will be offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The team has negotiated a special discount rate of $5 for the exams. Additionally, the fee is waived for any applicants that are under the age of 18, a student with a current student ID, active military, or a veteran of the armed forces.
Registration for exams is required. Use the links below to find out more information and to register:
Call for Papers, Presentations, Demos, and Support
The call for content deadline has passed. If you have something you'd like to share last-minute, find us in the village on the DEf CON Discord server.
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 is to help the community in a number of ways, including:
- Understanding just exactly how radio frequency communications work.
- Showing how you can legally transmit signals at 1,500 Watts of power.
- Gain a useful toolkit of skills allowing for further experimentation.
- Learning how the ham radio hobby and radiosport can improve your hacking skills.
- Providing a forum for hams (and future hams) at DEF CON to meet up, share, and learn.