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The Symposium is a FREE event, Friday January 24th starting at 8 a.m. If you are planning on attending, we ask that you register in our store.
We also invite you to join us at the DX & ARRL Banquet on Friday night featuring Craig Thompson (K9CT) discussing the Pitcarin DXpedition and Howard Michel (WB2ITX) ARRL CEO for a night of presentations and discussion.
Forums Schedule for Friday January 24th
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m – A High Performance SDR Receiver for the Ham – Robert A Nickels (W9RAN)
9:45 a.m – 11:15 a.m – HF Receiver Performance – Rob Sherwood (NC0B)
11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m. – Understanding of Human Speech Articulation – Dr. Bob Heil (K9EID)
12:30 p.m – 1:15 p.m – The Collins S-2 Line History & Evolution – Dave Beckler (N0SAP)
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Wes Schum (W9DYV) and Central Electronics – Nick Tusa (K5EF)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Drake T4XC: Low Power Output & Why – David Assaf (W5XU)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – ARRL, AM & the Story of the Gates BC-IT – Bob Allison (WB1GCM)
3:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. – Vintage Radio & Homebrewing Adventures – Lynn Fisk (K5LYN)
Wes Schum W9DYV History
The Symposium was formed to honor Wes Schum (W9DYV), amateur radio’s key advocate of the then-new technology, single sideband. Wes’ ground-breaking ideas culminated in the Central Electronics 100V transmitter and he introduced single sideband to amateur radio in a very big way in 1951 with his Model 10A sideband exciter. He continued to develop single sideband through his company’s eventual ownership by Zenith Radio, Inc.
Initially, a group of Central Electronics enthusiast decided the time had come to try a true boat anchor field day, with Wes Schum as the guest of honor/celebrity roastee. Thus, the first Boatanchor Field Day was born in Jonesborough, Tennessee – June, 2013. Later, and with two vintage field days under our belts, the group next sought to include technical SSB workshops into a Field Day setting and with it the encouragement of homebrewing and documenting the history of the many wonderful and colorful amateur radio manufacturers of the 1950s-60s. Wes always encouraged learning and creativity in the amateur’s workshop, thus the W9DYV Radio Symposium was born.
Today, the Symposium is taking an exciting step forward by holding its event in the New Orleans area and now at Winterfest 2020, to facilitate access to the forums without having our attendees travel more than a day’s driving distance. It is important for the Symposium to be affiliated with a hamfest/flea market as its target audience is for those who are: A) Interested in the history of amateur radio and its innovative technology; B) would like to get more involved in the restoration and collection of vintage equipment and to preserve our heritage; C) are looking for encouragement to homebrew and experiment; D) are interested in hearing ideas that can improve every ham’s HF operating experience. Besides, … what Ham can resist a good radio boneyard?!
While the Symposium’s forum admission is free to anyone, this event relies on attendee and private company donations to cover its production costs. Those who have attended have been enthusiastic supporters as the forums presented are always first-rate and are provided by experts in their chosen area of the hobby.