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Amateur Radio Technology Day

Bookmark Am-Tech Day

January 29, 2011

8:00am — 6:00pm

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

our 73rd Am-Tech Day

Panofsky Auditorium

Hearing Safety, Custom Radio Headsets & Hearing Protection Products
1:30 PM
Michael Pordes, KF6NHH - Superior Sound Technology

Protection of hearing - causes of hearing loss; methods to identify what can permanently harm your hearing at home, work or play presented in an interesting, focused manner by a Certified Occupational Hearing Specialist.

Ways to mitigate hearing loss - methods to get the best possible hearing experience in loud or quiet conditions using various hearing protection and hearing support products.

Review of available equipment; purpose, types and applications - custom radio headset products useful for Amateur Radio; general monitoring, custom hearing products used for Bluetooth and mp3 players; custom earplugs and other hearing protection products used in the telecommunications industry, by shooting sports enthusiasts, musicians, sound engineers, law enforcement professionals, TV on-air personalities, production teams, motor sports participants and more. Ear mold demonstration made after review for client.

Both representing Superior Sound Technology and a Ham, Michael, KF6NHH, additionally mentions: "Most people do not understand (or appreciate) the dangerous and permanent effects that long term loud noise has on hearing - and that noise exposure at home, work or play can (and does) have serious effect on your ability to hear later in life. Also, many people do not realize that the effects of noise are cumulative– and that hearing loss in the US is on the rise- by a staggering number – a 21% increase in the last 10 years. Protecting one’s hearing will preserve an amateur radio operators ability to use his/her radio in the years to come!" [edit]


  • Activity from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (10 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. Morning Donuts & coffee, etc.
  • Setup area for your Amateur Radio equipment, including an antenna field.
  • Show your pride by wearing your Radio Club badge.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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


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.


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)

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