Annual Conference

A highlight of each year is the annual gathering in the Rochester, NY area for a multi-day event of fellowship, information exchange, flea marketing and the sharing of communications history and technology.  In addition to a series of presentations and the flea market each year an AWA Museum open house provides all to explore changes to the collection displays over the past year.

Previous Year’s Review

For those not familiar with our Annual Conference (or if you would like to review what happened in the past) click on the button to the right to take a look at the past.

2020 Annual Conference

​The 2020 AWA Annual Conference will be held August 11 to 15, 2020 with the theme “The Evolution of Amateur Radio”. It is not too early to put those dates on your calendar.

Details for this year’s event will be posted as they are confirmed starting in April. A preliminary schedule is available using the button to the right.

A Note from Conference Chair, Criss Onan

Hi Everyone,

I’d like to take a minute to update you on our planned AWA Annual Conference. It’s scheduled for Tuesday August 11th through Saturday August 15th.  Our event will again be held at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 W Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467.

This year’s theme will be “The Evolution of Amateur Radio”.  Session topics include:

Amateur Radio Innovation
The History of the Amateur Radio Novice Class
Hiram Percy Maxim
Amplitude Modulation at the ARRL Headquarters
Tales From A Heathkit Ham Collector
Pre-1912 Wireless & Electrical Show & Tell
AWA “On Air” Events
Westinghouse Broadcasting On The 100th Anniversary of KDKA
Philadelphia Radio
Organist Rosa “Queen of the Soaps” Rio
Audio Pioneer McIntosh
AWA History
Moonlight Restorations
Membership meeting & FabLab (STEM) update

Please let me know if you are interested in presenting a session or if you know someone who is.

In addition to sessions, the AWA will be continuing the annual Equipment Contest, Book Fair, Auction and Flea Market.  This year the flea market area will be condensed to the front of the parking lot to make all of the displays easier to access.

To supplement our Web page and print publications, we have increased our use of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so our need for quickly available pictures has increased. 

As usual, detailed information and updates will be provided in upcoming Journal editions.  Some updates will also be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you get some, please share.

We hope you’ll join us and tell your friends too!”


Criss Onan

AWA Conference Chair

You can contact the Conference Chair by US mail or utilized the e-mail form below.

Criss Onan, Conference Chair
Antique Wireless Association
P. O. Box 421
Bloomfield, NY 14461-0421

or utilize this e-mail contact from.