QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo 2022

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13, 2022. It’s an amazing experience for anybody that wants to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical operating and building techniques. And there is no need to travel – anyone can participate from their home or office! Information and tickets can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13, 2022.   It’s an amazing experience for anybody that wants to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical operating and building techniques.  And there is no need to travel – anyone can participate from their home or office!  Information and tickets can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

Here are some Expo highlights that we want to share with you:

Watch the Keynote Presentation.  We are excited to announce that Courtney Duncan, N5BF, will be our keynote.  Courtney will talk about the importance of amateur radio and technical hobbies to advance global technology and mankind’s ”big projects”.  Courtney just retired from JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he supported numerous missions with digital and radio frequency hardware and software, most recently as telecommunications lead for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.

Listen and engage with 60 ham radio luminaries on some 20 different topic areas – there is something for everyone.  Here are a few of the presentations, from general to expert levels:

3Y0J: The Bouvet DXpedition

APRS Picoballoon Flight by a Rank Amateur

Core HF Communication Concepts: Fundamentals of Shortwave Propagation

Deep dive of an FPGA implementation of DVB-S2

A complete list of speakers can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakers1.html

Watch as many presentations as you want!  A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time).  At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any presentations you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.  Our presentation videos with Q&A from previous Expos are still enjoyed by amateurs on our Vimeo channel.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.  FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, Elecraft is our Gold Expo.

Early Bird Tickets are just $10 (through March 6) and then $13.50 to the end of the on-demand period.  Tickets include entry for the Live 2 day period and the 30 day on-demand period.  Save on gas, lodging, and travel to attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13.  For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.


The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Team

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WinLink Online Training: WK6, Advance Questions / Answers

The postponed WK6 presentation is now on track for Thursday, September 3rd, please join us.  Note: The Zoom information is the same as it was before, use it or use what is shown below. 

Please plan to attend Thursday, September 3 ARES Zoom session.  Zoom Information shown below
9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST

Topic: WK6 – Winlink Advance Questions/Answers
Speaker:Phil Sherrod, W4PHS  Phil is part of the WInlink Developement Team and will be accompanied by others. 

Thursday’s meeting will be OPEN for all to attend. Please feel free to invite others.

èè  NOTE:  I have attached a Winlink Workshop reference sheet with links to previous Winlink workshops and related information. 

This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded. 

Please change your display name to Your FirstNameCallSign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho
è Changing Your Display Name in Zoom

Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting

To be fair to everyone, there will be a three minute limit for each person during Q & A

You may ask questions in chat; please stay on topic while using chat. 

For security reasons, we have not inlcuded the meeting link or password. To have that information sent to you, please email [email protected] with your request and call sign.

SKYWARN 2020 Online Training

Subject: SKYWARN 2020 Online Training Opportunities

Fresno ARES/RACES has arranged with NOAA Hanford for two Remote Learning SkyWarn Spotter 2020 certification courses on Wednesday September 2 (1800 to 2000) and Saturday September 5 (1300 to 1500). All pertinent details are described below.San Joaquin Valley Section ARES recommends that ARES Volunteers refresh their SkyWarn training at least every other year.This will be the first NOAA Hanford SkyWarn training in recent memory for which a Certificate of Completion will be issued.This Certificate will be suitable for documenting one of the four optional yet critically important SkyWarn ARES certification tasks in the current ARRL Emergency Communicator Position Task Book V2_1_1.pdf to progress beyond ARES Approval Level One to ARES Approval Level Two – the minimum qualification certifications required for ARES Mutual Aid Team (ARESMAT) deployment beyond your home ARES Unit’s Geographic Group ID’s Boundaries.All SJV ECs within the NOAA Hanford Forecast Region – Merced, Mariposa and Madera Counties & south – shall make this 2020 SkyWarn Training Opportunity available to all ARES Volunteers in their Jurisdictions.SJV’s Northern Tier Counties are welcome to participate in these two SkyWarn Training Sessions.
For ARES Emergency Communicator Position Task Book purposes in the San Joaquin Valley Section either NOAA Region’s SkyWarn Course & Certification is deemed suitable for ARES PTB qualification purposes in all 12 of the SJV Section Counties.Regarding the PTB: San Joaquin Valley Section ARES Operators already qualified and operational at Approval Levels Two and Three are herewith considered to have all Level 1 Training indefinitely ‘grandfathered’ so long as your AHJs and ARRL’s new Emergency Communications Directorate or you as ECs do not require otherwise.In addition to ensuring that all ARES Volunteers see this Training Announcement soonest, please consider sharing it with Amateur Radio Clubs & CERT groups operating in your Jurisdictions as well as all interested citizens and any First Responder Agencies you might have contact with in your ARES Group’s Jurisdiction’s Operational Areas.Thank you again Fresno ARES for a great job coordinating this essential training opportunity for Central California.The potential for simultaneous threats from varied sources (lighting caused fire clusters and Covid-19) which might cause AHJs to Activate ARES Resources has already become a ’new normal’ in many parts of California.In my never humble opinion about such things – NOAA’s SkyWarn Training is still the best example of ’See Something, Say Something’ and it predates DHS by I don’t even know how many decades.Cheers & 73,
…Dan Sohn wl7coo
San Joaquin Valley Section Emergency Coordinator
[email protected] or [email protected]
Excerpted with slight edits from the Fresno ARES/RACES Training Announcement ‘soon to be available’ on fcemcomm.org …wl7cooWHAT:Please join the Fresno County ARES group in this unique public safety training opportunity and encourage those in your organization to attend and learn!Certificates of Completion will be issued to all who complete the course.You only need to attend one of the training courses, two sessions are offered for your convenience, both are via the very easy to use Go-To Meeting online client.WHO:All citizens and organizations interested in increasing their understanding of weather events.WHEN:Training Session 1: SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2020 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Pacific Time (1800-2000 hrs)Training Session 2: SEPTEMBER 5th, 2020 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Pacific Time (1300-1500 hrs)Same training – Two different days available.

For links to the meeting, please PM us (for security reasons).