2018 Radiofest Information
1-630-691-0500 Front Desk/
1-630-691-8221 Hotel Fax
When making reservations you must mention you want the ARCI discounted rate.
Check-In: 3:00 P.M.
Check Out: 12:00 P.M.
August 24, 25, 2018
SAME LOCATION !
550 N. Shriners Drive
Addison IL. 60101
Hilton Garden Inn
551 N. Swift Road
The Medinah Shriners facility is located at the junction of I-355 and Army Trail
Road in Addison, IL. This is a very convenient location that can be easily accessed from
all directions within the entire Chicago area.
The outdoor parking areas are well suited for Radiofest. The swap meet will be
located in its own large parking lot at the west end of the facility. There will be plenty of
seller spaces available with lots of room between rows for maneuvering a small truck or
a vehicle with a trailer. The seller’s lot is also totally out of the main traffic flow, which
should be good news for those walking around the swap meet.
Directly adjacent to the seller’s lot is the main parking lot, with over 170 spaces available for buyers and other visitors. It is an easy walk from one lot to the other, with plenty of spaces available.
The indoor banquet facility is equally as impressive as the outside: modern, beautifully maintained, and very spacious. We will only use about a third of the ballroom (and still have plenty of space) for the auction and banquets, along with an adjacent space for our equipment display and contest areas.
Finally, we will be using one of the large “classroom” spaces for our speaker presentations, located right down the hall from the ballroom.
Our official hotel for Radiofest 2018 is the Hilton Garden Inn: located directly
adjacent to the Medinah Shriners, complex, and a very short walk from the banquet
facilities and parking lots. Medinah Shriners and Hilton Garden Inn are completely
independent entities, but they coordinate closely on events. Our contact at Shriners helped
us negotiate a really great rate with the hotel at a rate of $95 per night. This is a really
nice hotel at a really nice price. You won’t be disappointed!
Reservations for the hotel are now open!
Radiofest remains close to both Chicago airports (20 miles from O’Hare and 26 miles from Midway). Hotel reservations for August 24,25,2018 must be made directly with the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is offering discounted rates for radio show attendees starting at $95.00 for standard rooms. You must mention ARCI to get the discounted rate.
We strongly recommend that you make your reservations early.
GPS coordinates for Radiofest
Longitude - 88.040649
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SCHEDULE: Just like 2017, we will start the action with our Friday night auction,
followed on Saturday morning by the swap meet through mid-afternoon. The swap meet
will again be located in its own large parking lot at the west end of the facility. There
will be plenty of seller spaces available with lots of room between rows for maneuvering
a small truck or a vehicle with a trailer. The sellers’ lot is also totally out of the main
traffic flow, which is good for those walking around the swap meet. The pavement will
be marked with parking spaces and continues to be in excellent physical condition.
Directly adjacent to the sellers’ lot is the main parking lot, with over 170 spaces available
for buyers and visitors. It is an easy walk from one lot to the other, with plenty of spaces
available. This parking layout is well-suited for Radiofest!
AUCTION: The opening night auction will be in the Medinah Crescent Ballroom,
with overflow space in the adjacent Medinah Music Room. The large quantity and
excellent quality of items available in the auction make this a “must attend” event. You
never know what you will find here, including rare and highly collectible items. Jim
Sargent from VRPS is returning to co-manage the auction.
PROGRAMS: Our speakers’ programs, contest, and display will occur throughout
the day on Saturday, followed by the Carl & Carolyn Knipfel banquet on Saturday night.
Radiofest 2018 speakers’ programs will feature three sessions, with a break during the
noon hour. Programs will include topics on broadcasting program material through your
antique radio, mechanical television, and the Bill Ross Ham Forum with a focus on
Heathkits and the Heath Company.
DISPLAY: This year, Radiofest 2018 will commemorate Electronic Kits. Chances
are if you have been around antique radios for a while, you have either built or used a
piece of equipment that started out as a kit. Remember names like Heathkit, Allied
Radio/Knight Kit and EICO? These are the big names, but there were and continue to
be other companies offering kits for radios and electronics equipment. Do you have nice
examples of built or unbuilt kits you might be interested in sharing in the display? Along
with the kit, any related documentation such as the instruction manual, advertising
literature and even the original box would enhance the display. Watch future issues of
ARCI NEWS and the ARCI website for additional information.
CONTEST: This year’s contest categories will include the electronic kits brought
in for display and other categories to be announced in the future.
APPRAISALS:We will also have our popular appraisal tent and the outdoor ham
station with special ARCI club call letters WA9RCI.
DONATIONS: The usual donation auction will be held late in the afternoon on
Saturday. Keep in mind that you may purchase donated items throughout the day without
having to wait for the actual donation auction. Either way, your purchase will likely be
a bargain! We are always looking for suggestions on ways to improve it. If you have a
good idea, please contact Steve Muchow at email@example.com.
This year we are celebrating radio and electronics kits. We invite you to participate in
our special display theme for Radiofest 2018. ARCI members are invited to bring one or
several pieces of equipment for display, but MUST preregister to avoid duplication of
entries in the limited space available.
We will have a display of any and all radio and electronics kit and kit-related items. We
are looking for your contributions such as but not limited to:
• Early (1940s to 1960s) tube or transistor radios
• Kits (built and unbuilt) from well-known and lesser-known suppliers
• Test equipment
• Hi-Fi and Stereo
• Unusual product categories
• Related items such as original boxes that housed the kit
• Any original documents such as building instructions and advertising items.
We would like to feature any items with newspaper or magazine articles and original
equipment instructions, documentation and photos. The display is not limited to
commercially produced items.
Please submit the RADIOFEST 2018 SPECIAL DISPLAY REGISTRATION FORM
which will be available at the April meet and is also downloadable from our ARCI
website. Submit it to Jeff Aulik or Barry Janov no later than June 15 for consideration
by the committee. Our intent is to notify each applicant no later than July 4 regarding
which items will be accepted for display.
NOTE: The Special Display is a special feature of Radiofest that operates in addition to
the contest room. We invite our members to participate in both venues. Please email Jeff
Aulik at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barry Janov at email@example.com if you would
like to participate
RADIOFEST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Radiofest’s flea market, speaker programs, contests, auction, and displays are all
made possible through the tireless efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers who have
generously donated their time and talents to this wonderful event. But, we could really
use some extra help from you. If you have some time available on Friday evening to help
out with the auction, or on Saturday during the day to lend a hand, please consider
volunteering to help us out. If you are available and would like to help us out, please
contact Steve Muchow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our greatest needs are in:
• Main Auction and Parking Lot Preparation (Friday afternoon and evening).
• Old Equipment Contest registration.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT DISPLAY
Commemorate the history and evolution of radio and electronics kits.
If you have any items you wish to display,
please fill out the form in this issue or contact the organizers
RADIOFEST 2018 CONTEST CATEGORIES
With Awards For:
Dr. and mrs. Ralph muchow “Best Of Show” Award
People’s Choice Award
Chairman’s Trophy; Best Historical Display
1st, 2nd, 3rd Per Category
Radios and Apparatus Pre-1930 Speakers
Radios/TVs Thru WWII (up to 1945) Electronic Kits
Radios/TVs Post WWII (After 1945) Open
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