Atlanticon QRP Forum: March 30-31 in Timonium, MD

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From: George Heron N2APB (n2apb@erols.com)
Date: Sun Dec 31 2000 - 16:22:02 CST


Hi Friends -

The NJQRP Club is pleased once again to formally announce the "Atlanticon
QRP Forum" being held in Timonium, Maryland on March 30-31, 2001.

"Atlanticon" is a weekend gathering of QRPers on the eastern US seaboard,
and is once again being held on the same weekend as the Greater Baltimore
Hamboree and Computerfest at the Timonium Fairgrounds, on the north side of
Baltimore. We held our very first Atlanticon in Timonium two years ago,
then went to Philly for the second year's forum, and now we're back in
Timonium again by popular demand. It seems the large hamfest, which is also
host to the ARRL Maryland State Convention, is a big draw for QRPers on the
east coast.

Most seasoned QRPers know that the Atlanticon QRP Forum follows the standard
tradition of a Friday night arrival and hospitality hall for vendors and
attendees, a full suite of QRP seminars during Saturday morning and
afternoon, and a lavish Saturday evening bash where we have building
contests, a unique operating event, vendors tables again, and more
socializing.

SPEAKER SLATE
Typically about 150-200 QRPers show up for Atlanticon, and on Saturday get
treated to QRP seminar topics presented by acknowledged leaders and experts
in our hobby. We are very proud this year to have our speaker slate
comprised of
    Tony Fishpool, G4WIF Graham Firth G3MFJ
    Joe Everhart, N2CX Dave Benson, NN1G
    Jim Kortge, K8IQY Rich Arland K7SZ
    George Heron, N2APB

We have an additional, high-profile QRPer who hasn't yet confirmed, but we
sure hope he can make it as his expertise is far reaching in our community.
Plus, there's a strong possibility that a highly-visible QST-related ham
will be able to stop by for a few words about PSK31 with our QRP audience.
It's bound to be a great showing in the seminar room on Saturday!

THE ATLANTICON KIT
Last year we started a special activity called the "Atlanticon Kit". It was
a small bag of electronic components sent to all registered attendees such
that they could build it beforehand and bring it along for use and judging
during our building contest on Saturday evening. We've decided to make this
an annual event and our club elmers are right now putting the finishing
touches on this year's design. We'll announce the Atlanticon Kit very
shortly - it'll be a blast!

We have a hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday evenings where QRPers
gather to meet, chat about projects, show off their latest homebrew
projects, and see what new products the leading QRP vendors are showing.
This will be the third year that this major east coast QRP weekend will be
conducted ... typically, about 150 avid QRPers attend Atlanticon to listen
to brilliant technical presentations from leading experts in our QRP
community.

THE HOTEL
The Atlanticon QRP Forum is being held again at the Holiday Inn Select in
Timonium, MD. Located just off exit 16 of Interstate 83 North, this quality
hotel is only about 20 minutes from Baltimore-Washington International
airport (BWI). Reduced room rates have been arranged with the Holiday Inn
Select - just mention that you are with the "Atlanticon" group.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329), or
direct at 410-252-7373. See the hotel's information-packed website at
http://www.hiselectbaltimore.com

REGISTRATION
Admittance to Atlanticon is $10, collected either at the hotel that weekend,
or in advance by mail. Make checks payable to "George Heron, N2APB" and mail
to: George Heron, N2APB, 2419 Feather Mae Court, Forest Hill, MD 21050.
Further details and maps will be mailed to you as we draw closer. And of
course, your Atlanticon Kit will be provided then too!

OTHER EVENTS
The Atlanticon hotel is only a short distance from the very popular Greater
Baltimore Computerfest and Hamvention, being held the very same weekend! See
their website for complete details of the ham fun that weekend!
http://www.gbhc.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Atlanticon 2001 QRP Forum web pages at
http://www.njqrp.org/atlanticon for the very latest details on the QRP
weekend and associated special events. Details also appear in current
issues of QRP Homebrewer.

This fun filled, and now-traditional east coast QRP weekend is just around
the corner, so make your arrangements soon. Hotel rooms and flights will
tend to sell out as March draws closer, and the Atlanticon QRP weekend
should not be missed. See your QRP friends, win some fantastic door prizes,
take away a pretty cool Atlanticon Kit, and hear some fanstastic technical
presentations ... it couldn't be better!

72/73,
-- George Heron, N2APB
   n2apb@amsat.org
  for the NJQRP Club at http://www.njqrp.org


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