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FW: [PNWVHFS] Update on MicroHAMS Digital Conference2008 - March 22, 2008



For those interested. This came through my inbox.

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73 Bob W7LRD 
AMSAT member 28498 
Seattle

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From: "Kenny Richards" <richark@gmail.com> 
To: PNWVHFS@googlegroups.com 
Subject: [PNWVHFS] Update on MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2008 - March 22, 2008 
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 04:42:18 +0000 

The MicroHAMS Digital Conference is almost a month from now, so I wanted to send out a reminder and some updates about the conference.  I've attached the full announcement (please forward to any mailing list which seems appropreate) at the bottom of this e-mail.  The announcement and online registration are also available on the MicroHAMS website: http://www.microhams.com.

Updates: 

1.  I have finalized the list of speakers and topics for the conference.  A full agenda for the day is included in the announcement at the bottom of this e-mail.  I'm very excite about the talks this year, there is something in there for everybody and just some really cool topics are going to be covered.

2. The location of the conference has been finalized.  We will be in Building 122 on the Microsoft Campus.  This building is actually on the West side of Hwy 520, but is still in the general area of the main campus.  If you have no idea what Building 122 means, don't worry.  I'll have full directions, GPS coordinates and a map posted in a couple days to the website.

3. We had a small technical problem with the online registration page for the first couple days it was available.  If you were using the Firefox browser and went through the registration process, you were never directed to the page with the Paypal link for paying the registration fee.  This was fixed and I contacted everybody who appeared to have gotten caught by the bug.  

My final note is just a request to please register via the online form if your planning on attending.  This is really important so I can get the food order right and it will really speed up the sign-in process Saturday morning if everybody is already pre-registered.

I hope to see you all next month!

73,
Kenny, KU7M



MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2008 
Announcement
Announcing the second annual MicroHAMS Digital Conference! The event will be held this year on the main Microsoft campus located in Redmond, WA on March 22nd, 2008. The agenda this year will include a wide variety of topics around digital communications and Amateur radio. Because of the huge success of last year's event, we have added 50% more seating for this year's event. Lunch and snacks are included with the price of the conference and we'll have free Internet access. 
Because of space limitations and parking requirements on the Microsoft campus, we are strongly suggesting pre-registering for the event. Registration is $12.00 if done prior to the event and will be $15.00 at the door. We have a web-based sign-up form (details below) and have arranged pre-payment via the Paypal service. (No Paypal account is necessary)
Event Details 
Date/Time:March 22, 2008  09:00 to 17:00
Location:Redmond, WA (Building 122 on the Microsoft Corporate Campus)
Lunch:Sub sandwiches and snacks (included with registration fee)
After Event:Pizza Gathering (local pizza place to be named later)
Cost:$12.00 if pre-paid or $15.00 at the door (To cover the cost of hosting the event and lunch)
Door Prizes:Donations from Icom, MicroHAMS, etc
Registration:http://www.microhams.com/digitalconference 




Agenda
TimePresenterTitle Description
9:00AMN8GNJ / Steve StrohAmateur Radio Networking An overview of Amateur Packet Radio Networking 3.0. 1.0 was the original Packet Radio, Net/ROM networking, BBS, etc. 2.0 was TCP/IP, APRS and other follow-ons to Packet Radio. 
10:00AMKK7UQ / Clint HurdMoving away from RS232 devices to the world of USB!Use a single USB cable to connect to an integrated sound card, CW and RTTY interface - and get improved performance at the same time. 
11:00AMKE7DEN / Dennis HardingMicrosoft .Net and Mapping API for Hams,- an introductionMicrosoft provides several .Net API for device communications and mapping of data. This talk will focus on .Net API that can be used for local and remote control of serial devices, and the mapping of data using the MapPoint and Virtual Earth API. Example application showing the use of the API will be provided to enable participants to develop their own applications using free development tools from Microsoft.
NOONLunchSandwiches, Chips and PopTurkey, Ham, Roast Beef and Veggie
1:30PMKK7P / Lyle JohnsonPSK31 Without a ComputerOpen source solution being sponsor by the AmQRP group, to build a DSP based hardware modem. Also a look at the Elecraft K3 internal CW -> PSK31 function.
2:30PMN7SS / Scott HonakerGetting online with DSTARUsing DSTAR and some of the latest DSTAR tools
3:30PMKC7IGT / Miguel MayorgaRemote Station Operation via the Internet

Leveraging the internet to operate your home rig from anywhere. A look at the system integration required for enabling a operating your home rig via the internet and the how much fun a remote setup can be.
4:30PMN0AX / Ward SilverModulations, Protocols and Modes - Oh My!

The talk would cover these basic differences between modulation, protocol and a mode; give a review of what a "stack" is, and present specific instances as illustrations. The goal is to
equip hams to be better able to discuss digital communications.




Registration Details 
Due to the requirements for hosting the event on the Microsoft campus, we are required to register all the vehicles that will be parked on the campus. To make the registration process easier this year, we have a web-based registration form available at http://www.microhams.com/digitalconference.  You will be able to register for the conference, provide your vehicle information and pre-pay via the MicroHAMS website. On site registration will be available if space is available for the $15 at the door fee.
Hope to see you at this year MicroHAMS Digital Conference. 
73,
Kenny, KU7M
ku7mradio@gmail.com 


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