Convention Highlights

Satellite Workshop
Instructors: Steve Bible, N7HPR and Larry Brown, W7LB

Satellites--What's Exciting, Today and Tomorrow!
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ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, Keynote Speaker

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, will open the convention on Friday afternoon with the keynote address.

Dr. H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, Featured Banquet Speaker

Dr. Shuch has been Executive Director of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) League since its inception in 1994.  As an amateur (N6TX) since 1961, Dr. Shuch has been active on all bands from 160 meters to 24 GHz, and has proposed to speak about "Searching for Life Among the Stars," which he feels will appeal to the ham audience.  Dr. Shuch is no stranger to ham conventions.  He was the banquet speaker at the Dayton Hamvention in 1996.  Further information may be found at:  http://www.setileague.org/admin/paul.htm

Randy Fear, KC6JTN, Luncheon Speaker

Randy Fear, KC6JTN, is Senior Solar Observer at the Big Bear Solar Observatory and will speak on "Big Bear Solar Observatory and the Dynamic Sun". For further information see the Big Bear Solar Observatory web site.

Ned Stearns, AA7A, DX Breakfast speaker

Ned Stearns, AA7A, will speak on the "DXpedition to Kingman Reef".

ARRL Officials and Confirmed Speakers

ARRL Officials
Jim Haynie, W5JBP, ARRL President
Rod Stafford, W6ROD, International Affairs Vice President
Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Lab Supervisor
Rosalie White, K1STO, ARRL Field & Educational Services Director
Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, ARRL Southwestern Division Director
Art Goddard, W6XD, ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director
Joe Brown, W6UBQ, ARRL Orange Section Manager

General Program Speakers


Gordon West, WB6NOA
Bill Pasternak,WA6ITF
Ed Clark
   "Skywarn and the National Weather Service"
Michael Reagan, KK6WO
   "Building a Website for an Amateur Radio Group"
Chip Margelli, K7JA
   "Outrageous Antennas That Actually Work"

Robert Griffin, K6YR, ARRL Santa Barbara Section Manager
   "The Future of the National Traffic System"

Art Goddard, W6XD , ARRL SW Division Vice Director
   "The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence" - Why Amateur Radio Operators May be the First to Contact ET"

Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Lab Supervisor
   "Radio-Frequency Interference -TO- Amateur Radio Equipment"

David Rutledge, KN6EK, Professor of Electrical Engineering,
California Institute of Technology
   "Teaching College Electronics with an Amateur Transceiver" - Four years ago at Caltech, we started a new sophomore class where students construct a NorCal40A amateur transceiver over two terms through a progressive series of thirty-nine exercises. The NorCal40A is the classic 40-meter, 2-W transceiver designed by Wayne Burdick. As the students work through the exercises, they learn how the different circuits work individually and together in a transceiver, and they gain excellent experience in laboratory measurements.

Joseph Fairclough, WB2JKJ , President, The RC OF JHS 22 NYC, Inc.
   "EDUCOM-Education thru Communication" - What does it take to get kids excited enough to fight to get into class rather than out? Join Joe Fairclough-WB2JKJ-and get all the answers. Ham Radio of course is the answer but how to do it is the secret and at this forum you will get all the details.

Cynthia Wall, KA7ITT
   "On The Trail to Adventure" - A look at Oregon school children re-enacting Cynthia Wall's Ham Radio Adventure Novels.

Allen B. Hubbard, N6VTX
   "Float 54 Where Are You ?" details the setup and workings of A.P.R.S. receiving and tracking stations used at Pasadena's Rose Parade. Slides of actual program setup screens, maps, diagrams and tracking maps from the Tournament of Roses Parade are shown. Included are "behind the scenes" photos of float building, preparation and convoys. The updated show has new slides from the 2001 parade.

Robert Syms, KO6ZL - "Battery Care & How to Pick the Right Charging System " - Ever wonder why your new battery won't work out of the package, or wonder why you cant get your pack to hold a charge even after charging all night? What's the hype over NiMH and Li-ion or even the new Li-poly? All of this will be explained, plus helpful hints on choosing the proper charger for your batteries.

Rod Stafford, W6ROD - "HF Spectrum Issues: WRC 2003 and the Potential Loss of Portions of 40 meters; Novice Refarming Study currently underway" (Scheduled for Friday Evening)

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