Seminar Schedule

The seminar schedule for the upcoming 2018 Yuma Hamfest & ARRL Southwestern Division Convention coming together. Please keep checking as this page is a work in progress.

Fine Arts Building
Time
Seminar/Speakers
Seminar Description
Friday Feb. 16

1:00pm-2:00pm
 

 
 SDR Architecture Comparsions
Friday
Feb. 16

2:20pm-3:20pm
Lightning

Tom Fagan (K7DF)
Tom will discuss Lightning behavior and how it affects amateur radio systems
Friday
Feb. 16

3:40pm-4:40pm
Grounding

Tom Fagan (K7DF)
Tom will go into details about how to properly ground your radio system to both reduce noise and to protect it against a lightning strike.
Saturday Feb. 17

9:00am-10:00am
Flex-Radio- Advances in SDR

Steve Hicks (N5AC)
This presentation will focus on the use of the FLEX-6000 series radios for contesting and DXing. Part of this leading SDR technology discussion will include recent enhancements in SmartSDR software, enhanced logger integration, SO2R, digital contesting, and remote control.
Saturday Feb. 17

10:20am-11:20am
New Technician Class EXAM Question Pool

Gordon West (WB6NOA)
Gordon will discuss the new updated questions for Technician Class Exam starting July 1, 2018. Instructors and "Elmers" are encouraged to attend. There will be free training handouts for all! Gordo will reveal the new "digital" slant on the new question pool .
Saturday Feb. 17

11:40am-12:40pm
Stealth Antennas

Tom Fagan (K7DF)
Are you in an HOA where you cannot put up an outside antenna? Or in an apartment or condo? A hidden antenna is the answer to what you need to get on the air.
Saturday Feb. 17

1:00pm-2:00pm
AREDN

Andre Hansen (K6AH)
Andre will discuss the success groups have had rolling out the AREDN technology across the ARRL Southwest Division. Today, this federated network spans seven Southern California counties and stands ready to have hams serve the emergency communications needs of governmental and private disaster-response agencies across a population base of over 18 million people.
Saturday Feb. 17

2:20pm-3:20pm
 

 
 Kit Building for Success
Saturday Feb. 17

3:40pm-5:00pm
ARRL Forum

Dick Norton (N6AA)
Dick Norton (N6AA), Director of the ARRL's SW Divison and other ARRL officers will lead the ARRL Forum. The forum is an opportunity for hams to find out about new developments within the ARRL, and to get questions answered by ARRL officers.


Newcomer Building
Time
Seminar/Speakers
Seminar Description
Friday
Feb. 16

1:00pm-2:00pm
How to Pass the Ham Exams

Rick Paquette (W7RAP)
An important presentation for first-timers planning on taking an amateur radio exam. It answers questions newcomers have about the exams and provides a study method that optimizes your success. It is particularly beneficial for non-technical or younger candidates. The material identifies common mistakes made in test sessions and ways to avoid them.
Friday
Feb. 16

2:20pm-3:20pm
 

 
 Andflmsg and Using Smarthphones
Friday
Feb. 16

3:40pm-4:40pm
 

 
 
Saturday Feb. 17

9:00am-10:00am
 

 
 Test Equipment and Ham Radio
Saturday Feb. 17

10:20am-11:20am
 

 
 Raspberry Pi and Arduino
Saturday Feb. 17

11:40am-12:40pm
ARES and Agency Relationships

Roozy Moabery (W1EH)
Roozy will discuss federal, state, and local agency relationships with ARES groups. Creating relationships working together to foster trust and productive synergies
Saturday Feb. 17

1:00pm-2:00pm
 

 
 Ham Radio Apps for Windows and Linux
Saturday Feb. 17

2:20pm-3:20pm
Intro to DMR and Hotspots

Michael Rickey (AF6FB)
 The first part of the discussion will talk about the basics about DMR, or Digital Mobile Radio. This section will cover elements of the protocol that make DMR different from others, terminology unique to DMR, and available equipment.

The second part of the discussion will talk about hotspots like the ZUMspot and the OpenSpot, as well as the Pi-Star software used on both hotspots and repeaters. These hotspots can be used for other digital protocols as well, for example D-STAR, Fusion, and P25.

During the session there will be a ZUMspot and an MMDVM-based portable repeater on display in the room.

●To try the ZUMspot, program your radios for 435.000 (simplex) color code 1.
●To try the Repeater, program your radios for 445.420- color code 1. This repeater will also be active in the PAPA booth at other times during the hamfest.
●The Arizona/3104 and SoCal/31066 talkgroups will be static on both machines. You can use other talkgroups as well.

Bring your questions, radios, and your zest for learning.
Saturday Feb. 17

3:40pm-4:40pm
 

 
 


Hospitality Area
Theater Building
Time
Seminar/Speakers
Seminar Description
Saturday Feb. 17

11:00am-11:45am
Making Pineneedle Baskets & Gourd Art

Mona McIlvenna

 
 Local artist Mona McIlvenna shares tips on material sources and construction of beautiful pineneedle baskets. She also does gourd art and will discuss preparation, woodburning and painting techniques for that craft that work for her.
Saturday Feb. 17

1:00pm-1:45pm
Container Gardening for the Southwest

Mary Thode & Moy Hernandez

 
 Mary is a Master Gardener with extensive experience in SW horticulture. Moy is the senior buyer for Lowe’s Garden Center. Join them for how-to info on best practices for successful container gardens in our part of the country. Hand outs provided. Plants courtesy Lowe's.
Saturday Feb. 17

2:30pm-3:15pm
Essential Oils & Better Living

Amy Richardson

 
 Amy operates Essential Living SW and is a wellness advocate for DoTerra essential oils products in Yuma. She will talk about living longer and better with the health benefits of distilled oils. This is a fascinating topic which has both beauty and health applications.
Saturday Feb. 17

4:00pm-4:30pm
Olsen's Tasting Event

Bryanne Olsen
Carol Underhill

 
 Join Bryanne & Carol for the inside story of Olsen's Marketplace's famous Kammann sausage. They will share favorite recipes for the local sausage & Carol Underhill will tempt you with hot of the grill tasty samples.