This weekend will see the 66th International DX Convention come to Visalia, where hundreds, perhaps thousands, of HAM radio operators from around the world will “invade” the Visalia Convention Center.
Each year, the Northern California DX Club (this year’s host) and the Southern California DX Club alternate hosting the internationally known convention, drawing interested parties from around the world. The three-day convention, held in Visalia since 1978, has events for all the myriad aspects of Amateur Radio, from seminars on “DX-peditions” (traveling and setting up radio stations in remote locations, from tropical islands to Antarctica) and how to operate a radio station in a safe and neighbor-friendly manner, to updates in technology and operating procedures. Manufacturers and organizations set up tables and booths in the Convention Center to hawk their wares, from local US Tower, to international giants Icom and Yaesu.
Locals may notice an influx of strange looking cars, trucks, and vans, sporting an impressive array of antennas, radio gear, and unusual license plates. Don’t worry, they’re just here to have a great weekend, enjoying Visalia’s hospitality while they attend the convention and visit local restaurants and hotels.
Local HAM radio repeaters will be active with new voices, as the convention attendees chat with local operators. A primary repeater for this region is the Tulare County Amateur Radio Club‘s 146.88 (-) PL 103.5. Also available, and soon to be linked, are 223.880 (-) PL 103.5, 440.400 (+) PL 103.5, 927.025 (-) PL 141.3, and 1286.300 (-) PL 103.5. The Porterville Amateur Repeater Association maintains a repeater on the Marriott Hotel for the Visalia area. The frequency is 146.970 (-) PL 100.
Welcome to the attendees of the 66th International DX Convention. Enjoy your visit in Visalia.
73 de KC6YRU