About The Event
The ARRL Minnesota State Convention will attract amateur radio operators from throughout the Upper Midwest for an all-day learning experience. It’s an important educational initiative that aims to develop a pool of radio operators ready to provide emergency communications in Minnesota communities. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the preeminent national organization supporting US Amateur Radio. It is through ARRL that ham radio partners with FEMA to support response recovery efforts in the wake of disasters.
We have painstakingly designed this conference to give you as much diversity of knowledge and subjects to enhance your ability to communicate effectively in whatever mode or operation you desire. Some of this you will already know, but maybe not completely. Even the most knowledgeable ham operator has some challenges of operations in their abilities. We hope this conference meets with your approval. Please take a moment and look over all of the offerings. You may select up to 5 to register, however, depending on the number of attendees taking a given seminar, we will determine which seminars are offered at each hour and some might be opposite the ones you choose. We suggest you have alternative choices for when you arrive. You will be able to determine which seminar you wish to attend upon your arrival and seeing the schedule at that time. Space in each seminar is limited.
Meet up with other hams you might not normally get to know. You might learn from each other!
There are 13 Clubs supporting this conference. We have gathered together speakers from many of these clubs.
This is a fun hobby. We want you to have fun at this conference – learn what you can so that you can increase your fun at home as well.
Be ready to learn and improve your knowledge.
These seminars are designed to help you do something new.
Here is a description of all the seminars being offered. Use this to first determine which seminars (5) are of most interest to you. There will be an opportunity to make changes at the conference. Specific times of each seminar will be determined in early October.
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
ARES / EMComm
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
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.
VNA , NanoVNA
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?
– Technical Challenge
– Very low power supply demand
Presentation by Richard Hunt, W0KFG, Artie Johnson, WB0JMG, and Walt Richie, KD0XT
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
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.