Atlanticon QRP Forum 2004

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The Atlanticon 2004 QRP Forum is a weekend of QRP fun, presentations and social gathering hosted by the NJQRP Club and sponsored by the AmQRP Club each year in the spring.  QRPers from all over the US (and internationally) show up for this annual event held in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's event will be held in our regular location (Baltimore, Maryland) on March 26-27 during the weekend of the ever-popular Greater Baltimore Computerfest and Hamboree. The hotel is again at the Holiday Inn Select right next to the state fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. Special rates are established, so check for special reservations.  You can reserve a spot at the QRP festivities right now by sending $10 registration to George Heron, 2419 Feather Mae Ct., Forest Hill, MD 21050 ... or by PayPal to n2apb@amsat.org).  All those registered for Atlanticon will receive badges and our famous "Atlanticon Kit" in the month before the weekend, as well as the Atlanticon Proceedings (a printed set of the presentations) there at the weekend.

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. This year's lineup includes: K1SWL (75m rigs & antenna designs), N2CX (component measurement), AA0ZZ (PIC-EL project board), WB8RCR (Elmer 160), WA3WSJ (antennas & field operating), and N2APB (Micro908 for component measurement). 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 hardware & 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. 

The Atlanticon Kit"
As has become a custom for Atlanticon, we send a special "Atlanticon Kit" 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.   The characteristically cool and famous “Atlanticon Kit” this year is currently being prepared for mailing to those who pre-register.  It is designed by N2CX and “Mr. MeltSolder” KD1JV, who will also be a featured guest this year.  Moooove stuff around on the bench to make room for this “Elsie ProjectJ 

ELSIE is the brain child of two of the top QRP designers we have in the field today - Joe Everhart N2CX and Steve Weber KD1JV.  They've combined talents to produce a low-cost L-C Meter that will be used as the Atlanticon Kit this year at our annual QRP Forum being held in Baltimore on March 26-27.  (Atlanticon is sponsored by the AmQRP and hosted by the NJQRP and its members.)
 
The heart of ELSIE is an ATmel microcontroller that reads the frequency of a tuned circuit formed with the inductor or capacitor being measured. The controller computes the values of the component-under-test and announces the readings in Morse via a miniature speaker. When the user presses the 'C' pushbutton, the capacitance is announced.  When the 'L' pushbutton is pressed, the inductance value is announced. 

You can read more about the ELSIE Kit here.

Atlanticon is held at the end of March -- 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 ...  The "Atlanticon hotel" is the 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 is arranged with the Holiday Inn Select to help QRPers with weekend expenses.  See the hotel's information-packed website at http://www.hiselectbaltimore.com

Atlanticon starts at 7:30 on Friday night 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 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.

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:  http://www.gbhc.org.  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 each year at the end of March.   Mark your calendars and make your travel reservations early to get the good rates and we'll see you there!

72/73,
  George Heron, N2APB 

  

Last Modified: March 23, 2004