Central States VHF Society Conference Agenda & Event Schedule, Elk Grove Village, IL, 7/25 - 7/28
47th Annual CSVHFS Conference
Conference ScheduleCentral States VHF Society2013 Conference - Chicago/Elk Grove Village, ILTHURSDAY 25 July 2013
TIMEEVENTLOCATION0900Vendors Setup1300 - 1645REGISTRATIONHOTEL LOBBY1645 - 1800Reception Cash BarATRIUM1730Load Buses to Schaumburg Boomers Baseball GameHOTEL LOBBY2100Hospitality Suite Opens2100 - 2200CSVHF Society Board MeetingVillage RoomFRIDAY 26 July 2013
TIMEEVENTLOCATION0730 - 1500REGISTRATIONHOTEL LOBBY0800 - 1130Antenna Range 144–432 MHz & 902 MHz–24 GHzWest Lot0800 - 1130Rover Row and Dish DisplayWest Lot0800 - 1200Noise Figure MeasurementsVillage Room0800 - 1700Vendor Area OpenGrove Room0900Family Program – Busses load forTRIP TO MICHIGAN AVENUE1130 - 1300Lunch (on your own)1300 - 1700Technical PresentationsWoodfield Room1500Family Program BUSSES DEPART DOWNTOWN1700 - 1900Dinner (on your own)1900 - 2200FLEA MARKETWoodfield Room2100 - 2230CSVHF Society Board MeetingVillage Room2200Hospitality Suite OpensSATURDAY 27 July 2013
TIMEEVENTLOCATION0830 - 1300REGISTRATIONHOTEL LOBBY0830 - 1130Vendor Area OpenGrove Room0830 - 1130Technical PresentationsWoodfield Room0900Family Program – Busses load forTRIP TO DOWNTOWN CHICAGO MUSEUM CAMPUS0900 - 1100Village Room1130 - 1300Lunch (on your own)1300 - 1545Technical PresentationsWoodfield Room1430Family Program - BUSSES DEPART DOWNTOWN1545 - 1630CSVHF Society Annual Business MeetingWoodfield Room1630 - 1700CSVHF Society Board MeetingVillage Room1700 - 1800Social Hour - Hors d'Oeuvres and Cash BarAtrium1800 - 2200BANQUETMr. Dave Sumner K1ZZ ARRL CEOBanquet SpeakerWoodfield Room2200Hospitality Suite OpensSUNDAY 28 July 2013
TIMEEVENTLOCATION1030Gather for Trip to FermilabHOTEL LOBBY1030 - 1130Transportation to Fermilab is not provided1130 - 1200Lunch - as a group details - TBD1200 - 1500Fermilab Tour - FREEBatavia, ILUpdated May 3, 2012:Presentations aren't necessarily technical. They cover the breadth of the VHF/UHF ham radio hobby. Highlights in past years have been demonstrations of Software Defined Radios, Rovers, Antennas, Contesting and Microwave Communications. Presentations vary from 15 to 45 minutes and step you through the highlights of the topic at hand, with complete texts published as articles in the Proceedings. Your speaker is available for follow-up questions throughout the remainder of the conference.
PRESENTATIONS:In Addition to Papers authored by the Presenters listed above we also have the additional works:
- See Agenda
Friday morning, we have an antenna range in the hotel parking lot at which you can have your own antennas tested against standards and determine gain. If you are driving to the conference, bring your antennas from 50 MHz through 47 GHz for testing. Even if you don't bring an antenna for testing, watching the range in operation teaches you about antenna theory, performance, and construction techniques. The Antenna Range also has much fine conversation and socializing during the morning.Saturday morning, you can learn much about Pre-amp design and performance by bringing a pre-amp for testing or tweaking. Fellow members, who are frquently engineering professionals, will assist you while you fine-tune your pre-amplifier for testing. It's fun and always increases your knowledge. Bring your pre-amps for 50 MHz through 47 GHz.All Rovers are encouraged to bring their completely outfitted Rovermobiles. It's a great way for the Rover to give a shack-tour. We will have a designated dog-pound for all Rovermobiles on Friday morning. While the Antenna Range is in operation, many attendees will come see how you conquered installation and configuration issues in your Rovermobile. Similarly, if you have a portable microwave dish setup, please bring it for show-and-tell in the dish-bowl as well. By showing your handiwork, others will gain ideas and motivation to construct their own dish systems and give all of us more operators on the high bands.All day Friday and Saturday, a portion of the Dealer Area will have Poster Sessions for viewing. Our concept is that some times a topic may not have enough meat for a full presentation or paper. Further, many basic VHF/UHF themes can be reviewed (taught) via poster sessions or table-top displays. Tri-Fold poster boards are available at Office Max/Office Depot. Students often use them for Science Fair Projects. This is a new program area for CSVHFS. We need your creativity and effort to bring more content to the event. Think about a poster session or table-top display you could create for this year. Perhaps a big operating event. Or perhaps photos of a recent construction project. You are not limited to the poster boards, you may bring actual physical items for display on the table as well. The tables will be chaperoned for security. If you are a good teacher, consider covering some basic VHF/UHF topics. That way, your presentation can be used again in subsequent years. See the guidelines for Authors and Presenters for guidelines for Poster Sessions/Table-top displays.All day Friday and Saturday, an entire room will be available for vendors. Between talks you can peruse their wares. For dealers, we offer tables free for your use. The Vendor Area will have free WIFI available. Special requirements, telephone line and special electrical requirements, will need to be worked out with the Hotel. If you attend as a dealer, you're guaranteed to have shoppers interested in test equipment, and VHF/UHF/microwave equipment and parts. For non-commercial attendees bringing used equipment to move, we'd prefer if you'd bring your material to the Flea Market (see below). If you must have a dealer table, however, your space will be limited, so make your reservations early!Dealers who have pledged their attendance include (watch this page—additions will be made as dealers are identified):
- Coming soon...
- Down East Microwave
- FlexRadio Systems
Kermit Carlson, W9XAFriday night from 1900-2200, find some new treasures at the Flea Market filled with VHF/UHF/Microwave goodies. Expect much better than you'd see at your regular hamfest. Bring things to sell--you know the interest areas of our members!More information coming soon.The Central States VHF Society Banquet Goodies Table is famous for it's quantity and quality. Many generous donors make valuable gifts available for all banquet attendees. Everyone goes home with something and several are of incredible value! Please bring donations for the ham and ladies' prize tables. Please bring prizes and be generous with your fellow attendees.The Hospitality Suites are hosted by local or regional clubs. This is a great place to enjoy a beverage and some snacks with LOTS of conversation. We are again offering a Ladies Hospitality Suite as well.Sunday Morning gathering in the hotel.Contact Bill Caldwell, N0LNO with questions.