New Mexico TechFest

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico is pleased to announce the 2020 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday February 29, 2020 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center located at 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Join fellow amateur radio operators from around the Land of Enchantment (and beyond) for a day of quality presentations, demonstrations, and instruction provided by some of New Mexico and Colorado’s most experienced technical hams on a variety of emerging and relevant technical topics within amateur radio today. The New Mexico TechFest is designed to provide a unique opportunity for all hams interested in the technical aspects of our hobby to advance and expand their technical knowledge and to facilitate technical discussion, collaboration, and discuss ideas with one another.

Ham-specific and presentation-related prizes will be drawn throughout the TechFest event. Refreshments including coffee, water, and light snacks will be available. Lunch, catered by local small business, will be available at an optional cost.

Additionally, a limited number of tables with AC power will be provided for attendees to set up and conduct informal ham-related technology/project demonstrations and technical posterboard presentations between the formal presentations, during lunch, and at the conclusion of the event.  Due to space limitations, attendees interested in providing a demonstration or posterboard presentation should submit details to TechFest organizers for review and consideration. Sales and promotions not permitted.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us for TechFest 2020!

TechFest Presentation, Posterboard & Demo Lineup and Schedule

(Schedule and speaker order are subject to change)

  • 8:00-8:30am: Pre-registered attendee check-in, meet and greet
  • 8:30-8:45am: TechFest kickoff, welcoming comments
  • 8:45-9:00am: Overview of posterboards/demonstrations
  • 9:00-9:50am: Basic PC Interfaces for Homebrew Projects (by John Klem AA5PR, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • 10:00-10:50am: Skytracker: Send a Party Balloon Around the World and Track it (by Bill Brown WB8ELK via Skype from Madison, Alabama)
  • 11:00-11:50am: Exploring the Millimeter Wave Bands: Design and Construction of 78 and 122 GHz Transverters (by Mark Lewis N0IO, Grand Junction, Colorado)
  • 11:50am-1:00pm: Technical demonstrations and Lunch (bring your sack lunch, eat pre-ordered catered lunch, or dine out; a list of nearby restaurants will be provided)
  • 12:15pm: Launch of amateur radio pico balloon carrying VHF APRS or HF WSPR Skytracker geolocation payload (TechFest venue parking lot; weather permitting)
  • 1:00-1:50pm: A Review of the NanoVNA – its history, its configuration and its usage in Amateur Radio (by Larry Goga AE5CZ, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • 2:00-2:50pm: QMesh: A long-range, low-cost wireless mesh network for digital voice communications (by Dan Fay KG5VBY, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • 3:00-3:50pm: 3D Printing for Amateur Radio Applications (by Jerry Boyd WB8WFK, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • 3:50-4:15pm: Final prize drawings, closing comments
  • 4:15-5:00pm: Technical posterboards/demonstrations, collaboration, cleanup


Posterboards and Demonstrations:

  • Basic PC Interfaces for Homebrew Projects (by John Klem AA5PR, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Implementing CaveNet, a Wireless Data Network for Cave Communications (by John T. M. Lyles K5PRO of Los Alamos, New Mexico)
  • Additional posterboard and demonstrations will be added as TechFest nears.

»»» Click here for Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Register to Attend the New Mexico TechFest

TechFest admission is $10, payable via online registration. Pre-registration is required to attend.

»»» Click here to register online!

Event Flyer

A printable event flyer is available for posting on ham listserves, within your club’s newsletter, or on your club’s website. Please help us spread the word across the amateur radio community about this unique event.

»»» Download and pass around the New Mexico TechFest flyer.

Call for Presentations and Important Dates

The New Mexico TechFest seeks high quality presentations, posterboards, and demos on emerging and relevant amateur radio technical topics, techniques, and applications. Original content highly encouraged. Hams interested in conducting a TechFest presentation, posterboard, or demo should submit a summary/abstract of their proposed topic to for consideration. Please note the following:

  • Call for TechFest presentations, posterboards, and demos: Today-January 1, 2020
  • Deadline to submit summary/abstract of proposed presentation, posterboard, or demo: January 1, 2020
  • All submitted proposals reviewed by TechFest committee: January 2-6, 2020
  • Final TechFest presentation lineup selected, posted on event website: Week of January 6, 2020
  • Presentation slots are generally 50 minutes in length, including all anticipated discussion and Q&A.
  • More than one presentation, posterboard, or demo proposal may be submitted for consideration.
  • Sales and promotional presentations are not permitted.

For inquiries or to submit your technical presentation abstract, please email us at

2020 TechFest Prize Contributors

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio and the New Mexico TechFest wishes to recognize and thank the following prize contributors:

Interested in donating a technical or amateur radio related prize to the New Mexico TechFest? Please email us at

Map to TechFest Venue