Speaker
Abstracts and Biographies





Most of our speakers have abstracts of their presentations and/or personal biographies below.
The speakers are listed in alphabetical order, by last name.

See the Conference Overview Schedule page for an overview of the weekend.
See the Forums Schedule page for full schedule of the Forums.

(Note: Information highlighted in yellow are changes made after the broadsheet was printed.)

Mark Aaker, K6UFO
Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:50 am    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
Remote Access to Your Amateur Radio Station - Latest Developments
Learn how to setup your station, or a club station, for remote access. We'll cover the current successful methods, and talk about recent changes and developments in the technology. Of course we'll save time for your Questions and Answers.

Biography
Mark Aaker K6UFO has operated a remote station for over 10 years, and has researched and presented on this topic at many conventions and club meetings.

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Klaus Berkner, K6KHB
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
A ‘How To’ for Fldigi – Use fldigi/flmsg to Transmit Message Forms

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Barry Bettman, K6ST
Sunday, 9:00 am - 9:50 am        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
Having Fun in Ham Radio
Come to this round table discussion and share your fun experiences. Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to try a new facet of the ham radio hobby.

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Vic Black, AB6SO
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
The Secrets of Successful SOTA Chasing
Vic has been a long time QRPer, and was among the first to join NorCal QRP Club. He holds member number 6. Vic enjoys chasing Summits on the Air and is an accomplished chaser.  He chases SOTA in an interesting way. Vic believes in a level playing field, so he always sets up portable to work SOTA activators.  Vic will be giving us the secrets of successful SOTA chasing.  Being a SOTA Chaser is fun and easy to do.  Vic invites you to come and hear his way of doing it.

Biography
Vic Black, AB6SO has been a ham for 62 years.  He was an accomplished bicycle racer in his younger days, a professional photographer for bicycle racing publications, has an Extra Class Ham Radio License and is currently retired.  Vic has been a long time member of PARA and is currently membership chairman and associate editor of the newsletter.


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Steve Brightman
Saturday, 11:00 am - 11:50 am    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
An Introduction to Software Defined Radio
This talk covers the basics of SDRs and how they have evolved from simple dongles. The variety of devices and their performance are discussed, as well as the many applications that have appeared to take their use beyond traditional ham communications. The talk has been updated to include the latest advancements in the technology.

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Jim Brown, K9YC
Saturday, 11:00 am - 11:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salons G/H

Abstract
Transmitting Chokes for the New 630M Band

Biography
Jim Brown, K9YC, was first licensed in 1955 as WN8FNI, W8FNI (General Class) in 1956, and Amateur Extra and First Class Radiotelephone in 1959. Received BSEE at University of Cincinnati in 1964, where he was trustee of W8YX. He worked for Pete Johnson, a respected broadcast consultant who, along with Carl Smith, wrote the FCC technical rules for AM broadcasting after World War II. He moved to Chicago in 1964 and worked briefly for Motorola, then taught for 5 years at DeVry. In 2003, He received K9YC under the vanity licensing program. In the spring of 2006, he moved to Santa Cruz. He is active in the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC), and the Ridge Runners Radio Club, and trustee of the Ridge Runners Club Station, W6BX. For contesting, he uses two K3s and two TenTec Titan 425s. 6M using the HF antennas. He has wires for 160, 80, and 40M, a 3-element SteppIR, at up at least 100 f. He is currently a sound system design consultant, specializing in systems for theaters, churches, stadiums, arenas, etc. He is also vice chair of the EMC Working Group of the Standards Committee of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and Chair of the AES Technical Committee on EMC. He led the Task Group that produced all four current AES Standards on EMC, and did most of the writing on the topic.

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Ron Bunch, W4FEK
Saturday, 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
Who DID Invent CW

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Michael Burnette, AF7KB
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
How to Hammer Your Next Ham Exam (or just be a more effective learner.)
Michael Burnette, AF7KB, does a lively, informative, and fun 50 to 60 minutes on study techniques that really work -- as he says, "techniques tested and peer-reviewed by real neuro-scientists with real lab coats and clipboards!"

Biography
Michael is the author and narrator of the Fast Track series of ham license books, e-books, and audio courses.

He was a commercial broadcaster for some 25 years. He started as the all-night DJ on an FM station in Tulare, CA, in the days when the joke was that "FM" stood for "Find Me!" Eventually he worked mornings on the #1 station in San Diego, then became the National Program Director for Group W, Westinghouse Broadcasting -- now CBS/Infinity -- then was a Vice President and General Manager for that company. Ownership of his own stations in Bend, Oregon, followed, affording him countless opportunities to fix broken radio stations in the middle of the night!

Following his radio career, he became a seminar leader for a major global seminar company and delivered personal growth and leadership seminars across the US and in Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, Finland, Austria, Spain, Italy and Greece.

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Gino Calestini, KG7POU
Saturday, 08:00 am - 08:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
What You Should Know About Getting an FCC License for Flying FPV
“…the amateur radio hobby could be appealing to many in the R/C hobby because of the tinkering aspect. For some, ham radio is completely DIY. For a tinkerer, that's a siren song. Imagine an R/C hobbyist building their own transmitter for a plane and then being able to build a radio that can talk to almost anywhere in the world on shortwave frequencies. That's just neat. And for those with a competitive streak, ham radio contesting - sometimes called "radiosport" - is a lot of fun.
"Here is a video of the talk I gave at NVCON (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlypxhwTFsk)
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Mike Carper, WA9PIE
Saturday, 08:00 am - 08:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon G/H

Abstract
Ham Radio Deluxe – Rig, Log & Rotor Control

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Mike Corey, KI1U - ARRL
Saturday, 03:00 pm - 04:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon G/H

Abstract
New Volunteer Management System - ARES Connect

Biography
Mike Corey, KI1U, joined the ARRL HQ staff in April 2010 as Emergency Preparedness Manager. Prior to joining League staff he worked in law enforcement in Indiana and Mississippi. He has also served as an emergency management volunteer, disaster response volunteer, reserve police officer, law enforcement academy and public safety instructor, and on emergency operations center staff. Currently he serves with the Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Department.

Mike has been licensed since 1988 and holds an Amateur Extra class license, additionally he holds Canadian basic and advanced qualifications and is licensed as VE9IU. Besides ARES and SKYWARN Mike’s interests in Amateur Radio are diverse; DXing, contesting, CW, satellites, digital modes, and being on the business end of the pile up are a few of his favorite activities.

His memberships include ARRL, Radio Amateurs of Canada, University of Mississippi Amateur Radio Club, Kokomo Amateur Radio Club, and Yankee Clipper Contest Club. He is also a member of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials, National Emergency Management Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, and Radio Club of America. He serves as the ARRL representative to National VOAD and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Governing Board.

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Alexandre Grimberg, Alex Loop Antennas
Saturday, 8:00 am - 8:50 am        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
15 Years of Portable Mag Loop Antenna R & D

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Randy Hall, K7AGE
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E

Abstract
Amateur Radio Digital Modes, 20 Years of Innovation
PSK-31 was introduced nearly 20 years ago. Many other digital modes have been introduced since then, some have become very popular. The power of the personal computer, inclusion of audio inputs and outputs on the computer and radio, increased processing horsepower and worldwide software development has lead to many interesting amateur radio digital modes. Presentation will cover PSK-31, radio interfaces, and highlights of many of the other digital modes available today, including FT-8.

Biography
Randy Hall, K7AGE, has held an Amateur Radio license for 50 years. Randy is widely known for his YouTube ham radio videos. Some of his most popular videos show how to operate PSK-31, satellites, and building antennas. Randy has produced a series of videos introducing the newly licensed ham to 2 meter FM highlighting repeaters, radio programming and operating. Randy has presented to local ham clubs and at PACIFICON, SEA-PAC and QUARTZFEST hamfests. Randy is a contributor to Ham Nation TWIT.tv netcast as a video segment producer hosted by Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA. The easiest way to find Randy’s videos is to google K7AGE. Randy has an Extra class license and regularly posts ham radio content to Twitter as @K7AGE. Randy retired Jan 1 2015 and is now living in Gold Beach, OR building a new hamshack.

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Ward Harriman, AE6TY
Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:50 am        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
RF Circuit Analysis using SimSmith
See how modern Smith Chart software can help the user visualize the operation of antennas, transmission lines, and complex RF circuits.  Using the free software called SimSmith, Ward will show how highly interactive Smith chart software can educate and enable any user from novice to RF circuit expert.  Check YouTube for dozens of videos using SimSmith for education and professional design projects.

Biography
Ward Harriman is retired computer hardware engineer and ham radio enthusiast. He holds an Extra class license (AE6TY) granted in 2005. His airtime is exclusively CW/HF with 17 meters as his favorite band. His bench time is consumed with homebrew design, board layout, construction and programming of self contained CW/QRP/SDR radios. His yard time is spent constructing and analyzing basic wire antennas.

Mr. Harriman is the author of a Smith Chart software package called SimSmith which is available on his website: www.ae6ty.com. Written in Java, it is available for Windows, OS-X, and linux systems. SimSmith is a highly interactive GUI application accessible to beginners and experts alike. Mr. Harriman spends considerable time developing the software and producing video tutorials. These tutorials address topics from basic Smith Chart utilization to the advanced topics of wideband matching and non-ladder circuit analysis.

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Bob Heil, K9EID
Saturday, 10:00 am – 10:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E    (So You Fixed Your Transmit Audio . . .)
Saturday, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E    (Ham Nation's Pine Board Project)

Abstracts
So You Fixed Your Transmit Audio, What About Your Receive Audio?
Revolutionary Parametric Audio System is here

Bob will present live demonstrations of improving the speech articulation of your receive audio.
This will benefit all but especially those that are having trouble hearing.

Ham Nation's Pine Board Project
This is a wonderful project that has really grown from the Ham Nation program.  We have over 1,000 people now building the transmitter - many that have never built before.  It was the cover story and received the Cover Award for January 2018.

Biography
Bob Heil, licensed in 1956 as KN9EID, began his entrance into Amateur Radio as an avid experimenter designer and builder of VHF equipment.  He was one of the first 6 and 2 meter SSB Kilowatt stations back in 1958.  Bob became the editor of the VHF SSB column in CQ magazine in 1962.

At the age of 15, Heil became the substitute organist at the St. Louis Fox Theatre.  He learned to voice and tune thousands of pipes in this massive Wurlitzer organ which taught him how to listen –mentally dissect what he heard.  That and his equipment building skills learned from ham radio was the foundation for his career in building the first large arena sound systems for such artists as Joe Walsh, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Peter Frampton and many others.  Heil Sound is the only manufacturer in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1980, Heil turned his focus towards designing more articulate microphones, headsets and audio gear for Amateur Radio, commercial broadcast and live concert stages.  Heil continues to develop new technologies and exciting microphone products for the live concert stages, broadcast and amateur radio stations.

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Jim Katsandres KA7DHW
Saturday, 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
Latest Developments in Bluetooth Technology
Find out how recent advancements in Bluetooth technology are providing global interoperability for the Internet of Things (ioT) and potential advantages for amateur radio. 

Bluetooth is seeing explosive growth across many areas and with the Bluetooth 5, direct communication can be established over distances of a kilometer or more.  We will also look at Bluetooth’s newest release, Bluetooth mesh, which allows networks of tens, hundreds or thousands of devices to reliably and securely communicate.  What’s more, with Bluetooth mesh, device communication can now extend far beyond the direct radio range of a device and cover entire city blocks, airports, hospitals, or factory floors.
 
Biography
I'm the Sr. Director of Developer Relations at the Bluetooth SIG.  We are the non-profit standards organization that oversees the evolution and global product interoperability of Bluetooth technology.  I’m also an Extra Class licensed amateur radio operator.

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William Dawson Kesling, AG6H
Saturday, 02:00 pm - 02:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon G/H

Abstract
The Fundamentals of Radio Technology - Transmitters and Receivers
The fundamentals of radio technology including (1) the main components of transmitters and receivers, (2) their hardware and software versions, (3) voice and digital radio techniques and (4) basic ways to begin experimenting and home brewing. This would be a conceptual introduction that ordinary hams can build on to understand what's inside commercial rigs and SDR's, and equip them to begin their own home-brew projects.

Biography
I've been a Ham and home-brewer since age 14 and have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. I work for a robotics company and still enjoy building and coding my own Ham equipment in free time. I have twenty or so patents in communications systems, circuits and digital wireless techniques. I've presented papers and talked at numerous industry and corporate technical symposia, as well as given conceptual presentations to general audiences. I understand the proposed topic in some depth but believe I can present it in an interesting and informative way for hams not having this same background.

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Jonathan Kramer, W6JLK
Saturday, 10:00 am - 10:50 am        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
How to Approach Local Governments for Tower Permits
A primer on how to approach local governments for tower permits. It's from the perspective of how to gently but effectively push through a tower permit. See also www.W6JLK.com.

Biography
I am an ARRL VC in the SW Div. I'm licensed as an attorney in California and New Mexico.  I work for local governments in NoCal and SoCal reviewing wireless projects, including ham tower projects.

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Masaaki Maeda, W6/JR1AQN
Saturday, 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
Study on Actual Usage of FT 8 in the US and Japan
This study is based on a demonstration of JT 65 / FT 8 at the 2017/2018 Hamvention, and an accompanying questionnaire given to FT 8 users.  The purpose of the questionnaire was to find differences in usage by FT 8 users in the United States and Japan. The study revealed differences in usage frequency between Japan and the US, RF output on the Japan side being higher. We also found that users in both regions recognize a common appeal in FT 8 -- that it allows quick and efficient QSO while reducing language barriers.  We also found that many users are spending most of their QSO time on FT 8 and communicating with many DXCC entities. There is also great potential for FT 8 in petition mode.

Biography
Masaaki Maeda is currently a Strategic Advisor, at Asurion. Prior to Asurion, Mr. Maeda was President & CEO of NTT DOCOMO USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO. Mr. Maeda began his career in the Japanese telecommunications industry in 1983 at the Engineering Bureau of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, which was privatized in 1985 and became NTT. In March 1994, he moved to NTT DOCOMO, the mobile arm of NTT, and held a series of senior positions in network planning, human resource management, corporate affairs, and mobile multimedia services. In July 2002, he was assigned to NTT DOCOMO USA in New York to lead the company’s business development activities in the U.S.

Mr. Maeda holds a bachelor and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. In addition, he received an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management in June 2002. He is a member of the industrial advisory board, Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology in Stony Brook University and a member of the US-Japan Council.
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Guy Mallery, W6MSU
Saturday, 11:00 am - 11:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
Introduction to the Incident Command System (Basic)
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, presents the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Student IDs must be obtained from FEMA to take the final online exam.

Biography
Guy Mallery (W6MSU) is with the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services, and a CalOES CSTI Emergency Management Outreach Instructor. He has been active in MARS, USCGAUX, DHS SHARES as well as being the county ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator.

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Kristen McIntyre, K6WX
Saturday, 11:00 am – 11:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E

Abstract
Op-amps for fun and profit!
What is an op-amp?  Have you ever wondered?  They turn out to be incredibly useful devices that started out as computers!  Beyond computing, they have been used for a wide array of fun applications, from simple comparators to doing calculus to exploring meta-stable chaotic systems.  Op-amps lean heavily on the notion of feedback, giving us a chance to learn some fundamentals of control system theory.  And they’re pretty handy around the ham shack too.  Let’s take a look at these amazing little devices and see what you could build with them.

 Biography
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old. She started in Amateur Radio in 1979 getting her ticket while at MIT. Kristen has worked in many diverse areas from analog circuit design to image processing to starting and running an ISP. She is currently working at Apple in Core OS, and spent many years at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems. She is a long time denizen of Silicon Valley and has worked at or consulted for many of the usual suspects. Kristen is an active ham and loves to chase DX on HF with her Elecraft K2 which she built while visiting her mother in Florida. She is an ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Assoc., and is active in many local clubs.

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Carol Milazzo, KP4MD
Saturday, 10:00 am - 10:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salons G/H    (A Caribbean Holiday DXpedition)
Saturday, 3:00 pm - 4:50 pm       Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salons F        (YL Forum)

Abstracts
A Caribbean Holiday DXpedition
Introduction to Holiday style DXpeditions and planning and experiences in combining a family vacation in Puerto Rico with HF operation. Topics include: choosing equipment; antenna considerations; licensing in DX entities; propagation phenomena, online tools for successful contacts; DX ham hospitality; and a summary of our results.

YL Forum
Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, the Young Ladies' Radio League (YLRL) District 6 Chair and others will present an overview of the contributions of women of all ages (YLs) in Amateur Radio, the history and mission of the Young Ladies' Radio League and the past and present challenges to women in amateur radio.  Attendees will discuss their interests and activities and network to investigate strategies to promote role models, mentoring and greater YL participation in the amateur community.  New youth outreach opportunities, such as the Maker movement and the Girl Scout "Radio and Wireless Technology" Patch Program.

Biography
Dr. Carol Milazzo is District 6 Chairwoman of the Young Ladies' Radio League. Starting as a short wave listener in the 60's she has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1970.  Carol has been a member of ARRL since 1973, the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) since 1977 and the YLRL since 2005. Carol and her husband Roger, KI6FYF, are Life members of the ARRL where she currently serves as ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager. Carol maintains a personal web page at qsl.net/kp4md and is n6na.org webmaster for the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in Sacramento. When her busy pediatric practice permits, Carol plays piano and is active from 160 meters through 432 MHz.  Carol has published articles on satellite tracking, filter design programming, antenna modeling, WSPR data analysis, and currently conducts studies in VHF and UHF propagation phenomena with the West Coast VHF/UHF WSPR Propagation Study Group.

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Don Minkoff, NK6A
Saturday, 11:00 am - 11:50 am        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
Marconi Museum and a QRP Adventure in Italy
A video tour of the history of Wireless at the Marconi Museum in Bologna , Italy. Also, my QRP adventures in operating from 5 locations in Italy over 20 days.    

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David and Judy Moss, WD6CZY & WD6DCD
Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
Baker 2 Vegas Law Enforcement Relay
The race has 20 stages, over 8,000 runners, friends and volunteers and over 600 hams participating in this 125 mile running relay race.  This presentation will encompass, video with audio, and a Powerpoint presentation explaining the race and the role of amateur radio operators since the hams supply nearly all communications.  We will show how to volunteer and explain what is required.

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Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX & Jim Mc Laughlin, KI6ZUM
Saturday, 3:00 pm – 4:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E

Abstract
My Journey in Amateur Digital Voice-From Sound Card Software to MMDVM
I will be talking about my journey in amateur digital voice, particularly from the point of view of software development. Starting with my sound card based D-Star Repeater software in 2009 through to the Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem which I started in 2015 with continuing development. It now supports five digital voice modes (DMR, D-Star, NXDN, P25, and System Fusion) and text paging with POCSAG. The combination of my software and others’ hardware runs complete high power duplex repeaters through to 10mW hotspots which can easily fit in your hand. All offering similar features to their users.

Biography
Jonathan Naylor G4KLX has been licensed since 1979 at age 14, the youngest you could hold a UK license at the time. He’s dabbled in HF DC operation but really enjoyed V/U/SHF DX operation, packet radio (Linux AX25 and NET/ROM are his development) and ended up in digital voice in 2009. He developed digital voice software for D-Star followed by DMR in 2015 and the other modes after that. Apart from the digital voice modes, his favorite operation modes are 23cm and 3cm SSB and CW. He has lived and operated in Belgium and Switzerland where he was HB9DRD.

Jim Laughlin, KI6ZUM has been developing and releasing open source hardware and software for over 35 years. When not experimenting with digital radio, he spends his time planning and running ARISS events to allow students to talk to astronauts on the ISS, mentoring students building a Cubesat and coaching FTC.

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Darryl Paule, KI6MSP
Sunday, 8:00 am - 8:50 am    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
STEM -Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Darryl will be showing the ARISS contact, and talking about other STEM opportunities: Space Weather,  Radio Auroras.


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David Refoua, KI6QIO
Saturday, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
How to Prepare for Emergencies & Disasters
A look at ham radio in major events and how it shaped our world.

Biography
David Refoua is a self-taught solar power expert with more than 8 yrs experience working with solar power. and working with solar generators. He is also a member of the Salvation Army emergency disaster services and the Salvation Army Radio Network for 10 years.

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Steve Stearns, K6OIK
Saturday, 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
Novel Antennas and the Story of the Multiplying Factor K
Part 1:  Novel antennas are shown and discussed.  The antennas are novel because they break rules:
   (a) not made of wires, rods or tubes
   (b) not made of straight elements
   (c) not made of metal
   (d) not resonant
   (e) not narrowband

Part 2:  The multiplying factor K is discussed and why ARRL's and RSGB's published curves still do not agree after 71 years.

Biography
Steve Stearns, K6OIK, started in ham radio while in high school at the height of the Heathkit era.  He holds FCC Amateur Extra and a commercial General Radio Operator license with Radar endorsement.  He previously held Novice, Technician, and 1st Class Radiotelephone licenses.  He studied electrical engineering at California State University Fullerton, the University of Southern California, and Stanford, specializing in electromagnetics, communication engineering and signal processing.  Steve was a Technical Fellow of Northrop Grumman Corporation before retirement.  He worked at Northrop Grumman's Electromagnetic Systems Laboratory in San Jose, California, where he led the development of advanced communication signal processing systems, circuits, antennas, and electromagnetic devices.  Steve is serving as vice-president of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society, and served previously as assistant director of ARRL Pacific Division.  He has over 100 professional publications and ten patents.  Steve has received numerous awards for professional and community volunteer activities.

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Rob Robinett – AI6VN
Saturday, 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
Preserving, Restoring and Operating the Historic ex-RCA Coast Station KPH

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Marcel Stieber, AI6MS
Saturday, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon G/H

Abstract
Off the Grid Solar Systems for Ham Radio

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Eric Swartz, Elcraft
Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon G/H

Abstract
Building a Solid State Amp or ""How We Shrunk the Linear"

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Brian Tanner, AG6GX
Saturday, 10:00 am - 10:50 am    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2

Abstract
What Works for YOU
What in ham radio works for you and what is not working? (How can I help you fix it?) Show various types of radios and explain what they are used for / show slides of some ham projects / talk about service projects and related activities
Local Radio Clubs (now that I have a license - what do I do now?)
VHF/UHF repeaters - what are they? / what can I do with them?
Public Service Activities - Emergency Responders - how to put together a ""Go kit"" -
 understanding local emergency service providers and what they are looking for / can use radio operators to do
Learning new things about radio - kit building - antenna building; different bands and propagation - CW / phone / data / video
radio data networks - re-purpose Internet routers to form radio networks
Who is Elmer? - (The role of online videos in ham radio...)
"My intent is to provide an opportunity for the new hams to first listen to a very quick overview of a few facets of the hobby and then ask questions  as well as to try to provide some background of various parts of the hobby to hams with some experience.

Biography
I’ve been a ham for over 25 years and wish to spread the fun to others that are relatively recent newcomers. Employed in the rotating data storage industry for over 35 years as a electronic / motion control / hardware engineer. First licensed in 1995 as a technician and worked VHF / UHF until 2007 upgrade to General, then a further upgrade to Extra in 2011. Member of Cupertino CARES for several years participating in various events and drills related to emergency response and community events. (The wife and two sons all have licenses - one son has a General class and the wife / other son are Technician class. The wife is also is a member of Cupertino CARES.)

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Vincent Van De Hyde, K7VV
Saturday, 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm        Pleasanton / Danville

Abstract
How to Work DX: The First 100 to the Honor Roll
Basically, I've combined my 60 years of working DX  with W9KNI 's book (with his permission).  I cover the basics of 'how to do it' for the beginner and up through the ranks to the Honor Roll (well, almost!)

Biography
Licensed in 1959, I got the DX bug early, and am now at 359.

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Gordon West
Saturday, 8:00 am – 9:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon E

Abstract
Ham Instructor Academy
See http://www.pacificon.org/education-and-forums/ham-instructor-academy for details.

Biography
See http://www.pacificon.org/education-and-forums/ham-instructor-academy for details.

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Laurice West, KQ6TT
Saturday, 10:00 am - 10:50 am    Bishop Ranch Ballroom, Salon F

Abstract
The Current Stick--The First New Antenna Concept in One Hundred Years
The antenna is short, one-eighth wavelength or less, with no ground radial requirement, no series coil, and no capacitive hat.  It is a tube, hard driven at both ends with power applied a one end.  The drive for the second end goes through the inside of the tube and is protected from the outside of the tube's radiating surface.  Current is roughly uniform over the whole tube length.

Biography
I am a retired Electronic Engineer, graduated from the University of Illinois.

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Joel Wilhite, KD6W
Saturday, 08:00 am - 08:50 am    Contra Costa Ballroom, Salon 2   

Abstract
Amateur Television - Where to Begin / How to get Started
Analog television, or fast scan television, may seem daunting at first when trying to start your first effort as an amateur radio. Additionally, making the jump to support a digital system is yet another level of variables to understand. This session is set up to provide a wide range of little demonstrations to help demystify and provide amateurs a basic or rudimentary understanding of the basics of getting started and where to start first.

Biography
Joel Wilhite, KD6W was first licensed 1982 as KA7TXV while attending school in Phoenix. From an early age Joel has been surrounded by technology and communication systems. His father worked for the phone company and would bring home electronics to take apart. Joel later picked up the soldering iron and started building and experimenting in electronics and built several radio kits. He was first bitten by the radio bug back during the last great sun spot period in 76 when he made a DX contact on 11 meters. He currently works in the television industry as a Systems Design Engineer for broadcast systems.