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 Rescheduled

​The 2020 AWA Annual Conference was to be held August 11 to 15, 2020 with the theme “The Evolution of Amateur Radio”. Due to COVID-19, the event is now rescheduled to occur August 17 to 21, 2021. Check back later in the summer for details of the plan as well as notices regarding the posting of presentations on YouTube.

Virtual People’s Choice Contest

As Director Bob Hobday discussed in his AWA Journal column, we are transitioning some elements of the 2020 AWA Conference to virtual ones since a physical gathering will not be held because of COVID-19.

Key historical communications sessions will be posted on the AWA’s YouTube channel.   YouTube will allow all of our AWA members to view presentations including those who don’t usually have an opportunity to attend in person.  Additionally, others interested in electronic communication who are not (yet) AWA members will also be able to view them. These sessions will be available for viewing at your convenience (including binge watching) beginning on August 12th.  Each presenter may monitor YouTube comments for questions and information sharing and reply accordingly.  

Some of the scheduled presentations include:
–  126 Years of Amateur Radio Innovation
–  The History of the Amateur Radio Novice Class
–  The Influence of Hiram Percy Maxim on Amateur Radio
–  AWA Amateur Radio “On Air” event presentation
–  Pre-1912 Wireless & Electrical
–  Westinghouse Broadcasting
–  Moonlight Restorations

A few our scheduled sessions will be postponed until our 2021 Conference which will have dual themes of “100 Years Of Radio Broadcasting” and a continuation of “The Evolution of Amateur Radio”.

Since a physical equipment contest won’t be possible, we have an exciting People’s Choice contest planned featuring your submissions on the AWA web site.  (We may also feature your photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.)

To enter your favorite gear, email up to (3) pictures.  The pictures should be well lighted, without strong shadows.   In your email please include up to three sentences of text describing them.  The email address is: photos [at]

The deadline for submissions is 8/11. Voting will begin on 8/15 and the deadline of submissions for voting on the People’s Choice will be 10/1.  Voting will be by e-mail to: voting [at]  (Only votes received between 8/15 and 10/1 will count.)

Each entry will be assigned a number by order of submission. 

The top vote getter will be announced on 10/5 on our web, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites.

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.

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