1977 ARRL National Convention

Article by Doug Netherton, VE3MCF

In 1977, the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club hosted the ARRL National Convention here in Toronto Ontario.

The agenda of this three day event included tours through the local attractions like the CN Tower.

Several items would not be out of place for conventions today like:

  • QSL Bureau Operations
  • Vintage Radio
  • Micro-Processors
  • DX Forum
  • Antenna Forum
  • Fast and Slow scan ATV
  • Safety in the Shack
  • WARC "79"

Of course, our local organizations like DOC, RSO, and CLARA also had items on the agenda.

One of the hot items was CB to HAM RADIO.

1977 Toronto Amateur Radio Week proclamation

Metro Toronto Chairman, Paul Godfrey, declared it to be Amateur Radio Week.

ARRL 1977 newspaper article

About 3000 radio amateurs from around the world were expected to attend the convention. The newspaper interviewed a well known SARC member, VE3DAY, John McCorriston (SK). I found his name linked with several documents regarding the ARRL convention. The report contains several gems regarding amateur radio for the time.

1977 ARRL Convention committee1977 ARRL Convention clubs

The main organization was performed by SARC's committee, but there was a lot of help from other Toronto area organizations as well.

1977 ARRL SARC President's welcome1977 ARRL Convention - ARRL President's Message

In the convention program, our committee chairman, Gord Steane, VE3BMG welcomed the attendees while ARRL President, Harry Dannals, W2TUK, set the expectations and theme.