Concerns over coronavirus and various advisories regarding travel and large group gatherings have prompted cancellations of two upcoming ham meetings - the Visalia International DX Convention in California and the HamSci workshop in Pennsylvania.
In a March 10 letter to speakers and participants, the co-chairs of the International DX Convention wrote: "Due to concerns (for the) health and wellbeing of our amateur radio family, our age group and possible compromised health issues; we are taking the side of safety and cancelling the convention. Even though the percentage of COVID-19 is low, there are person(s) who have the illness but mild form and have not seen a physician. It only takes 1 person to pass the virus to a person with a compromised illness. We will be in close proximity of each other. Yes, the timing is bad, but all of your lives and families are more important."