Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference



The ARRL Alabama Section and the Huntsville Hamfest Association are proud to announce that the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama August 14th and 15th 2014.


GAREC conference will be held in connection with the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention / Annual Huntsville Hamfest. The Huntsville Hamfest will be held on Saturday August 16th and Sunday 17th, at the Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville Alabama, USA.


GAREC conference will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency communications.  All Emergency Communication minded amateurs radio operators and professionals are invited to attend! 


In 2005, the first Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference was organized on the initiative of Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR in Tampere, Finland. Following the success of this event and the increased interest in international and regional cooperation on emergency communications, GAREC Conferences established themselves as annual events

For each conference, an organizing committee works together with a local host, and the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) representatives participate in the event. In its 2009 meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the IARU Administrative Council has now defined the relationship between GAREC and IARU, by adopting the following recommendations contained in the Statement of the GAREC-2009 Conference:

“GAREC 2009 recommends, that GAREC conferences should continue to be held in locations throughout the world to the extent possible and should maintain the character of GAREC as an informal meeting among representatives of IARU member societies and of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Groups within or outside of the respective National IARU Member Society, serving as a forum for the exchange of experience and as an advisory body for the work on emergency communications of the IARU.”


2014 GAREC Conference Detailed Information


Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel, Huntsville Alabama, United States 35801

800 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama, United States 35801
Tel: +1-256-539-7373  Fax: +1-256-539-7374;jsessionid=01U3WBHVJTR1ECSGBIXMVCQKIYFCVUUC?ctyhocn=HSVESES

Rate: $114.

Group/Convention code: HAM


This hotel is connected to the Von Braun convention center via a sky bridge. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home to Space Camp®, is just a short drive from the hotel. Complimentary cooked to order breakfast and a manager’s reception in the evening is included. Each room features flat panel plasma TVs and fiber optic cabled high speed wire and wireless internet access. There are additional fees for self parking and internet access. Free internet access is available in the lobby area. A limited number of rooms are also available on Wednesday and Thursday to help accommodate early arrivals for the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference.


Other Local Hotels:

SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown
Book Suite with one king bed, breakfast included, $99.00 per night
Book Suite with two queen beds, breakfast included, $99.00 per night


Huntsville Marriott

Reservations: The hotel is approximately 10 minutes from the convention center, and is located adjacent to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.


Date:  Thursday, 14th and Friday, 15th August 2014


Pre-registration / On-line registration:


Agenda:  Official Program


Presentation information:  Contact

Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP / HB9AQS
IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications



Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is approximately 12 miles from the Embassy Suites and Von Braun Convention Center (drive time: 15 minutes), the site of the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention and Huntsville Hamfest.


International Travel:

For those countries where a VISA is not required to visit the USA see the ESTA application page.

For amateurs who will need a VISA, see 


Other activities: 

GAREC Banquet Dinner

W1AW/4 Station

Regional ARRL Centennial Event


Additional information:


GAREC-07 Conference presentations

GAREC-07 ARRL Article

GAREC-07 Programs


Links to local information:




For Additional Information contact:

Greg Sarratt, W4OZK,



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