FARS Banquet - April 28, 2023 [2022] [2023] [2024]

The FARS Banquet was Friday evening, April 28, 2023. The Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS) presented this ham radio event and fete. This annual event was open to anyone who wanted to attend, but reservations were required.

Early Spark Gap Transmitters
Prof. Thomas Lee
April 28, 2023 @ 6:00PM-10:00PM

Speaker Bio

Tom Lee paid his way through MIT by working at places like Frank Kent's TV and Radio Service and Hughes Aircraft. His 1989 doctoral thesis at MIT described the world's first CMOS radio. He has been at Stanford University since 1994, helped design PLLs for several microprocessors from DEC and AMD, and has founded or co-founded several companies.

He is an IEEE and Packard Foundation Fellow, and is also the 2011 recipient of the Ho-Am Prize in Engineering (informally known as "The Korean Nobel"). He is a past Director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office, and owns between 100 and 200 oscilloscopes, thousands of vacuum tubes and kilograms of obsolete semiconductors. No one, including himself, quite knows why.

Raffle prizes for the Banquet

We have over a dozen prizes for the banquet raffle. Here is the of prizes to be raffled at the banquet:

[Xiegu G90 HF Transceiver]

Xiegu G90 HF Transceiver 20 watt HF all mode transceiver (1.8-30MHz) – full color screen with spectrum analyzer. Built in antenna tuner and detachable display. EHAM review 4.7/5
[uSDX+ QRP HF transceiver]

uSDX+ QRP HF transceiver - Covers 160-6 meters – SSB, CW, digital QRP transceiver. 5 watts CW – 10 watt SSB. Built in CW decoder and full DSP
[Radioddity QB25 4-band VHF/UHF mobile]

Radioddity QB25 Mobile 4-bands; 25/10 watts; 200 memories; 0.25 uV sensitivity; covers: 2m/136-174MHz, 210-230 MHz, 70cm/400-520 MHz; speaker-mic with key pad entry; CTSS and DCS coding. USB programming cable and software. Includes triband mobile antenna.
[ATS-20 Receiver]

ATS-20 All Mode AM/FM/SSB/CW 100KHz-30 MHz; FM Stereo Receiver
[Motorola GP68 HT]

Motorola GP68 HT UHF 430-470 MHz transceiver; complete with charger, antenna, new battery, manual; 16 Channel UHF – pre-programmed to local UHF HAM repeaters, Mil Spec 810 – has firmware modifications for direct keypad frequency entry
[Nano Tiny SA Spectrum Analyzer]

Nano Tiny SA Spectrum Analyzer - full color touch screen Frequency 0.1-906 MHz. Bandpass filters for 2.6KHz – 640KHz. Built in calibrated Signal generator from 0.1-350 MHz; sine wave output; 240-960MHz square wave output. Complete with cables, telescopic antenna, and LiOn battery
[NanoVNA SAA-V2]

NanoVNA SAA-V2 3 GHz network analyzer with LiOn battery, cables, open, short and 50 ohm reference.
[TBJ-1 Triband Base Antenna]

TBJ-1 Triband Base Antenna Covers: 2 meters, 1.25 meters, and 70 cm. Featured in 2017 March QST; designed and built by Ed Fong
[Baofeng UV5R HT]

Baofeng UV5R HT Dual band handie talkie. Drop in LiOn smart charge, 1800 mAH LiOn, battery, belt clip, antenna. Frequency coverage: 65-108 MHz – FM broadcast – receive only; 136-174 MHZ – VHF – TX/RX; 420-520 - MHz - TX/RX. Full CTSS and DCS coding
[Ham Stick mobile antennas]

Ham Stick mobile antennas - 75 meters, 40 meters, and 20 meters
[CFX 324 Triplexer]

CFX 324 Triplexer for transmitting/receiving all 3 bands: 144, 220 and 440 MHz simultaneously
[COB LED lantern]

COB LED lantern must see to believe. This is the latest in LED technology. COB – Chip On Board LED gives almost twice as much light as a conventional LED. You see these advertised by Atomic Beam on TV.
[Voyager - 12 inch nylon utility bag]

Voyager - 12 inch nylon utility bag A great durable bag for your tools or use as a go kit. Made of military grade nylon. Will last a lifetime. Fully water proof with compartment both on the inside as well as outside for pens, screw drivers, tools.
[Daiwa CS-201A Coax Switch]

Daiwa CS-201A Coax Switch 600 MHz, 1 KW coax switch – 0.12 dB insertion loss

Digital Multimeter Great for all around use. Remember when these use to cost $100’s. Now you can leave a spare in car. 3½ digits; Tests beta on transistor; Includes 24 inch 18 gauge test leads; 600 MHz, 1 KW coax switch – 0.12 dB insertion loss
[2Ah LiOn USB Backup pack]

2Ah LiOn USB Backup pack Great to have, USB charging with solar backup. Has a built in LED Flashlight. Complete with USB charging cable and compass.
[Silicone Rescue Tape]

Silicone Rescue Tape

[prizes updated 12/20/2021]

Banquet Photos

Banquet Sign-ups are now Closed

All sign-ups should be received by 6:00 PM on April 24th. Mailed sign-ups should be posted by April 20th to be received on time.

All late sign-ups (those received after 6:00 PM Monday, April 24th) are handled on a best effort basis (that is we must confirm with the restaurant if they have room for additions and your meal choice may be modified). Be sure we have your current email address and phone number so we may contact you. The on-line sign-up is recommended after April 20th.

Paper Sign-up - You may print this flyer, (which includes a sign-up form) fill it out and mail along with your check for payment. We should receive your sign-up by 6:00 PM Monday, April 24st. Last minute sign-ups should use the on-line form. See above for late sign-ups.

On-line Sign-up - You must logon to this web site to sign up and use PayPal to make your payment.

If you signed up on-line, you can check on your order status (login required). Your most recent orders are listed first. Your current pending orders are colored green, while canceled or completed orders are colored grey.

Banquet attendees are encouraged to wear their club badges to show their club pride. We have stick on name tags for those who don't have or forget to wear their club badge.


Schedule: 6:00PM - Arrival and Mixing
7:00PM - Dinner
7:30PM - Introductions
7:45PM - Presentation
8:45PM - Announcements, Awards, etc.
9:00PM - Raffle

Prices for the 2023 banquet.

Dinner includes a mixed green salad, potato or rice (depending on the plate), fresh vegetables, bread, coffee or tea, and dessert.


The banquet was held at:

The Blue Pheasant
22100 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

Refund Policy

Cash or Check Payments

Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by 6:00 PM on Monday, April 24th, 2023. Refunds are paid by check. Allow up to 30 days to receive your refund.

PayPal Payments

Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by 6:00 PM on Monday, April 24th, 2023. However, if the cancellation is more than one hundred and fifty (180) days after payment was made, the refund may be reduced to cover processing expenses. Refunds are paid via PayPal. Allow 15 days to receive your refund.

Last updated May 2, 2023