The 18th annual Ham Radio University (HRU) educational conference will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Briarcliffe College, 1055 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 HRU is not a hamfair or flea market. It is a day of activities at which some 300 Amateur Radio enthusiasts will share ideas, experiences, knowledge and fellowship. Ham Radio University also will be the New York City/Long Island Section Convention of ARRL: The National Association for Amateur Radio™. The event will include more than two dozen informational forums and hands-on workshops moderated by local experts in a broad range of Amateur Radio activities including: Building an Amateur Radio Station; Communicating Through Amateur Radio Earth Satellites; Remote Station Operating Over The Internet; and workshops on Ethernet connectors and computer-based electronic test equipment. The keynote speaker will be Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Chief Executive Officer of ARRL. Special event station W2HRU will be operating throughout the event, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience Amateur Radio communications firsthand. There also will be a Volunteer Examiner (VE) session in the afternoon for individuals who would like to take a Federal Communications Commission license examination to upgrade or obtain a first-time ham radio license. No advance registration is required. Ham Radio University is a cooperative effort supported by radio clubs and related organizations in the New York City - Long Island area. They will have displays in a Club Room and provide information about ham radio licensing classes, public service events and other amateur radio activities. Further information and the forum schedule is on line at: http://www.HamRadioUniversity.org There will be free parking and a cafeteria will be open for breakfast and lunch. A suggested donation for attendees is $5.00.