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SVHFS Conference 2020 Registration & Call For Papers

The 2020 Southeastern VHF Society Conference will be held in Gainesville, Georgia on April 24-25, 2020. Gainesville, GA is approximately 60 miles north of Atlanta in EM84ch. It is about 1.5 miles from I-985.

The Ramada Inn, of Gainesville, Georgia is the conference hotel for the 2020 SVHFS Conference. The hotel is now taking reservations directly. To book your room, please see the conference page. The conference rate is $80 per night. To secure this rate, call the hotel directly at 770-531-0907. Do not call Ramada central reservations or book through the Ramada Website.

Conference Pre-registration:
Pre-registration is now open through April 15, 2020. Please use the registration form on the conference web page.

Call for papers:
Papers and presentations are solicited on both the technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave weak signal amateur radio. The deadline for the submission of papers and presentations for this year’s conference is March 7, 2020. Please indicate when you submit your paper or presentation if you plan to attend the conference and present your paper in person or if you are submitting solely for publication. Papers and presentations are being handled by Charles Osborne, K4CSO if you have any questions.

Please see http://svhfs.org/wp/conference/call-for-papers/ for complete details concerning papers and presentations.

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CSVHFS Conference

Greetings VHF+ Operators!

As this year’s Conference President, I, along with the Conference’s host team, cordially invite you to attend the 54th annual Central States VHF Society Conference, which is being held at the Radisson Hotel located on the beautiful riverfront of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 24th and 25th, 2020.

This year’s event will have all the great activities you’ve come to expect from a CSVHFS Conference: technical presentations, antenna range, noise figure lab, rover row and dish bowl, Thursday evening social activity, Friday evening trade-fest, dealer room, hospitality suite for evening socializing, fun family activities, and a closing banquet with a guest speaker and a prize table.

If you have never been to a CSVHFS conference before, you will find it a great event where you will learn many new things, meet new people, and connect with others you have talked to on-the-air. If you are new to VHF-and-above operating, you will want to be sure to attend the perennial favorite, VHF 101, an alternate track talk designed to get new VHFers successfully on the air. One thing we are certain of: if you attend the CSVHFS conference, you will go home reinvigorated about operating and experimenting on the bands above 50 MHz!

We are sending this letter out early in the new year so that you can make time in your busy summer schedule to attend. From past experience, most attendees arrive on Thursday (July 23rd) and depart on Sunday (July 26th). La Crosse, Wisconsin is easy to get to either by car or air. Interstate 90 passes directly through the city, and the La Crosse Airport (LSE) has direct connections with 3 major airports: Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), and Detroit (DTW). Hotel accommodations at the special conference rate will be available beginning around February 1st.

Registration for the conference will open around May 1st. Be sure to visit the conference website at http://2020.csvhfs.org/ for ongoing updates and further information. Please direct any questions you may have about the Conference to registration@csvhfs.org

We look forward to seeing you in La Crosse in late July!

73,

Bruce Richardson, W9FZ

CSVHFS President

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Tossed Salad

I was out of town all last week and suddenly, it’s Sunday and I’ll be back to work tomorrow. Time flies and apparently, so will the snow later tonight. Forecasts say 4-6 inches of snow so tomorrow’s commute will be an aggravation. It still doesn’t seem like a weather episode that would trigger a winter weather advisory. Guess we will find out soon enough.

Nothing happened in the shack during my absence though the Diamond X-6000A antenna did arrive. I’m still waiting on the cable and some assorted hardware, but the plan to install this over the long Christmas holiday break remains on target.

While I was away a few things dropped online, most notably the 25th episode of TX Factor. It’s always interesting but is published infrequently, so I set a reminder to myself to watch when it does appear only to forget it until the next episode hits the wire. I watched right away this time around and especially enjoyed the interview with Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ from Elecraft.

The December 2019 edition of the 432 and Above EME Newsletter by K2UYH also hit the Web, as did the the latest issue of the the 144 MHz EME NewsLetter by DF2ZC. About the time I got caught up with those, the December edition of Cheese Bits, the monthly publication of the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club and another must read publication showed up too.

With the to-do list growing by the day, I hate to take on another project right now. But installing a sky camera to capture falling stars and joining the American Meteor Society volunteer network is bound to get added to my list eventually.