Ham Radio Village (Club)

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

We're a full-year club! New

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.