ARRL volunteer members will be part of the excitement as the International Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2019 annual AirVenture show kicks off this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The show runs from July 22 to July 29. This year marks the 50th anniversary of EAA Air Venture, which attracted over 600,000 visitors and 10,000 aircraft last year. The ARRL exhibit shines a light on radio communications, encouraging pilots and aviation enthusiasts to discover the many facets of amateur radio and broaden their interest in the technology. ARRL Product Development Director Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, organized the booth (# 2152 in Hangar B) and the team of volunteers.
“This is a great opportunity to show off amateur radio at an event of this magnitude,” said Inderbitzen. “There is a friendship between the aviation and amateur radio communities. In addition to introducing newcomers to amateur radio, we met over 600 amateur pilots at AirVenture last year. (See “Amateur radio in full growth, one pilot at a time”, January 2019, QST, p. 77 – 80.)
Icom America and EAA Warbirds of America hosted the special events station W9W, which will air all week on AirVenture. Look for W9W on 40 to 10 meters and on VHF and UHF. The station will be installed against the backdrop of the exhibition of old historical and vintage military aircraft.
Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club Members (FCARC) operate W9ZL from nearby Pioneer Airport. The resort is located in KidVenture, which is packed with activities for children and young people who frequent AirVenture. (See the ARRL Special events database for more details on W9ZL and W9W.)
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, EAA AirVenture will welcome Apollo 11 crew member Michael Collins on Friday July 26 as the featured guest of the event. Apollo astronaut Joe Engle will join Collins during the evening program at the Theater in the Woods.