Michigan International Speedway, Home of the Great Lakes HamCon scheduled for October 7 & 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Scott Mapes.
The most exciting ham radio event to ever hit Michigan has been scheduled for October 7 & 8,2017 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) near Brooklyn, Michigan.
MIS is located in the vacation area of Southeastern Michigan known as the Irish Hills. The racetrack is the home of two NASCAR races each year (June & October) and other non-racing events and is near major highways and air transportation. The facility is comprised of 1400 acres in the rolling hills of SE Michigan.
The entire event will be held in the infield of the 2 mile track with lots of asphalt surfaces in the pit area. We have 22,500 square feet of indoor area for commercial vendors and a huge paved area for flea market space. All types of camping on site are available (tents to pop up campers to fifth wheels to full blown motorhomes) with 24 hour security services. Medical personnel will be on site during the entire event for your safety. The facility will be open on Friday, Oct 6 for vendor load in and set up. Load out will be on Sunday, Oct 8) at the close of the event. All activity should be complete by 2100 Sunday evening.
Food services will be available and ticketing will be available electronically. There will be a complete complement of commercial vendors and many forums and workshops, including a ham in a day class taught by Dan, KB6NU. This class will be followed by a VE session which will be open to anyone interested in testing for a new license or an upgrade.
There are a great number of details that are still in the process of being developed. We are assembling our team to plan and operate the HamCon in conjunction with participating amateur radio clubs in roughly a 50 mile radius of the track. Our organization is the Great Lakes Amateur Radio Association, which will be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Our website is www.glhamcon.org and we are on Facebook as Great Lakes Ham Convention and our Twitter ID is GLHamCon. All of our social media is in the process of being developed and will be fleshed out as things develop. Scott Westerman, W9WSW is heading up our Social Media efforts.
As you might imagine, planning an event of this size is an enormous undertaking. There is lots of work to be done and we are working very hard to make this the very best Ham Radio event ever.