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10:00am to 10:45am

A PowerPole Workshop 
 John Kalotai, N1OLOPresented byJohn Kalotai, N1OLO

John N1OLO, owner of Hamsource, will present “A PowerPole Workshop”. There will be a short Power Point presentation with a followed by a hands-on session. Participants with have the opportunity to assemble Anderson PowerPoles and use the West Mountain PowerCrimp tool.


1:00pm to 1:45pm
 Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KKPresented by Fred Kebler, K9VV/ NP2X

HSMM-MESH™ is a high speed, self-discovering, self-configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. It is built using the Linksys WRT54* wireless router and operates on channels 1-6 of the 2.4GHz ISM band, which overlaps with the upper portion of the 13cm amateur radio band. The focus is on providing an emergency communications wireless data system. Amateurs in the Virgin Islands have converted some 3-dozen routers to mesh and are in the early stages of designing an emcomm network. The ultimate goal is to provide connectivity to the following served agencies: EOC, 911, hospitals, fire, police, rescue, national guard, shelters and the Red Cross.Successful 2-way mesh contact has been made between St. Croix and St. Thomas, over a distance of 41.5 miles. The goal is to connect all of the US Virgin Island served agencies together. Farther down the road, the goal of interconnection with Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands is also feasible. Data & video connectivity are also being investigated for an island-wide IronMan triathlon, held annualy on St. Croix.The presentation will explain what mesh networks are, how they can be constructed, and what great benefits they provide.This presentation will be given in Spanish.

2:00pm to 2:45pm

DXpeditions in Contests
 Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KKPresented by Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KK

The super expeditions, operating from remote location, with simultaneous stations on all bands and modes, famous operators and containers full of equipment and antennas seem impossible to achieve for the average amateur. You can have the same pileups with a fraction of the effort and cost. You just have to know how to choose well.This presentation will be given in Spanish.

3:00pm to 3:45pm

John, N7UR


Presented by

John Bigley, N7UR

Feel the need for speed? Join us for all of the action when John Bigley-N7UR takes you behind the scenes as racers from around the world compete in the worlds fastest Road Race (Guiness Book of World Records), the Silver State Classic Challenge. Watch these international competitors risk life and limb as they rocket their vehicles down the road at more than 250 mph (403 kph).See the high speed action and spectacular crashes that are a part of each race. Witness how the speed of RF power beats Horse Power every time.The Nevada Department of Transportation requires that every inch of the roadway be under the watchful eyes of Amateur Radio. Learn about the organization, people, equipment, and training that is needed to keep the staging areas and race course safe as it winds its way 150 miles (241 km) thru three counties, of remote, rugged high desert (over 6,250 ft. altitude).With the nearest medical facility nearly 200 miles away, pin-point precision is needed in any emergency response. The sheriff’s departments, fire departments, rescue squads, EMS, airplanes, helicopters, and hundreds of volunteers all take their instructions from the crew of ham operators.Find out how steam locomotives, brothels, gambling houses, Soviet Cosmonauts, gunslingers, rattlesnakes, and hillbillies all have had a hand in the 25 year history of these races.

4:00pm to 4:45pm in the Main Arena



Presented by

Gordon West, WB6NOA

Known simply as “Gordo” to hundreds of thousands of hams around the world, Gordon West is a unique blend of entertainer, educator, author, electronics enthusiast, DXer, and ham radio cheerleader.Gordon is the co-host of the hugely popular “Ham Nation” which broadcasts weekly. He has been a member of the amateur community for half a century. He is often a Keynote Speaker at Hamfests and Conventions. For the past three decades, Gordon, with his wife Suzy-N6GLF by his side have taught radio classes to every type of group imaginable. The Wests are the founders and principal instructors in the “Gordon West Radio School”, specializing in Amateur Radio and marine communications training.

Gordon has developed some of the best known amateur radio training materials in the world, including books, tapes, and cds. Gordon’s books have appeared on the sales shelves of nearly every radio store in the country, including Radio Shack, Frys, HRO, AES, etc. He also continues to be a regular columnist in all of the leading ham radio magazines.


Gordons awards and recognitions are numerous. Gordon, who is a “Fellow” of the prestigious Radio Club of America, was recently named to receive the RCA Special Service Award for 2012.


Gordon is an instructor for both the W5YI group and the ARRL, of which he has received the “Instructor of the Year” award. His dedication to the training and development of new amateur radio operators led to his being named the “Amateur of the Year” at Dayton in 2006.


Active daily on the airwaves, Gordon holds an Amateur Extra Class License, as well as a First Class General Radiotelephone Certificate with Radar Endorsement.

Gordon is an accomplished mariner and plays an active role in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Orange County Red Cross, and other area emergency communications teams.

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