DARC Cancels Emergency Amateur Radio Exercise Until 2021

Germany's DARC reports an amateur radio emergency exercise planned for November 13-15 has unfortunately been postponed due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic 

A translation of the DARC post reads: 

In February, the Emergency and Disaster Radio Department, together with the Executive Board, EmCom Luxembourg and representatives of the USKA, set the period from November 13th to 15th, 2020 for the emergency radio exercise and repeatedly checked over the course of the year whether and how this event could be carried out under Corona. 

Everyone involved in the planning - whether from Germany, Luxembourg, France, Belgium or Switzerland - was of the opinion that such an exercise is also possible under the officially prescribed rules for protection against Corona.

Bending & Breaking

However, it was always clear that there should be no exercise in “bending and breaking”. An exercise during corona times also means know…

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HamCation & the ARRL Convention has been postponed until February 2022

ARRL and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club (OARC) have announced that the ARRL National Convention and Orlando HamCation® — who was supposed to host the convention — have been postponed until February 10 – 13, 2022.

Health and Safety

“The joint decision came after considering the national public health emergency including the health and safety of all participants, the uncertainty that continues to impact our organizations, and the reluctance to travel to, and attend, large events,” said ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. “We regret the disruption to the hard work already completed by so many volunteers preparing for the ARRL National Convention and HamCation.”

Creds to ARRL.Org A Difficult Decision

“While postponing was a difficult decision, our top priority is delivering a safe and successful HamCation experience for everyone, including our attendees, dedicated volunteers, exhibitors, and service partners,” said HamCation General Chairman Michael Cau…

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