First Annual Big Bear Mini Hamcation Announced for April 2024

Big Bear Mini Hamcation
PO Box 2849
Big Bear Lake, CA  92315
(909) 683-3231
Contact:  Dede Hermon, K6DDZ


The first annual Big Bear Mini Hamcation will be an amateur radio event taking place on April 26-28, 2024 at The Lodge at Big Bear Lake-A Holiday Inn Resort.  The focus of the event will be an introduction to emergency communications, overcoming mic-fright, and getting outside to “play radio.”   Separate Tech Talk breakout sessions will be held for more advanced ham radio operators. 

Gordon West, author of the study materials used for the license exam, will present opening remarks with a welcome from ARRL Orange Section Manager/Section Emergency Coordinator Bob Turner.   The Young Ladies Radio League will hold a meet and greet.

Some of the anticipated sessions include:

*Introduction to Emergency Communications

*Parks/Summits on the Air – How to POTA or SOTA

*Working Special Events to Prepare for Emergency Communications and Support the Community

*Portable and Mobile Antennas

*How to Contact DX and Intro to Contesting

*YLs (Women) in Ham Radio

Amateur radio exams will be offered by VE Team for anyone wishing to earn an FCC license which is required for all levels of ham radio.

Opportunities for POTA, SOTA and an off-road event called “I am Lost” will be available.

An outdoor display of various antennas and a demonstration of Amateur Television will be held.

Vendor space is available. 

Big Bear Mini Hamcation is an Open Air Big Bear event. 

Ham conventions are popular events in the amateur radio community.  Over 700 ham radio operators converged on Quartzsite, AZ in January for a weeklong event camping off the grid on BLM land.  Other events take place in San Ramon, CA, Dayton, OH, Huntsville, AL, and Orlando, FL.  The Big Bear Mini Hamcation will be the first ham conference in Southern California in many years.   The idea is to promote a weekend escape to Big Bear and explore the ham radio hobby.  Lodging recommendations will be available soon on the website.

An estimated 250 participants across the Southwest are expected to attend.