Winterfest presents 2 guest forum speakers this year.


Bob Heil (K9EID) - TBD

Sterling Coffey (N0SSC) - Promoting Ham Radio to Youth and Youth to Ham Radio 


Bob Heil (K9EID)

Bob will be speaking from 10 to 11:15am.


Bob Heil, theatre organist, teacher, lecturer, writer, sound engineer and entrepreneur.. At the early age of 14, Bobby began his theater organ career at various St. Louis restaurants.  At the age 15 Heil became the protegee of Stan Kann and the substitute organist at the St. Louis Fox Theater.

Young Bob also took a special interest in amateur radio and became licensed in 1956 as K9EID. Those two loves created his international sound reinforcement company, started originally in Marissa, Ill in 1966. Bob built large sound systems for major entertainers as The Who, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and The Billy Graham Crusades. 

As an author of six books, consultant, teacher and lecturer, Bob is in constant demand to teach home theater and audio technologies at various shows and conventions. He has also taught classes at George Lucas’ SkyWalker Ranch, CES Electronics shows in Las Vegas, Trebas Recording Institute in Toronto, Nashville’s Blackbird Academy  as well as a regular instructor at many ham radio meetings and the Dayton Amateur Radio convention.  Heil Sound, Ltd. in Fairview Heights Illinois is the largest manufacturer of microphones and audio products for the amateur radio industry with hundreds dealers around the globe. 

You can catch Bob on the Amateur Radio bands in many modes including “AM” in the latter hours of the evening conversing with his many friends he has made over the years. Bob has two daughters and a step son. Bob’s wife,  Sarah owns and runs the Southwestern Illinois assembly plant.  When he is not playing the Wurlitzer theater organ or climbing towers you can find Bob, (as Sarah says ) ‘inventing stuff’ . 


Sterling Coffey (N0SSC)

Sterling will be speaking from 11:30am to 12:45pm


Sterling is a 25 year old electrical engineer who has been an extra class ham since he was 16. He wrote columns for the ARRL as a Youth Editor and continues to work with the ARRL and other youth organizations to promote amateur radio to youth, schools, and colleges. He was a former president of the Missouri S&T Amateur Radio Club (W0EEE) where he graduated, and now works at Boeing in St Louis. Sterling was a part of the first US team selected to attend the Youngsters on the Air camp in Austria, and looks forward to using what he learned there to secure the future of amateur radio through youth.