Technical Forums

Here's the schedule for all Saturday's Technical Forums.

See the Conference Overview Schedule page for an overview of the weekend.
This includes all the events on Friday and Sunday.

To download at PDF version of this schedule, click here.
(Note: in full size, it's formatted to print on 11" x 17" paper.)

Saturday Forums
Oct 21, 2017

Salon 2 Salon E
Salon F
Salon G/H
Pleasanton/ Danville
Advanced Tips on Using Your HT
by Fred Townsend AE6QL
Ham Instructor Academy
by Gordon West
 Remote Access to Your Amateur Radio Station
by Mark Aker, K6UFO
 AMSAT - Amateur Satellites
Joseph Spier, K6WAO
(see Note 10)
 Getting Started with Digital Modes
by Sholto Fisher; K7TMG
Youth Forum
by Carole Perry, WB2MGP
(see Note 1)
 Ham Instructor Academy
by Gordon West
 What do you mean I can't do it?
Barry Bettman, K6ST
(See Note 16)

 VHF-UHF Propagation Planning for Amateur Radio Repeaters
by Steve Stearns, K6OIK
 Multimode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM)
Jim Mclaughlin; KI6ZUM, &

Jim Moen, K6JM
(see Note 13)
Youth Forum
Carole Perry - WB2MGP
 Improve Your Receiving Audio with Parametric Equalization
by Bob Heil, K9EID
(see Note 5)
 Weak Signal Propagation
Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
(see Note 8)
 A Small Easy To Build Receive Antenna for 160/80M
by Jim Brown - K9YC
 Software Defined Radio
by Steve Brightman
(See Note 19 for link to presentation.)
 Lunch Break
Shack In The Box
by Bob Burchett, WB6SLC
(see Note 18)

Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
ARISS Contact
Daryl Paule, KI6MSP
(see Note 2)
 A Wire In The Air-
What Matters Most
by Kristen McIntyre, K6WX
(see Note 6)
 PARASET - A QRP Spy Radio of WWII and its 21st Century Reincarnations
Hiroki Kato, AH6CY
(See Note 17)
 Amateur Radio Repeater Systems
by Kenneth Finnegan - W6KWF
 SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications In The 21st Century
by Bill Feist,
 DATV in the UK
by Ron Simpson, N6GKJ
(see Note 3)
How Can Simple Adjustments Put Me on Top of the Pileups
by Bob Heil, K9EID
 NCDCX Elmering Program
by John Eisenberg, K6YP
 APRS User Guide
by Marcel Stieber, AI6MS
(see Note 11)
 SkyWarn Training
by . . .
(see Note 14)
 The Dark Side of Solar Power
David Refoua, KI6QIO
(see Note 4)
 Introduction to PSK-31
by Randy Hall, K7AGE
(see Note 7)
 Design of the LART/1
by David Fannin, KK6DF
(see Note 9, Presentation link available)
 Communications Infrastructure for Special Events
  by Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF
(see Note 12)
 Ham Radio's Role During the Vietnam War
by Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI
(see Note 15)

Youth Forum; by Carole Perry, WB2MGP:
     Will consist of my giving a brief informative ppt of what I can offer FOR FREE through RCA Youth Activities to teachers or scout leaders who are teaching ham radio programs. I will be presenting  several local young hams who will give PowerPoint talks on their favorite radio topics. I will provide all handout materials.

2.) ARISS Contact; by Daryl Paule, KI6MSP:
     I will feature the ARISS contact that I put together for 19 students at Brook Haven School in Sebastapol, CA.

3.) DATV in the UK; by Ron Simpson, N6GKJ:
     Latest trends in DATV coming out of the UK.

4.) The Dark Side of Solar Power; by David Refoua - KI6QIO:
     How the energy from the sun can leave us all in the dark!

5.) Time to improve your Receiving audio with Parametric Equalization; by Bob Heil - K9EID:
      Live demonstrations on what has been missing and how to correct it.

6.) A Wire In The Air;  by Kyristen McIntyre - K6WX:
     What matters most - The magic of radio happens when we couple RF into the fabric of spacetime.

7.) Introduction to PSK-31; by Randy Hall, K7AGE:
     PSK-31 is the most popular digital mode being used on the HF bands today.

8.) Weak Signal Propagation; by Carol Milazzo, KP4MD:
      A basic overview and live demonstration of K1JT's WSPR.

9.) Design of the LART/1; by David Fannin KK6DF:
     DIY Arduino-based APRS Tracker Project
     David's presentation is available at the following link. It can be viewed online and downloaded as a PowerPoint (5.3 MB), a PDF (2.5 MB) and other formats.

10.) AMSAT - Amateur Satellites;  by Joseph Spier, K6WAO:
     Update, Education, and You

11.) APRS User Guide; by Marcel Stieber, AI6MS:
     What is it and how do I get started?

12.) Communications Infrastructure for Special Events; by Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF:
     Supporting the Wildflower Triathlon

Multimode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM); by Jim Mclaughlin; KI6ZUM:
     An open source repeater/hotspot project

14.) SkyWarn Training;
     by Brian Garcia NWS; Paul Young - K6PDY; founder of NorCal Skywarn; Ron Bunch -W4FEK, MDARC EmComm

Ham Radio's Role During the Vietnam War; by Dennis Vernacchia, N6KI:
     How hams who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war were vital in making the not so very well run Army MARS program successful in getting radio-telephone phone patches to their family, friends and loved ones back to the states.

16.) What do you mean I can't do it?; by Barry Bettman, K6ST:
Putting in a great antenna, upgrading my license, going on high power, trying a new mode, etc ... are just a few areas that we hams run into resistance on. But what is the underlying causes and solutions to overcoming these challenges? An interactive conversation to learn and share with others, with a little elmering and support.

17.) PARASET - A QRP Spy Radio of WWII and its 21st Century Reincarnations; by Hiroki Kato, AH6CY:
This is a story of a QRP spy radio of WWII: how it was developed and how it was used in war against Nazi Germany. The presentation will include how to build a replica of the original 3-tube transceiver as well as building 21st Century solid state versions. Time permitting, there will be a demonstration of how to operate the Paraset.

18.) Shack In The Box; by Bob Burchett, WB6SLC:
A lunchtime discussion by one of our vendors, Novexcomm. Preparing and assembling a rapid deployment "Go Box", or just for Field Day operators to enjoy the use of their ham radio equipment in a rugged, portable/ transportable format. Where are you going to take it, how will you use it, do you have any digital aspirations (will you need a modem in that case too) or do you like EME work, need a PC interface and what about tuners & amplifiers are some of the questions Bob will discuss; along with such considerations as weight, heat dissipation and power sources. Bob will also demonstrate a product he is offering; "a portable Go Box case designed for that ‘first time ham’, with one radio in it that is a mostly one-size-fits-all in no more than 3 rack units of space to get them on the air from 160 thru 450 MHz with as many features as we can jam into a single radio for the lowest price and all packed into a Go Box they can afford & carry."

Software Defined Radio; by Steve Brightman:
Steve's presentation is available in PowerPoint format at this link:
(5.2 MB)
If you need PDF instead, use this link: (2.5 MB)