IMS2019 will be hosting a ham radio social event in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday June 4 at 18:30. All radio amateurs and other interested IMS attendees are cordially invited. The keynote speaker will be the new CEO of the ARRL American Radio Relay League, Howard E. Michel (call sign WB2ITX). The ARRL organization consists of approximately 157,000 people who support the hobby with their interest in meeting fellow hams on the airwaves and moving radio technology forward. Howard will speak about the role and vision of the ARRL in the 21st century, as well as the latest technologies being used in the hobby.
The Boston, Massachusetts location for IMS2019 has special significance for amateur radio. In 1903, the first transatlantic wireless communication (via Morse code) originating within the United States was successfully transmitted from Marconi Station on Cape Cod. The message went from US President Teddy Roosevelt to the King of England.
Three years later, on December 24,1906, Massachusetts became home to the first radio voice communication when Reginald A. Fessenden used a massive 420 foot radio tower at Brant Rock (a small village south of Boston) to send voice and music to ships along the Atlantic coast.
Today, hams are using the latest digital modes and SDR software defined radio technology in addition to traditional CW, AM phone, SSB, FM, satellite, moon-bounce, and other radio techniques.
We hope to see you in Boston for a memorable ham radio event, and renew or begin your interest in this great hobby!