DIVISION SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT --Fall Fun
> 2009 ARRL Great Lakes Division Symposium Announcement
> The ARRL Great Lakes Division Symposium will be held in Findlay, Ohio
> on Saturday, September 12, 2009 - the day before the Findlay Hamfest.
> The Symposium is being sponsored by the Findlay Radio Club, and is open
> to anyone interested in attending. Admission is free.
> The Symposium will be held at The Findlay Center for Technology and
> Development, 1700 Fostoria Ave., Findlay, Ohio Talk-in will be on the
> Findlay repeater (147.15/75). The center has a large meeting facility
> that we are able to use for the Symposium
> The Symposium is intended to be an opportunity for hams to get
> together, and exchange ideas and information. This year's event will
> have an emphasis on providing information for the "relatively" new
> Amateur Radio Operator by giving an overview of some of the many
> different aspects of our hobby. We also hope that hams of all levels
> will attend to share their experiences. There will also be an emphasis
> on Elmering -- attracting people to our hobby and keeping them
> interested in it.
> The Symposium will open at 8 AM with registration from 8 -- 9 AM.
> During registration, attendees will be able to sign up for a box lunch
> ($5) that will be brought to the site at lunch hour, and also buy
> tickets for the chicken bar-be-que ($10) that will be held that evening
> at the Fairgrounds -- the site of the Findlay Hamfest.
> Sessions will be 1 hour each starting at 9 AM. Each one hour time slot
> will include time for the presenter to set up, give the presentation,
> answer questions, and have time at the end of the hour for a quick
> break before the next session starts. That means each speaker will
> have about 40 - 45 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for
> questions, and 10 minutes for a break while the next speaker gets set
> up. The first session will be the ARRL session -- find out what the
> League is up to, what they can do for you, and what you can do for the
> The second session promises to be one of the highlights of the
> Symposium. Tony England, W0ORE -- former Astronaut and now Associate
> Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan - will talk
> about experimenting with Amateur Radio -- particularly as a teen -- and
> how it helped lead to a career as a geophysicist, Antarctic and Arctic
> scientist, astronaut, and professor. It should be a very interesting
> and entertaining hour.
> Other presentations during the day will include talks on club
> activities, RACES, Boys Scouts and Amateur Radio, Contesting, QRP (by
> G3RJV), getting Started with VHF Experimenting (by KK7B), homebrewing,
> antennas, and more. During the lunch h our, we hope to be able to have
> a few demo's outside.
> The final hour will be something a bit different -- a "Hints and Kinks"
> hour. This will be an audience participation hour. Bring your
> questions, answers, projects, ideas, hints, whatever; and share them
> with the group. I just attending a boating event where they did
> something like this and called it the "Gadget Hour." Everybody shared
> their favorite gadget (or idea) on their boat, and the amount of useful
> information that came out in that hour was incredible. It should be
> very interesting to see what sort of ideas/questions come out of a
> group of hams attending a Symposium.
> Information will be posted on the Findlay Radio Club web page at
> www.findlayradioclub.org As information becomes available, I will
> post abstracts of the presentations and speaker background
> To help the Findlay club with planning, if you plan on attending,
> please send a brief e-mail to N8ET at n8et@... so the club can
> get an idea how many to expect on September 12. If you don't get the
> e-mail sent off -- don't let that keep you away. Show up anyway!
> Hope to see a lot of you there -- If you know a new ham, please
> encourage them to attend -- especially the younger crowd. We need new
> young faces in Amateur Radio!
> 73 -- Bill -- N8ET
> +++ Don't Forget +++
> Don't forget to submit nominations for Division Awards to Vice Director
> Gary Johnston, KI4LA by 5 PM Wednesday, August 26th. Awards available
> include the GEORGE S. WILSON III W4OYI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, the
> GREAT LAKES DIVISION AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD, the TECHNICAL
> ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, the DX ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the AMATEUR RADIO YOUTH
> Contact Gary, who also is Awards Chairman, with questions or to submit
> a nomination. He may be reached at Vice Director Gary Johnston KI4LA,
> Chair, <ki4la@...>,
> or by US mmil at 3056 Hergott Drive, Edgewood KY 41017.
> Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> 5065 Bethany Rd.
> Mason, OH 45040
> E-mail: k8je@..., Tel.: 513-459-1661
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