Abstracts and Biographies

Most of our speakers have abstracts of their presentations and/or personal biographies below.

The speakers are listed in alphabetical order, by last name.

See the Conference Overview Schedule page for an overview of the weekend.

See the Forums Schedule page for full schedule of the Forums.

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Mark Aaker, K6UFO

K6UFO Mark Aaker likes operating big stations in good locations to contact rare DX stations. He has earned DXCC Top of the Honor Roll and has worked over 100 countries on eleven different bands. In contests, he has organized winning multi-operator teams, as well as his own single-operator wins, often at the challenging QRP 5 watt level. Since 2005 he has built and operated his own remote station in Washington state, and uses other remote stations across the country and around the world. In past years he worked as an engineer for Motorola, NASA, and National Semiconductor, and as a Patent Attorney for Apple. 

Title: Remote Operation of Your Ham Radio Station
Saturday, 1:00pm, Salons G/H

Remote operation of your Amateur Radio station makes your station more useful. Remote operation is especially useful for club stations and shared stations. And for apartment dwellers, students, and HOA-restricted areas - remote operation to a station elsewhere can be a good option. Many useful pieces for a remote operation solution exist, but putting them together in an efficient, reliable and affordable configuration is the challenge - just like putting together any Amateur Radio station!

Greg Albrecht, W2GMD

Greg Albrecht EMT W2GMD has been licensed since 1996, and has been responding to disasters just as long. As principal consultant for Sensors & Signals in San Francisco, CA, he works for several public safety and federal law enforcement agencies providing tactical situational awareness products and services. He is a California State licensed EMT and serves as an EMS Supervisor for Rock Medicine and a critical infrastructure information communications technology (ICT) responder for the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC). He lives in San Francisco with his family and, when free time permits, can be found working digital modes on HF.

Title: Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) for Amateur Radio
Saturday, 3:00pm, Salon 2

Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) for amateur radio. See how the DoD's free and open source Situational Awareness tool can be utilized for everything for day-to-day ham radio operations to special events and disaster response.

Jim Aspinwall, No1PC

Jim is current President of the Northern Amateur Radio Council of California (NARCC) and owner of 4 linked UHF repeaters in the SF Bay Area. Licensed in 1971 amid the genesis of repeaters. Retired, enjoying HF, elmering, and helping keep Northern California repeater operations viable. Jim runs the "Amateur Radio Elmers" group on Facebook and is a frequent co-host of "Ham Radio Now".

Title: So You Want To Work On Repeaters…
Sunday, 9:00am, Pleasanton/Danville

Wayne Burdick N6KR
Wayne is Elecraft's Chief Technology Officer and a principle designer of the company's transceivers, including the K1, K2, K3, K4, KX1, KX2, and KX3. Prior to founding Elecraft with Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ, Wayne created the Wilderness Radio kits (NorCal 40A, Sierra, and SST), refinements of his NorCal QRP Club designs. Wayne and Eric have both been inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame, and also jointly received the ARRL's Technical Excellence Award for their Elecraft designs. Wayne holds a degree in Cognitive Science from U.C. San Diego, and has worked for many years as a software/hardware engineer, specializing in user interface design. In his spare time he writes fiction, goes on long hikes, and plays acoustic guitar.

TitleUltraportable HF Field Operation
Saturday, 8:00am, Pleasanton/Danville

There are many ergonomic challenges inherent in operating a miniaturized HF station in the field. An operator might be standing, hiking, kneeling, or sitting on a rock or tree branch. This talk will discuss various ways to accommodate nontraditional deployment, including topics such as hand-held HF radio size and weight, logging, CW operation and stealth antennas.

David Casler, KE0OG

Dave has been a ham radio YouTuber for over a decade and has been licensed over 45 years. He keeps current a complete set of training videos for Tech, General, and Amateur Extra, that match the ARRL license manuals section-for-section. The ARRL has leased these videos to use as their own training videos. His YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/davecasler, answers questions submitted by viewers. Dave also writes the "Ask Dave" column for QST each month. Dave enjoys HF ragchewing. He lives with his wife, Loretta, KBØVWW, in the Colorado Rockies.

Title: High Altitude EMP Events
Saturday, 2:00pm, Salon E

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Let's cut through the folklore and look at what it really is. We'll cover actual high altitude EMP events, which continued into the early 1960s, what the pulse shapes really look like, and potentially how we can protect against them. Also, we'll place this threat in context with other world events.

Title: History of Invention of Vibroplex
Saturday, 3:00pm, Salons E

Vibroplex is the oldest name in ham radio. But the inventor did not come up with the "Original" the very first time he sat at his workbench. Let's take a look at what preceded his masterpiece and what troubles he had to overcome.

Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB

I am the Kit Building Editor for CQ Magazine since 2009 and a contributing author to the ARRL Handbook since 2014, Construction Techniques chapter.

Title: Kit Building Techniques for Success
Saturday, 11:00am, Pleasanton/Danville

 I'll be showing tips and techniques for builders from beginner to advanced skill levels to give the best chance at success.

Randy Hall, K7AGE

Title: Receiving SSTV from the ISS
Sunday, 10:00am, Contra Costa, Salon 2

Currently the SSTV equipment is offline. They hope to get it going over the next several months. My presentation is about how will you be ready when the ISS is ready. Slides, and some video to play.

John Hays, K7VE

John was first licensed in 1973 as a Novice and progressed through all intervening classes and has been an Amateur Extra since the mid-1990s when he also became a Volunteer Examiner and received the callsign K7VE. He makes his home in Kingston, WA.

John was an early adopter of packet radio and digital voice radio. He also operates digital modes such as FT-8, as well as voice. He has had a long career in the computer industry working for such manufacturers as Apollo Computer, HP, and NeXT, as well as Ecommerce in both healthcare and manufacturing.

He has been involved with AMPRnet since its inception in the early 1980s and has been the address coordinator for Western Washington state for over a decade.  He joined  Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) as a volunteer over a decade ago and was hired as the Outreach Manager in August 2021.

Title: ARDC's Grants Programs
Saturday, 4:00pm, Contra Costa Salon 2

ARDC is a private non-profit foundation that distributes $5+ million in the form of grants and scholarship funding each year. ARDC also manages 44Net (aka AMPRnet) with 12 million IPv4 routable IP addresses available for amateur radio projects.

Jeff Hilliard AK6OK

Title: Estate Planning for your Ham Radio Equipment
Saturday, 2:00pm, Contra Costa Salon 2

After being a ham for over 50 years, and this year I am turning 70, I have become very aware that our death is eventually going to happen. But how can you plan to make that transition easier on your family? I recently went through the full process of closing down a ham's estate through the process of Probate, a multi-year event in my case. This was a great education for me but also a wonderful reminder to plan this stuff well in advance!

I am setting up this class for the Seaside Hamfest next year.

This class covers:
*What a Will is about
*Quick walkthrough of the Power of Attorney
*Working through the process of selling or donating your equipment
*How Probate works
*What a trust is and how to set it up in advance
*Planning ahead to setup assistance from your ham friends in the area
*Swap meets and disposal of equipment

I understand that this can seem to be a difficult subject to discuss but the passing of a ham without plans in advance can be a very difficult situation on the family.

Jeffrey Kabel, AA6XA

Jeff got his license when he was 14 and in Middle School. He upgraded to Extra a few years later in High School then went off to college to become an electrical engineer. After taking a break from ham radio for a few years he got back into the hobby after moving to California. Jeff is an avid SOTA activator, and his activations can be seen at www.youtube.com/@hambitious. He also enjoys homebrewing, VHF+ contests, and CW contests.

Title: Introduction to DSP
Saturday, 9:00am, Pleasanton/Danville

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is everywhere in modern communications systems. This talk will give a qualitative introduction to DSP. We'll cover basic DSP concepts and some simple examples. DSP can be very math heavy, but this talk will not require any difficult math, aiming to give you a feel for how DSP works and some of the ways it is important to wireless communications.

Jeff Lee, KF6NXQ

Jeff Lee, KF6NXQ, is the Communications Coordinator for the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, an annual event that has utilized over 300 amateur radio operators in years past. Jeff has volunteered for the race for 21 years. Jeff also is a national instructor for CISA/ECD/ICTAP, teaching AUXC, COML, and other classes all over the country. Jeff is retired from a 28 year career as a Police Officer in Southern California.

Title: Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, and Communications for Events
Saturday, 2:00pm, Salon 2

Jeff will present a brief overview of Baker to Vegas and how it relates to communications planning for events. Using his experience from Baker to Vegas, the classes he teaches, and many other public safety deployments, Jeff will lead an interactive presentation on tips, tricks, and hacks on how YOU can put together a communications solution for your event!

Richard Manies, N6DT

Richard L Manies MBA, EA, CTRS, N6DT. Background: Department of Treasury Appointment to Represent Any Person or Entity Worldwide Before the IRS specializing in working with individuals experiencing severe tax problems. N6DT; received my first license in 1976 and have held the calls WN7NAV, WB7NAV, and N7AOT over the years.

Title: Setting Up Clubs and Groups as Tax-Exempt
Saturday, 4:00pm, Pleasanton/Danville

Will cover what an IRS 503(c)(3) is and how it can benefit your club IRS (& CA state) requirements and expectations for filing and maintenance.


Brian Mathews, AB6D

Title: Using SOTAmat to Support SOTA and POTA Activations
Sunday, 11:00am, Contra Costa, Salon 2

SOTA (Summits on the Air) and POTA (Parks on the Air) are two rapidly growing programs that combine the great outdoors, exercise, and amateur radio technologies into a fun points-based activity.  Outdoor Magazine called it "Biathlon for Geeks".  SOTA operators make contacts on mountain peaks, while POTA operators make contacts in National and State Parks.

I will introduce both radio sports and then explain a set of unique ways to solve the problem of "self-spotting" (alerting other operators how to make contact) in situations when you are connected and when you are not, using the SOTAMAT services.

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX

Kristen has been interested in radio since she was about 5 years old.  She started in Amateur Radio in 1979 getting her ticket while at MIT.  Kristen has worked in many diverse areas from analog circuit design to image processing to starting and running an ISP. She is currently working at Apple in Core Networking, and spent many years at Sun Microsystems Laboratories where she was researching robustness and emergent properties of large distributed computer systems.  She is a long time denizen of Silicon Valley and has worked at or consulted for many of the usual suspects.  Kristen is an active ham and loves to chase DX on HF with her Elecraft K2 which she built while visiting her mother in Florida.  She is ARRL Pacific Division Director, past president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Assoc., past Q&A columnist for Nuts and Volts magazine, and is active in many local clubs.  Kristen was recently inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.  She is also an Instrument Rated Private Pilot.

Title: Maxwell's Equations in 45 Minutes - Reprise
Saturday, 10:00am, Salon E

Maxwell's Equations are mysterious to many, but they are really a beautiful work of mathematical art that is at the heart of radio.  The mathematics seems impenetrable without advanced calculus, however, there is another way to look at it: visually.  This talk will take you inside a Gaussian surface, around a curl, and away from a divergence so that you too can see how these four simultaneous differential equations combine to bring the world of radio to life.  You will learn the meaning of Maxwell's Equations in about 45 minutes.

Jim McLaughlin, KI6ZUM

Jim has been developing and releasing open source hardware and software for over 35 years. When not experimenting with digital radio, he spends his time planning and running ARISS events to allow students to talk to astronauts on the ISS, mentoring high school students' high altitude balloon (HAB) flights, mentoring high school students to design the camera for the next AMSAT Cubesat and coaching FTC.

Title: Annual Update on the MMDVM (Multimode Digital Voice Modem) Open Source Project
Saturday, 1:00pm, Pleasanton/Danville

Multimode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM) - Our annual update presentation about progress and news for the project. This open source project allows for low power hot spots for digital modes such as DStar, DMR, Fusion, P25, NXDN, M17 and POCSAG.

Carol Milazzo, KP4MD

Dr. Carol Milazzo is the current District 6 Chairwoman of the Young Ladies’ Radio League. Starting as a short wave listener in the 60’s she has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1970. Carol has been a member of ARRL since 1973, the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) since 1977 and the YLRL since 2005. Carol is a Life member of the ARRL where she currently serves as ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager. Carol maintains a personal web page at www.qsl.net/kp4md and is https://www.n6na.org/ webmaster for the River City Amateur Radio Communications Society in Sacramento.

Title: YL Forum
Saturday, 2:00pm, Pleasanton/Danville

In this forum, Dr. Carol Milazzo, the District 6 Chair for the Young Ladies' Radio League and others will present an overview of the contributions of women of all ages (YLs) in Amateur Radio, the history and mission of the Young Ladies' Radio League, and the past and present challenges to women in amateur radio. Attendees will discuss their interests and activities and network to investigate strategies to promote role models, mentoring and greater YL inclusion in the amateur community. Youth outreach opportunities, such as the Maker movement, ARISS and the Girl Scouts "Radio and Wireless Technology" Patch Program will be discussed. Girls, women of all ages and allies are welcome.

Title: Dealing with Intentional Interference
Saturday, 4:00pm, Salon E

Intentional interference is increasingly reported in the Pacific Division and around the nation. This forum will present resources to assist and empower radio amateurs, clubs and repeater owners to respond to intentional interference, including strategies and roles of local DF teams, the ARRL-FCC Volunteer Monitor program, local courts and law enforcement. A slideshow will be followed by a question-and-answer panel.

Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX

Jonathan has been licensed since 1979 at the age of 14, initially with the VHF and up only licence of G8TXQ and then as G4KLX since 1980 after passing his morse test. He has been active on V/U/SHF DX and contests, but nowadays spends more time writing open source software such as the Linux kernel AX.25 stack and more recently the MMDVM which allows a repeater or hotspot to operate on most of the digital voice modes. He is a great believer in using computers in the hobby and sees it as a way to encourage young people to join in.

He lives near the south coast of the UK near Portsmouth but is originally from the Peak District in Derbyshire, a fact that he is oddly proud of.

He can sometimes be found on QO-100 SSB and CW, and on FT8 on 12m and upwards.

Title: Annual Update on the MMDVM (Multimode Digital Voice Modem) Open Source Project
Saturday, 1:00pm, Pleasanton/Danville

Multimode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM) - Our annual update presentation about progress and news for the project. This open source project allows for low power hot spots for digital modes such as DStar, DMR, Fusion, P25, NXDN, M17 and POCSAG.

Mathison Ott, KJ6DZB

TitleThe State of the Bay Area Mesh Network
Saturday, 5:00pm, Salon 2

Using ham radio to build a high-speed microwave network. A look at Northern California topography. This is just a slide presentation. SFWEM/BAM has a table, demos will be available at the table.

Darryl Paule, KI6MSP

I've been an amateur radio operator for 16 years. STEM is a very integral part of amateur radio. STEM also supports students in learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).

Title: STEM Program and the ARISS Program
Saturday, 4:00pm, Salons G/H

I'll show a 12 minute ARISS contact that I facilitated at Brook Haven school in Sebastopol, CA. I've taught the STEM program for five years.

Bruce Perens, K6BP

Title: Buiding an Off-Grid Remote Ham Radio Site
Saturday, 11:00am Salons G/H. and
Sunday, 11:00am Pleasanton / Danville

10 Acres for Antennas Where My Wife Doesn't Live! - Building a Remote-Controlled Ham Station

Bruce Perens K6BP bought 10 acres of land in far-northern California for $4K, sight-unseen on eBay, and built a remote-controlled ham station on the property. This talk goes over the issues - and there sure have been a lot of them! 

* Pitfalls of purchasing property, and the occasional bargain. Fraud, taxes, zoning, special districts, temporary structures, wells, cesspools, building permits.
* Backcountry neighbors.
* The freight container as shelter, buying them, and their issues.
* The internet connection: Starlink or cellular data.
* Power: solar panels and controllers, lead-acid and lithium batteries, voltage converters, the three voltages you'll need, the difference between conditioned power and battery power, and how it affects your equipment.
* Temperature management: keeping a healthy temperature for your equipment and lithium batteries.
* Computers, DIN-rail equipment, routers, Ethernet switches and PoE, ping-based relays, redundancy, and building a system that stays up when it's a 5-hour drive each way to fix anything.
* Radios and options for controlling them.
* What kind of antenna can I have, now what I have a 660x660 lot?
* Lightning protection.
* Security.

Michael Ritz, W7VO

I am the ARRL Northwestern Division Director and Vice President of the ARRL Foundation.

Title: The Storied History of DX
Saturday, 1:00pm, Salon E

All about the early days of amateur radio, (1920s-1930s), and the history of the ARRL DXCC program. We will discuss the first "DXpedition" in detail, as it relates to the Transatlantic Tests of the early 20's. Mixed in is a bit of early amateur radio history as well!

Mooneer Salem, K6AQ

Mooneer has been a ham since the early 2000s. Mooneer is a software engineer by trade specializing in medical devices, and has helped develop and maintain the FreeDV project since 2020. He has contributed code to and developed several other open source projects, including a Web based magnetic loop controller and to Winlink. When not developing software, Mooneer typically monitors 14.236 MHz for FreeDV traffic or other digital modes such as FT8 or JS8Call.

Title: FreeDV digital voice presentation
Saturday, 1:00pm, Salon 2

A lot of positive developments have happened in the FreeDV project over the last year. This presentation will go over what's new since last Pacificon as well as talk about how to get started if you're not already using it.

Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ

Eric is Elecraft's Chief Operating Officer, a co-designer of Elecraft's K3S and other transceivers, and co-founder of Elecraft in 1998 with Wayne Burdick, N6KR. Licensed 48 years, he credits his early interest in Amateur Radio with leading him to a career in electronic design and management. He received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University, and has been involved in a number of successful Silicon Valley startups. Prior to Elecraft, Eric was co-founder and President of Verisys, a test equipment manufacturer of high-performance protocol analyzers for the mass storage market. Wayne and Eric have both been inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame, and also jointly received the ARRL's Technical Excellence Award in 2001 for their Elecraft designs.

Title: Elecraft update with Q&A - including the K4 and it's latest features and updates
Saturday, 3:00pm, Salons G/H

Brian Tanner, AG6GX

I am a member of the Cupertino ARES and Santa Clara county ARES, active in both City and county ARES events. Credentialed in Field, Net Control, Packet, Shadow operations with MAC and EOC radio room endorsements.

Title: Emergency Power Solutions for Communications
Saturday, 2:00pm, Salons G/H

Talk with live demonstration of several solutions previously implemented, discussion of custom vs. turnkey solutions, battery technology AGM vs LiFePO4, what you should and should not do, practical limitations and tools for optimizing performance.

Alan Thompson, W6WN

Alan Thompson, W6WN, is the Public Information Officer for CERA, the Community Emergency Radio Association, a 501 c3 non-profit. By profession, Alan is a Satellite Internet Field Technician. In 2018, he was dispatched to Paradise, California, to help restore service at several cell tower sites that were knocked off-line by the Camp Fire. What he learned about the vulnerabilities of our national telecommunications infrastructure laid the ground work for a successful Neighborhood Radio Watch program in El Dorado County, which has since spread to other California communities.

Title: Radio for the Rest of Us (Update)
Saturday, 11:00am, Salon E

Our friends, neighbors and families face a dire threat from increasingly deadly wildfires and other environmental disasters, ripping communities apart and destroying lives. Coupled to this, our growing overdependence on vulnerable cell-phone and Internet infrastructure for potentially life-saving information. The irony is that these services often fail at the very moment we need them most, during an emergency. Colossal environmental and infrastructure problems may take years to solve, but we can't wait. The Community Emergency Radio Association (CERA) was formed to help communities learn how to use simple, inexpensive radios as a backup emergency communications system that works, "when all else fails." In this presentation, we'll explore how CERA can support Amateur Radio Clubs to promote these non-Ham radio safety programs in their own communities, and help ensure their own future.

John Trinterud, K9ONR

John has a background of 55+ years in communications, telephony, computer operations, UNIX software support, organic farming and organic inspections (!). John was first licensed in 2012 as KJ6PAP, now a General Class and graduated from Walnut Creek CERT after 10 years. I now serve as a Technical Specialist in the ARRL East Bay Division, concentrating on all things Winlink. My K9ONR VHF public gateway operates on 145.630 in CM87WV, in central Walnut Creek.

Title: Winlink Basics - Building Blocks and Configurations
Saturday, 9:00am, Salons G/H

Discussion of the basic (and customizable) Client and RMS elements of the Winlink system. Winlink is easily customized by changing configuration options in free software packages and no custom programming is required. We will also cover the use of “WOAD”, or the Winlink on Android app as an adjunct to the traditional Windows-based Winlink applications. Winlink and WOAD fit large and small operations, can be operated from a fixed site, a portable go-box and with or without Internet service.

Title: Advanced Winlink Class
Saturday, 10:00am, Salons G/H

Concentrating on GPS-enabled message templates, automated mapping and map criteria filtering. Additional topics include GPS dongles for Windows, local wireless access point transfer of messages rather than using amateur frequencies, and the WOAD app (Winlink on Android). This class builds on last year's Winlink presentation and extends user knowledge and capabilities.

Greg Waters, KJ6OUI

I hold an amateur extra class license and have been licensed for over ten years. I have held the following positions with ARRL: Public Information Officer and Public Information Coordinator. I was published in QST September 2016. I have been a lecturer at Pacificon for public information officer ARRL course. I was an ARES and RACES member in Fresno County. I am a registered amateur radio instructor and volunteer examiner with ARRL. I am registered with ARRL as a field instructor and examiner for amateur radio emergency communications.

I am employed with Humboldt County Sheriff’s department as the program coordinator for the Office of Emergency Services (OES) for just under five years. I am responsible for protection, prevention, response to, and lead disaster recovery. My duties include but not limited to the management of a disaster from the emergency operations center as planning chief and/or logistics chief. Train, manage, develop exercises for all the OES community emergency response teams (CERT) and the OES auxiliary communications team. Teach incident command system (ICS) to first responders and volunteer groups. Designated subject matter expert for Humboldt County sheriff’s department regarding wireless communications and emergency communication systems and services.

I have been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly Humboldt for the geology department on the subject matter of natural disaster emergency management response. Prior to my employment with OES, I worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT), and I earned my national registry and state paramedic license. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and attended University of the Pacific for graduate studies in psychology and obtained a master in business administration degree from California State University, Fresno.

Tying the two together: I became active in the local amateur radio community in Humboldt County, after relocating to Humboldt for work.  I learned that there were loosely affiliated emergency communications teams, but none were formally affiliated government sponsored teams. I took what I learned from my experience working as ARES and RACES member in Fresno County and with approval from San Francisco Section Manager, Bill Hillendahl KH6GJV, I worked with local club members to develop the Humboldt County OES auxiliary communications team.

OES’s team is less than two years old but we have 14 active members that have been activated in disasters as recent as last December. OES created an emergency operational plan (EOP) annex that includes auxiliary communications when none existed previously. OES is in the process of rebuilding the auxiliary communications unit in the emergency operations center with new HF, VHF, UHF amateur radios and public safety radios. OES created two communications go boxes to work with local partners and first responders that have been used for recent disasters such as earth quake response and wildfires.

Title:  Creating an Auxiliary Communications Team in a Rural Northern California County
Saturday, 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm, Salon 2

My presentation will focus on identifying the need for an AuxComm team, developing the organization, recruiting, and training, resourcing equipment, activation and deployment with real examples from recent disaster response.

Gordon West, WB6NOA

Gordon, of Costa Mesa, California, was named Amateur of the Year by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association in 2006 for his efforts in recruiting and training many new amateurs, in addition to his nearly lifelong involvement in ham radio. He has also been the recipient of the ARRL's Instructor of the Year award.

Gordon has been a ham for nearly 50 years and holds the top Extra Class license. He also holds the highest FCC commercial radiotelephone operator license, the First Class General Radiotelephone Certificate with Radar Endorsement.  Gordon is a Fellow Member of the Radio Club of America.

Starting in the late 1950s "Gordo," as he is known, worked for some of the big names in the field helping to develop several innovative pieces of equipment. In the 1980s Gordon and his wife Suzy, N6GLF, began teaching ham radio classes at college and marine venues and authored Amateur Radio training books sold by Radio Shack and equipment dealers around the country. Gordon remains active from 75 meters through 10 GHz, spending at least a couple hours on the air every day, helping new hams make friends on the many nets he runs. In addition, Gordon volunteers with the American Red Cross communications team in Orange County , California, and regularly offers free kids' classes and classes for cities to support their Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Title: Breakfast with Gordo
Saturday, 7:00am, Salon E

Title: Ham Instructor Academy
Saturday, 8:00am, Salon E

Mel Whitten, K0PFX

Mel's long time interest in improving analog Amateur Television (ATV) led him to being an early adopter of Digital ATV. Mel designed and built one of the first all-digital ATV repeaters in the US for the St Louis metro area. Mel has provided many presentations on digital communications for over 20 years at the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conferences, Hamvention and Orlando's Hamcation. A retired electrical engineer with a background in telecommunications, Mel is now able to spend more time with his favorite mode, ATV!

Title: Getting Started in Terrestrial Amateur TV (DAT)
Saturday, 10:00am, Pleasanton/Danville

As an early adopter of DATV, Mel will share his experiences and expertise with his audience showing how they may get on the air sending and receiving high definition video on the 70cm and up bands. Both hardware and software will be covered including a homebrew interface to control readily available transmitters and receivers. His PowerPoint presentation will include off-the-air recordings with mpeg audio. These recordings will demonstrate the mode's capability to provide high quality, full motion video for both fixed and mobile operations.

Tim Wilkinson KN6PLV

Title: AREDN Community Meetup
Saturday, 5:00pm, Pleasanton/Danville

An opportunity for people interested in AREDN to meet and talk about the latest with AREDN and plans for next year.