Welcome to amateur radio symposium

On Sunday 23rd November, 2014, a ‘Welcome to amateur radio’ symposium’ will be held at the Blackwood Community Centre, Young Street, Blackwood.

The purpose of the day is to discuss the basics of the hobby of amateur radio. There will be 16 x short 20 minute presentations during the day, concluding in a general questions session.

Topics are as follows:

  • history of ham radio
  • operating legally & the model QSO,
  • DX Code of Conduct
  • ham jargon
  • QRZ.com
  • APRS
  • DX Cluster
  • Contesting & Chasing awards
  • QSL cards
  • electronic logging programs,
  • antenna basics
  • Blogs/Wordpress/You Tube
  • demystifying the learning of Morse Code,
  • Summits on the Air (SOTA)
  • Operating QRP
  • VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award and World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF)

As you can see, there will be a presentation on the VK5 Parks award & World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF) by Larry VK5LY.

The cost of the day is $5.00 which includes morning & afternoon tea, and lunch which will consist of Subway and pizza.

Doors open at 8.30 a.m. with a welcome by Tony VK5KAT at 8.45 followed by an introduction to the day by myself, and then the first presentation at 8.55 a.m.

Please RSVP to me prior to Monday 17th Nov 2014, so that suitable catering & seating can be arranged. Either via email – simmopa@iprimus.com.au, or mobile – 0410 687 998.

The day is designed to cater for ALL amateurs – NEW & OLD alike.

Presenters will be travelling to the symposium from the Riverland and the mid north.

**Please RSVP prior to Monday 17th Nov 2014. Unfortunately, at last years SOTA/parks symposium, some people just rolled up on the day. This caused issues with catering. So please RSVP to me. And also wear your call sign badge.

I have placed a ‘flyer’ regarding the day in the Files section of both the VK5 Parks and WWFF group.