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Amateur Radio Technology Day

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April 24, 2010

8:00am — 9:00pm

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13 Hours of Fun Amateur Radio Activities in
Menlo Park one Saturday a month!

our 65th Am-Tech Day

Panofsky Auditorium
Presentations

Kurdistan (Iraq) Dx-pedition, YI9PSE
1:30 PM
Paul (Ewing), N6PSE

Enjoy hearing the latest information that you can about a great DXpedition to Kurdistan, YI9PSE (http://yi9pse.com), (Iraq) when Paul, N6PSE shares several very interesting experiences from just a couple of weeks ago.

The challenge brought the 13 operators & 4 pilots on the team together from several different countries for the planned 4 - 12 April 2010 DXpedition lead by Paul.

How it worked so well, lessons learned & what made such a complex operation such a success will be reviewed. Surprises were there and they will be highlighted during Paul's presentation. Reviewing many of the customs and traditions of the local officials, as well as the people who contacted the team members, will make for an interesting presentation, indeed!

Don't miss the chance to hear about what it was like & how much fun it was for the team to make 50,000 contacts / 20,000 unique contacts, in a location recommended for your next vacation! [edit]

Video - November Charlie
3:00 PM

A video production about travel across the Atlantic by Ken Hirschberg, K6HPX in a WWII Taylor Cub, 85 HP airplane designated by the US Army as the L2. [edit]

Additionally

  • Activity from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, (13 Hours)[†],
  • A shared GOTA (Get On The Air) HF Station available for use all day.
  • A Donation-financed Lunch; hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, beverages & snacks for the first 40 or so participants. Morning Donuts & coffee, etc.
  • Setup area for your Amateur Radio equipment, including an antenna field.

[†] We plan for 13 hours; however, if there is low evening participation, we will begin breaking down the site setup at 6:00PM; the GOTA Station will routinely be recovered starting at 6:00PM.

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Get On The Air (GOTA) High Frequency Radio Station on Air All Day!
9:00 AM — 6:00 PM

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

RAIN OR SHINE

SLAC has graciously given us use of a large indoor and outdoor activity area, including a large auditorium and a picnic area to practice and demonstrate our amateur radio skills.

SOME HISTORY

With beginnings in October, 2004 at the Sunnyvale Baylands Park, to our present location at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory starting in January, 2005, the many individuals involved over the years have made the Am - Tech Day experience an interesting one, indeed.

ALL DAY

The activity's duration, spanning most of the day and into the evening, allows Amateur Radio Operators and their friends to attend before, and/or after, any additional daytime/evening tasks and activities they need to accomplish.

SHOW YOUR PRIDE

Please bring and wear your Ham Radio organizational name badge if you have one! We will also have temporary name badges available for your use.

HAVE LUNCH

The participant supported lunch with hamburgers, hot dog's, veggie burgers, chips, soft drinks, etc., will be on hand to enjoy.

BRING YOUR GEAR

Even if you don't have a radio or antenna to bring, come anyway, and get to mingle, make new friends, and have a chance to use some of the gear other hams have set up. Bring your family and friends!

LEAVE ENRICHED

We usually have at least one lecture on the latest ham technology. But if the lectures don't interest you, mingle with the crowd, and you'll surely find another ham that can teach you about operating in general or about the latest cool thing.


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Sponsored by the Foothills Amateur Radio Society.
For full details, visit: http://www.fars.k6ya.org/amtechday



Amateur Radio Technology Day — Notes & Directions

BRING YOUR OWN GEAR

SLAC is providing the space, but you bring all the equipment and food you need. A BBQ grill, charcoal, and refrigerator are available.

  • Show a photo ID at the gate, and sign-in at the table inside the building.
  • AC power supplies and amplifiers must be UL-listed, have a similar safety endorsement, or be approved by the SLAC Electrical Safety Officer.
  • A limited number of AC outlets are available inside and outside, but since we're not allowed to plug power strips into extension cords, bringing along a 35'-100' extension cord with multiple built-in outlets would be quite helpful.
  • Gel-cell batteries 50 amp hours or less are allowed, so long as there are no exposed conductors. Use electrical tape, shrink-wrap, or similar materials to cover the terminals. No wet-cell batteries or car/truck batteries are allowed.
  • Alcohol, firearms, flammable liquids, and other dangerous weapons are strictly prohibited.

We have free use of this great site, but we need to comply with the SLAC, OSHA, and fire marshal safety rules. For those who are curious, we need to comply with NFPA-70E and OSHA 1910 (subpart S) electrical safety regulations.

DIRECTIONS

Amateur Radio Technology Day can be reached easily from Highways 101 and 280. SLAC is located off of Sand Hill Road, less than a mile east of Interstate 280 (towards the bay).

  • From U.S. 101, turn west onto either University Avenue or Embarcadero Road, then turn right (north) onto El Camino Real and then left (west) onto Sand Hill Road, and continue approximately 2.6 miles west, turning left at Saga Lane.
  • From Interstate 280, turn east (towards the bay) onto Sand Hill Road, and proceed approximately 0.8 mile, turning right at Saga Lane.

Once you turn onto Saga Lane, turn left after the guard shack onto Loop Road and follow the signs to the parking lots below Panofsky Auditorium, located around the bend (Parking lot C). Park and walk up the concrete path to the buildings.

[Aerial view]
Aerial view of the site
[SLAC Map]

2575 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(0.8 mile east of Hwy 280 on Sand Hill Road)

N 37.419830
W 122.204568


Talk-In Frequency: N6NFI: 145.230MHz/Offset: -600Hz/PL: 100Hz

Sponsored by the Foothills Amateur Radio Society.
For full details, visit: http://www.fars.k6ya.org/amtechday