New Mexico TechFest

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico is pleased to announce the 2018 New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event, on Saturday February 24, 2018 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’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 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 2018!

TechFest Presentation, Posterboard & Demo Lineup and Schedule

(Presenter order subject to change.)

>>> Click here to review this year’s speaker biographies and presentation abstracts.

  • 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: Getting Onto the 24 GHz Band (Bill Schwantes W7QQ of Santa Fe, NM)
  • 10:00-10:50am: The Brandmeister DMR Network – Access Methods and Best Practices (Mike Lozano KØNGA of Centennial, CO)
  • 11:00-11:50am: Noise Origins, Effects, and Mitigation Strategies (Jim Duffey KK6MC of Cedar Crest, NM)
  • 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)
  • 1:00-1:50pm: 900 MHz FM and Digital Mode Experimentation (Skyler Fennel KDØWHB of Denver, CO)
  • 2:00-2:50pm: Using WSPRLite for Comparing HF Antenna Performance (Bill Mader K8TE of Albuquerque, NM)
  • 3:00-3:50pm: Arduino Microcontrollers & Amateur Radio (Ed James KA8JMW of Edgewood, NM)
  • 3:50-4:15pm: Final prize drawings, closing comments
  • 4:15-5:00pm: Technical posterboards/demonstrations, collaboration, cleanup

Technical Posterboards / Demonstrations:

  • New and Emerging Digital RF Topics (Ron Nelson NR5ON and Erik Nelson KE5ZBG of Santa Fe, NM)
  • Visual Demo Reveals Actual FT8, JT65, and JT9 Signal to Noise Ratio (Jim Frazier KC5RUO of Albuquerque, NM)
  • Additional posterboard presentations and demos to be announced

Register to Attend the New Mexico TechFest

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

UPDATE (17 Jan): NM TechFest has reached full capacity, and registration is closed.  If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email us at

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 presenters and presentations on emerging and relevant amateur radio technical topics, techniques, and applications. Hams interested in being a TechFest presenter should submit a summary/abstract of their proposed presentation to for consideration. Please note the following:

  • Call for TechFest presentations: December 1-January 1, 2018
  • Deadline to submit summary/abstract of proposed presentation: January 1, 2018
  • All submitted presentation proposals reviewed by TechFest committee: January 2-6, 2018
  • Final TechFest presentation lineup selected, posted on event website: January 6, 2018
  • Presentations must be 50 minutes in length, including all anticipated discussion and Q&A.
  • More than one presentation proposal may be submitted for consideration.
  • Sales and promotional presentations will not be accepted.
  • Due to space limitations, attendees interested in providing a demonstration or poster board presentation should submit details to TechFest organizers for review and consideration.

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

2018 TechFest Prize Contributors

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

Map to TechFest Venue