ARRL 2023 Minnesota State Convention

The conference was a resounding success, with 233 registered attendees and 210 in attendance. We extend our sincere gratitude to all our presenters for their invaluable contributions. Thank you to everyone who attended, and we’re pleased to announce that all available videos from the event are now accessible online.

2023 Curriculum
Here is a description of all the seminars that were offered. 

6 Meter EME

Using Earth’s moon as a passive signal reflector. Any two amateurs who can simultaneously see the moon should theoretically be able to communicate – this seminar will explain the dynamics of accomplishing this.
Presentation by Tim Blank, N0TB

A Gentle Introduction to HF

 This  seminar will talk about Wavelength; Propagation; Antennas and Real Estate Grounding; Modes;Noise; Band space and Band Plan; Equipment.
Presentation by Steve Horesji, KE0VDC


Amateurs have traditionally played a significant role in ARES / EMComm, areas that involve public service. However, getting involved and being productive in these areas can sometimes pose challenges. That’s where Amateur Radio comes in. Discover how Amateur Radio can be your lifeline when all else fails.  Get productively engaged in emergency communication situations.

Presentation by Ryc Lyden, KD0ZWM

Ares / EMComm Technical Competency

Discover the Power of Technical Expertise in ARES and EMComm. FCC Part 97 emphasizes the importance of ‘technical experts’ and staying ahead of the ‘state of the radio art.’ In Minnesota, we are passionately dedicated to embracing these directives in the field of emergency communications and event support. Find out how we are raising the bar and leading the way in MN’s Emcom and events space.
Presentation by Erik Westgard, NY9D

Choke / UnUn Design and Measurement with NanoVNA

Matching network design can be both an art and a science. As part of an antenna design project, we might need a special-purpose combination Choke / Unun. This section will demonstrate the process using the NanoVNA to validate the results. This will be an insightful session on Choke / UnUn Design and Measurement with NanoVNA.

Presentation by James B. Anderson K8OS 

Digital Modes (FT8/FT4/JS8Call)

This session will cover what it takes to get started with many popular digital modes. We will cover connecting up and configuring a computer for digital modes, and discuss some common troubleshooting approaches. Next we will walk through setting up the wsjtx-x program and show some examples of using FT8 and FT4. Then we will go through an overview of other popular digital modes, including JT65, JS8Call, RTTY and VarAC, and discuss their uses.

Presentation by Brent Petit WG0A

Displaced-Feedpoint Dipole for 6-Meters

An ingenious solution for enhancing the performance of your 6-Meter antenna. Discover the power of a custom choke / Unun combination. Solidify your connection on 6 Meters with this innovative approach.

Presentation by James B Anderson, K8OS

DXpeditions on a Shoestring

VThe allure of contacting distant stations, the reality of requirements, optimizing your station and operation habits, and understanding propagation related to successful DX operation are all key aspects that we delve into.

Presentation by  Glenn Johnson, W0GI

Go Kits

 For a captivating presentation on the indispensable role of Go Kits in achieving seamless portable operations: Discover the art of assembling a kit that enables quick and efficient mobilization. Explore where to begin and delve into essential planning considerations to optimize your Go Box’s potential. Learn about the various types of boxes available to suit your unique needs. Don’t miss this enlightening presentation by Ralph Bierbaum, N0AWN, as we unlock the secrets of Grab & Go Boxes, the key to unparalleled portability.

Get On the Air With a Limited Budget

Investments in ham radio equipment can be expensive.  Budget limitations are personal – limited to one person may be an order of magnitude or more away from another ($100 to $10000 represents two orders of magnitude).  This presentation helps a beginner identify opportunities to get experience with a variety of modes and frequencies of operation, to help prioritize areas of interest before investing money.

Presentation by Bill Franzen, WF0B

HF Operation from an Electric Vehicle

What is possible and reasonable running HF mobile in an electric vehicle?
With the proliferation of electric automobiles, new challenges could soon affect all mobile HF operations. As an example, the Tesla automobile is a potential source for RF noise, what with large switched currents and lots of electronics. It also has a carbon fiber body and a case aluminum subframe.

Presentation by Craig P Larsen, KC0DMF

Introduction to Radiosporting and Contesting

Who doesn’t love a good contest? About doing the best with what you have as well as improving your station and techniques. Improving your skills- improving your station.

Presentation by Vern “Bill” Lippert, AC0W

Introduction to 6 Meters

With many of the HF rigs now having 6m capability, and with the upswing in the solar cycle, it may be a good way to expose those attending to “the magic band”.

Presentation by Donn Baker, WA2VOI

Intro to Logging and Spotting

Introduction to N1MM+ Logger and the DX spotting cluster…

Efficient, organized logging with good integration to a radio can make operating much more fun.  This presentation will cover the basic operation of N1MM+ Logger, an overview of the DX spotting cluster, and how to set them up.  These skills will help you with Parks on the Air, contesting, DXing, award chasing, public service communications, and general operating, regardless of license class or preferred band.

Presentation by Bill Mitchell, AE0EE

Mounting a 6 Meter DXpedition

A comprehensive session on mounting a 6 Meter DXpedition. With his extensive experience and wealth of knowledge, Matt Holden, K0BBC will equip you with everything you need to know about undertaking a successful 6 meter DXpedition. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a true expert in the field.


A new class of miniature instrumentation that brings complex RF measurement techniques into the hands of Amateurs at an affordable price point.

– Feedline Loss and Impedance
– Filter Evaluation

Presentation by Karl Kulp, AE0DL

POTA: Getting Started with Parks on the Air

Getting started with Parks on the Air is easy, and although getting started may seem a bit intimidating, this session will help you learn about how POTA works, how you can participate as a hunter/chaser, and gain the confidence you need to get out to a park and have your own activation.

Presentation by Dale Henninger, W0DHZ

Propagation / Solar Weather

The intricate relationship between the Sun, Earth’s Ionosphere, and radio propagation on earth. A, K, SFI, SN, MUF… What do all these numbers mean and how can we use them to understand the present propagation situation?

Presentation by Steve Hoeresji, KE0VDC


The art, science, and sport of operating at very low RF power levels.

What qualifies as QRP?

Why QRP?
– Fun
– Technical Challenge
High Portability
– Very low power supply demand

Presentation by Richard Hunt, W0KFG, Artie Johnson, WB0JMG, and Walt Richie, KD0XT

Remote Operation

Sure, you’ve heard about operating an HF station remotely via the internet, but why would you want to?  Is it hard to do?  Will it break the bank?

Presentation by Patrick Tice, WA0TDA

Repeater Digital (AllStar)

What Allstar is, what you need software, and connectiveness to the programs.

Presentation by Rich Waryan, KB0FJB

Satellite / ISS Communication

This session will cut through the technical jargon and get to the basics of how amateur radio space satellites function, and what equipment and operating skills you need to acquire in order to make contacts through them. It really isn’t as difficult as it sometimes sounds!

Presentation by Mark Johns, K0JM

The World Above 50 MHz

Join Janice Hoettels (KA9VVQ) and Bruce Richardson (W9FZ) of the Northern Lights Radio Society for a 45 minute presentation about getting started and having fun operating above 50 MHz. The talk will focus on using HF+VHF/UHF multi-mode rigs that many hams already own for getting started in this fun and challenging aspect of ham radio. Following the presentation there will be a show-and-tell in the parking lot of the presenters’ vehicles (called “rovers”) set-up for VHF+ mobile operating and contesting.

Transmitter Hunting /Radio Direction Finding (RDF)

Come and learn about what is commonly called “Foxhunting, Radio Direction Finding, Transmitter Hunting, or ARDF”. Find out what equipment will work for you on your first hunt! We will discuss the following topics:

– What is Foxhunting? Why would I want to do it?
– “Types” of Foxhunts
– Foxhunting Equipment commonly used and the typical use techniques
(Beams, Attenuators, TDOA’s, Dopplers, Sniffers, SDR’s)

– What do I need to get started?
– Foxhunting Tips and Hints
– Tips for hiding/being the Fox
– Equipment Demos/Show and Tell
– References/suggestions for obtaining more information

Presentation by Art Rew, N0EX

VHF Contesting

A third presentation, perhaps on VHF contesting, maybe on roving/grid expeditions, maybe on microwave operations, or a blend of several of these topics within one time slot.

Presentation by Jon Platt, W0ZQ

QSL Card Checking

QSL Card Checking by Mikle Civek W0VTT, will be at the ARRL table in the cafeteria.