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San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon  CA  94583

Friday through Sunday

Oct. 16-18, 2020

COVID-19 Note:

Pacificon Family,
After a long and careful consideration of many circumstances concerning holding a virtual Pacificon for 2020, the Committee has determined that we would not be able to even approach our standard of quality in a virtual setting. So Pacificon is canceled for 2020, both in-person and virtual.
Our investigations included consultations with the ARRL, our potential vendors and speakers, consideration of other virtual conventions occurring in the same time frame, the cost of the services needed to provide a quality experience and other factors.
Although Pacificon 2020 will not be held, we believe that the pandemic restrictions will be behind us well before Pacificon 2021 arrives, so we'll be working to make it as special as we can. Mark your calendars now for Friday through Sunday, October 15-17, 2021 at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. We'll see you there in person and anxious for all the latest information and gadgets. 
Thank you for your loyalty to Pacificon. We'll see you then!
Please see our Announcements page for prior notes.

  Pacificon gives you three great days of activities for one low cost:
* A full slate of outstanding Forum
presentations about a wide range of amateur radio topics
* Gordon West
* Bob Heil
* Youth Forum with Carole Perry
* A large Vendor Expo filled with exciting products and exhibits
* An outdoor Swap Meet
* QRP activities
* Youth Activities
* Electronics kit building and soldering instruction
* A One Day License Prep Class to prepare you to pass the amateur radio Technician license examination and get your first amateur radio license
* A One Day License Prep Class to prepare you to upgrade to the General Class level.
* Two days of License Testing
* A Special Events Station where you can operate and contact other hams worldwide, even if you don't have a General or Extra Class license
* A wonderful Banquet with Keynote Speaker
* Our annual Wouff Hong Initiation ceremony
* A chance to hear about and discuss important national amateur radio issues with top ARRL leaders
* A chance to win radios and other great prizes throughout the convention

And perhaps the best part -
a chance to interact and share information with lots of other amateur radio enthusiasts to further (or begin) your own knowledge and to advance the hobby.

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Pacificon Announcements

The Mt. Diablo Radio Club and the Pacificon Committee is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 virus pandemic. We also know that a number of hamfests around the country that were scheduled to be held in the next 2-3 months have been cancelled. But we remain hopeful that this emergency will pass in time for us to hold Pacificon in October. So our planning continues. We plan to launch Attendee Registration in early May, depending on events at that time. Please check this web site occasionally for updates, not just for registration, but also for our events and forums. If you have any questions, please contact us at Thank you.

Pacificon 2020 is Live!


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PACIFICON is looking for qualified people to give presentations at our next conference. Just a few of the topics we're looking for include tuning duplexers, coax termination, configuring certain handheld radios, fundamentals of radio technology, antennas, public service, emergency response, digital communications, maker kits and just about any other subject of interest to hams.

If you would like to be considered as a backup speaker, please send an email to Julie Mah at

If you are interested in presenting at PACIFICON, please go to our
Speaker Proposals page
to complete the speaker application

and THANK You!

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Volunteer at PACIFICON

Volunteers make all the difference at Pacificon.
We need your help in all areas to make Pacificon the best conference possible. Whether it be registration, security, the talk-in station, forums or any of the many other events, we can use your help. Even just a couple of hours will be appreciated. We also need volunteers to help plan and prepare for the Big Weekend. Go to our Volunteers registration page

Courtesy of Randy Hall, K7AGE
Thank you, Randy!

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: Photographers and/or videographers may be on site to document the Pacificon Conference events and activities. Photos and videos are the sole property of the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club. By registering for and/or attending Pacificon events, attendees understand that Pacificon/MDARC may use their likenesses for future promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be photographed, please notify the photographer and/or videographer on site.

Most of the images on this web site are provided by MDARC's photographers extraordinaire,
Pete Harris, KE6ZIW and Barry Isseks, K6ZA. Thank you, Pete! Thank you, Barry!


Pacificon 2020

is the ARRL Pacific Division
Annual Conference
presented by the
Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.