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Written by Jeff Troy
As featured on page 50 in the March 2012 issue.
Read the event history and view online exclusive photos.

WRAM is the acronym for the Westchester Radio AeroModelers—the founders and producers of one of the largest and longest-running RC shows in the country. Nearly every model airplane enthusiast in America likely has heard of the WRAM Show.

I attended my first WRAM Show in 1963, and was blown away. I saw models, engines, RC systems, and accessories from nearly every company in the industry. I saw (and met) many of the people I had read about in hobby magazines. The show was overwhelming.

The West Coast has the AMA Expo, and the Midwest has the Weak Signals R/C Expo in Toledo, Ohio, but for aeromodelers in the East, the WRAM Show has long been the center of the universe. Manufacturer’s exhibits are the WRAM Show’s primary draw—with many of the industry’s prominent companies in attendance.

Static displays are another big attraction. Awards are given in 10 aircraft categories, three marine vessel categories, and two for RC cars. WRAM static tables traditionally draw many of the finest works from the RC hobby’s prominent model craftsmen. Attendees are invited to register their own models for the static competition.

WRAM also offers a huge swap shop and auction. If you’re selling, bring your sale items to the registration table, fill out the details, pay a small, upfront commission, and WRAM club members handle all the grunt work. You’re free to enjoy the show while your items are sold. If you want to buy, the swap shop is open during show hours.

In addition to the exhibitors, static displays, and the swap shop, WRAM offers a variety of seminars. The 2011 show highlights included an AMA District II general membership meeting, and meetings by the International Miniature Aircraft Association and the National Society of Radio Controlled Aerobatics.

The 44th WRAM Show is set for February 24-26, 2012, and will be held for the first time at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The event was formerly held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The move to the expansive, modern facility should improve consumer comfort and access. The new venue offers national and international transportation and on-site parking.

For additional details about the WRAM Show including directions, accommodations, and information about the host club, visit the Westchester Radio AeroModelers website listed in the “Sources” section.

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