Atlanticon 2003 QRP Forum 

will be held .... March 28-29 in Baltimore, Maryland

The Atlanticon QRP Forum is a weekend of QRP fun, presentations and social gathering happening annually in the springtime on the east coast, sponsored by the NJQRP Club.  QRPers from all over the US (and internationally) show up for this annual event We're now planning our fifth year of doing it!

QRP presentations all day Saturday ... About 170 QRPers usually show up for Atlanticon and on Saturday get treated to QRP seminar topics presented by acknowledged leaders and experts in our hobby. These are hour-long audio/visual presentations made by knowledgeable hams in fields of transmitter design, antenna analysis, homebrew construction, electronic simulation, operating from the field, microcontroller hardwrae & software design, and more. We normally run straight through from 9am to 5:30pm, with only shorts breaks for lunch and stretching of legs. Each attending QRPer gets a bound copy of the QRP presentations in the form of the Atlanticon Proceedings.  These Saturday QRP seminars are one of the great highlights of the weekend. 

And what a speaker lineup we have for everyone this year!  The illustrious QRP speaker staff for this year's all-Saturday run of presentations includes:
    - Doug Hendricks, KI6DS     (read about Doug's presentation)
    - Dave Benson, K1SWL       (read about Dave's presentation)
    - Jim Kortge, K8IQY             (read about Jim's presentation)
    - James Bennett, KA5DVS   (read about James' presentation)
    - Joe Everhart, N2CX           (read about Joe's presentation)
    - Craig Johnson, AA0ZZ       (read about Craig's presentation)
    - Jon Iza, EA2SN                 (read about Jon's presentation)

And once again, we'll have Rich Arland, K7SZ as the emcee for the seminar, introducing the speakers with a flair and panache that few can imagine. Rich is the noted author of the QRP Power column in QST and of other QRP publications throughout his many years as an energetic evangelist of QRP.

The presentations are being finalized now and we'll soon let every know what's on tap.  I have some insight to the material, of course, and it's going to be a doozy of a seminar on Saturday!

The Atlanticon Kit"
As has become a custom for Atlanticon, we have a special "Atlanticon Kit" nearly ready to send to all those who pre-register for Atlanticon. This is a small, but very useful project that you'll be able to use in the shack for years to come.  But even more important, it serves as the basis for the Saturday evening fun & games we have planned.  Believe me, if you thought the group events in preceding years were exciting, "you ain't seen nuthin' yet!"  It's a brand new N2CX-design that has all sorts of construction and usage flexibility.  We'll tell more about this very shortly  (And yes, the Kit will also be available for sale to others not able to attend Atlanticon this year.)

Atlanticon is being held on March 28-29, 2003 -- the same weekend as the Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest, which is possibly the most popular hamfest in the mid-Atlantic region. Many QRPers in attendance at Atlanticon find it very enjoyable to catch an early Saturday at the Fairgrounds' hamfest, and then do it again even longer on Sunday morning.

Hotel ...  By popular demand, we're back at our favorite hotel, the Holiday Inn Select in Timonium, MD.  Located just off exit 16 of Interstate 83 North, this quality hotel is just minutes away from the hamfest fairgrounds, and only about 30 minutes from Baltimore-Washington International airport (BWI). A reduced room rate of $79/night is arranged with the Holiday Inn Select. You can call their local reservation desk at 410-252-7373.  Be sure to state that you are with the "Atlanticon" event, as we get valuable discounts once the group of 100 rooms we've blocked off are used up. See the hotel's information-packed website at

Atlanticon starts at 7:30 on Friday night, March 28th with a social evening where we meet up with old friends and make new ones.  Vendors and QRPers alike often show their projects at tables around the large banquet room in which we meet, right up until 11pm.

Saturday March 29th is the main event, wherein the illustrious QRP speaking staff delivers the presentations from 8:30 until 5pm, with an optional luncheon buffet midday.  We break for individual dinnertime cuisine at local restaurants and reconvene at 7:30 for an evening of wild QRP fun - a homebrew building contest and a special Atlanticon Event are the usual activities for Saturday evening. We normally go until 11pm and then many of us then carry on in the hotel bar, quenching the insatiable QRP thirsts (both knowledge and liquid.)

Sunday morning finds most QRPers hustling over to the hamfest for a morning of looking for that gem of a deal during the last hours of the 'fest. The Timonium Fairgrounds is only a short ride away and is well worth the trip.

Registration ... It's too close now to register by mail, so just show up at the door on Friday or Saturday, an $10 will get you in!  You'll still get the Atlanticon Kit (the "Sniffer" Foedl Strength Meter), a badge, a copy of the Proceedings and the opportunity of a lifetime to hear a notable lineup of QRP speakers.

Greater Baltimore HAMBOREE & Computerfest ... 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:  Many Atlanticon attendees plan their weekend to make it over to the hamfest very early on Saturday morning or on Sunday morning, thus making the over weekend a true ham adventure.

Over 170 QRPers normally attend these Atlanticon weekends ... sure hope you too can join us for our very special QRP extravaganza on March 28-29 in 2003.   Mark your calendars and make your travel reservations early to get the good rates and we'll see you there!

  George Heron, N2APB
  & Dave Porter, AA3UR

Last Modified: March 24, 2003