2007 QRP Forum
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Mark your calendars and start making plans to make it to Maryland on
the weekend of March 30-31 for the 9th annual Atlanticon QRP Forum!
We can't believe Atlanticon has been thriving for so many years.
If you've never been to a QRP weekend, anyone can tell you it's one of
the most exciting and invigorating QRP things you can do in this
wonderful hobby of ours. You get a chance to meet many friends
and make new ones as you put faces to the callsigns we hear on the
bands and see here on the lists. Between the hospitality suites
on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the full day of fun and
informative presentations on QRP and ham radio in general, you'll be
"overdosed" by the time the weekend is over ... but you won't even feel
the pain for the warm glow you'll be experiencing.
And like the ARCI FDIM weekend, we conduct Atlanticon on the same
weekend that a very popular hamfest is held. It's the largest
hamfest on the eastern seaboard ... in fact, the hotel where we conduct
our QRP weekend is the very same one as used by the hamfest committee
and it's within hiking distance of the Timonium fairgrounds where the
hamfest itself is held. So before, during (if you can afford to
miss the QRP fun), and after (especially on Sunday morning), you can
get your fill of walking isle after isle of precious junque at the
A unique thing that sets Atlanticon apart from the rest of the other
good QRP weekends throughout the year is the "Atlanticon Kit" that we
make available in advance to all attendees, and the related "contest"
on Saturday night of the weekend. We always come up with an
interesting, and sometimes foolish project that really captures the
imagination and involvement of the QRPers. Many attendees
demonstrate uncanny ingenuity in finding ways to customize the
Atlanticon Kit in order to give them an edge in the competition.
In the past we've had more than 100 homebrewers running around with
PSK31 audio transmitters sounding off in speakers, sounding like a
horde of locusts. We've had hidden transmitters sending
mysterious codes in Morse. We've had homebrew oscillator accuracy
drift measurements, with some guys making temperature insulating
chambers with old underwear (yes, I know ...), another circulating ice
water to cool his oscillator, and yet another reprogramming his
Micro908 to serve as a thermal feedback regulator. Amazing!
This year Joe and I have come up with something that's very vogue, fun
and at the same time pretty useful after the event. We have
announced and described this year's Atlanticon Kit, the
It's something that nearly everyone will be able to use later on
in the shack, in the field and even on the roof of your home. See
We'll also begin introducing our wonderful lineup of speakers for the
all-day Saturday presentations. Some are old faces (well,
previously seen, anyways) and some are new, which helps keep us all
current in the field. Our presentations this year span the gamut
of radio operating, RF design, digital design, to-the-field
preparations and more. Chances are that nearly everyone will find
one-or-more personal favorites on this year's agenda.
Full details for Atlanticon are at http://www.njqrp.org/atlanticon/, including hotel reservation info and phone numbers.
So fly, drive, walk, bike, swim, cross-country ski, or skate (select
transportation method based on the crazy weather you might be having
this year in your neck of the woods) to Baltimore in just a little more
than two months from now. Ask anyone who's been to Atlanticon
before - you'll have a great time!
73, George N2APB, Joe N2CX and Rich W3OSS
for the AmQRP Club .. sponsors of the Atlanticon QRP Forum
for the NJQRP Club ... hosts of the Atlanticon weekend
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Last Modified: March 17,