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The NJQRP Club is pleased once again to host the "Atlanticon QRP Forum" being held
this year in Timonium, Maryland
on March 30-31.
is a weekend gathering of QRPers on the eastern US seaboard, and is once
again being held on the same weekend as the Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest at the Timonium Fairgrounds, on the north side of
Baltimore. We held our very first Atlanticon in Timonium two years
ago, then went to Philly for the second year's forum, and now we're back in
Timonium again by popular demand. It seems the large hamfest, which is
also host to the ARRL Maryland State Convention, is a big draw for
QRPers on the east coast.
Most seasoned QRPers know that the Atlanticon QRP
Forum follows the standard tradition of a Friday night arrival and hospitality
hall for vendors and attendees, a full suite of QRP seminars during Saturday
morning and afternoon, and a lavish Saturday evening bash where we have
building contests, a unique operating event, vendors tables again, and more
About 150 QRPers usually show up for
Atlanticon, and on Saturday get treated to QRP seminar topics presented by acknowledged leaders
and experts in our hobby. We are very proud this year to have our
speaker slate comprised of:
Tony Fishpool, G4WIF
Graham Firth G3MFJ
Joe Everhart, N2CX
Dave Benson, NN1G
Jim Kortge, K8IQY
Rich Arland K7SZ
Steve Ford, WB8IMY
Chuck Adams, K7QO
This is going to be a great set of presentations
and it's bound to be a standing-room-only showing in the
seminar room on Saturday!
Last year we started a new tradition by sending a small bag of electronic components
to all registered attendees such that they could build the kit beforehand and
bring it along for use and judging during our building contest on Saturday
Atlanticon kit is the PSK31
We designed software for an inexpensive-but-fast
PIC-like microcontroller device that generates audio tones using the PSK31
algorithms. The data-driven audio waveform is fed to an amplifier IC
which drives a user-supplied speaker and "voila", the familiar PSK31
warble is easily recognized. When presented as input to DigiPan (or an
equivalent PSK31 receiving system), these modulated audio tones are able to be
decoded to display the original data stream.
will get a chance to build up their simple Manhattan-style kit beforehand and
bring it along for judging on Saturday evening. Homebrewing experts Chuck
Adams and Jim Kortge will do the judging. Then all contestants will turn their beacons ON and gather around two laptops
running DigiPan and manned by PSK31 veterans Dave Benson and Joe Everhart. These laptops have
built-in microphones and can decode audio PSK31 tones "in the air" ...
and boy, with 75-100 beacons warblin' away, there will certainly be audio
tones in the air! (We've suggested that Dave and Joe bring along a pair of
ear plugs :-)
Read all the details of the PSK31 Audio Beacon here,
including the schematic, parts layoout, full source code and a 19-page
comprehensive manual available for downloading!
The Atlanticon QRP Forum is being held again at the
Holiday Inn Select in Timonium, MD. Located just off exit 16 of
Interstate 83 North, this quality hotel is only about 20 minutes from
Baltimore-Washington International airport (BWI). Reduced room rates
have been arranged with the Holiday Inn Select - just mention that you
are with the "Atlanticon" group. Reservations can be made
by calling 410-252-7373.
See the hotel's information-packed website at http://www.hiselectbaltimore.com
Admittance to Atlanticon is $10, collected either
at the hotel that weekend, or in advance by mail.
The grand prize this year is a brand new Yaesu
FT-817 all-mode, all-band QRP transceiver! Everyone attending will be
eligible, based on a drawing to be done at the end of the presentations on
Other prizes will be awarded throughout the
weekend based on random drawings and contest winners. Many generous QRPers and
companies have donated QRP gear for us to give away ... transceivers,
paddles & kets, books, calendars, and more!
The Atlanticon hotel is only a short distance from
the very popular Greater Baltimore Computerfest and Hamvention, being held the
very same weekend! See their website for complete details of the ham fun that
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Stay tuned to these web pages for the very latest details on the QRP weekend and associated special events.
Details also appear in current issues of QRP Homebrewer.
This fun-filled, and now traditional east
coast QRP weekend is just around the corner, so make your arrangements soon.
Hotel rooms and flights will tend to sell out as time draws closer, and the
Atlanticon QRP weekend should not be missed. See your QRP friends, win
some fantastic door prizes, take away a pretty cool Atlanticon Kit, and hear
some fantastic technical presentations ... it couldn't be better!
-- George Heron, N2APB
& Joe Everhart, N2CX
Last Modified: March 15, 2001