Locked Three reasons that Ham Radio Old Timers Should come to the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Bill Craft

Dear SARC,


While the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo theme in March is “New Amateur license, now what?”  The upcoming Expo offers special opportunities to Old Timers, long time experienced and knowledgeable hams.  These opportunities include: presentations and demonstrations of new technologies and modes, a matchmaking system to extend a helping hand to a new ham, and a chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. 


New operating modes and technologies

Ham radio has never been more exciting and offered more varieties of ways to communicate than it does now at bargain prices compared to what was needed years ago.  You don’t need a 44 element two meter directional array and a thousand watts to bounce signals off of the moon.  Using the new digital modes, moon bounce communications can be made from modest stations. We will have over 30 riviteing presentations in our virtual auditorium with live questions and answers on many ham radio subjects, modes, and technology that may interest you.  Looking for a new direction? 


Be an Elmer and mentor

This will be the first time that we will use our new integrated Expo matchmaking system to match hams that need help getting started and getting on the air, with hams that have experience and want to extend a helping hand.  If you are Old Timer, then you may remember how important your first Elmers were to your ham radio success, getting on the air, and making it a lifetime hobby?  Your help and advice to a new ham can change a life and strengthen our ham radio hobby and community.


Reach out to old friends and make new ones

Our virtual Expo platform now has a new round-table lounge where we can create virtual tables by sponsor and subject.  You can see the subject of conversation and even the other hams sitting at the table before taking your own seat.  Join our ham radio discussions from your own comfortable ham shack, office, chair, or couch. 


So while we want the Expo to be an important first step and resource to new hams, we want old timers to know that they are needed to balance this ham radio educational opportunity with their experience and know-how.  You are needed to make this next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo a success. 


Please register to come to the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo by clicking here.  


The following is a list of presentations now registered at the Expo.  


Here are the riviteing presentations accepted so far:


  1. 20 Things I've Learned While Curating the Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications, with Kay Savetz K6KJN

  2. An Introduction and Overview of Ham Radio Digital Modes, with Jon Marler K4CHN

  3. Become a Magnet Club for Newcomers to Our Hobby, with Dave Jensen W7DGJ

  4. Can Learning Morse Code Be More Fun and Easier with Music? The MorseBass Project, with Lauren Speeth KK6NGE, Mike Padron N1CC

  5. CQ DX Marathon Program- A DX Program for Everybody, with Mark Wohlschlegel WC3W

  6. Creating a Radio Go-Kit That's Right for YOU, with Dan Lundwall N7XDL

  7. Creating Your first Ham Radio Workbench, with Joe Eisenberg K0NEB

  8. Getting Started in the CQ WAZ (Worked All Zones) Awards, with Jose Castillo N4BAA

  9. Having fun with activities on a geo-stationay satellite QO-100, with Baris Dinc OH2UDS / TA7W

  10. How Beginners can use the FT-8 Digital Mode with Success, with Desiree Baccus N3DEZ

  11. How to be a Successful Ham Operator With Cheaper Older Equipment, even in an HOA!, with David Christie WB5KFP

  12. How to beg, borrow, buy and operate an old fashioned Novice CW Rig for 80, 40, and 15, with Ed Mohrman WA7EM

  13. How to Build An AI-powered Transcription Bot for FM Transmissions, with Brian Callahan AD2BA

  14. How to Build and Operate a QRP Earth-Moon-Earth Radio Station, with William Keicher KC1HTT

  15. How To Build Simple Wire Antennas for 15M to 2M & 70cm., , with Robert Glorioso W1IS

  16. How to build the “Optimum” Magnetic Loop Antenna Using Unusual and Inexpensive Materials, with John Portune W6NBC

  17. How to Build The Radio Rocket, with Vance Martin N3VEM

  18. How to Build Your First Amateur Radio Station, with Tim Staley K5TGS

  19. How to Choose Coaxial Cable for Beginners, with Bob Witte K0NR

  20. How to Get More Hams On Air, with Ken Alan WU6I

  21. How to Install Ham Station Grounding and Lightning Protection, with Mark Persons W0MH

  22. How to Operate SOTA and POTA When Traveling Abroad, with Paul Mower VA6MPM, Peter Shmerko VE6FPV

  23. How to use the Open Source Repeater-START software to find the local repeaters in your area to get on the air, with Luke Bryan KJ7BKH

  24. HT's Across America - Updated, with Geoffrey MArk KM6TVJ

  25. Introduction to Ham Nets 101, with Jon Marler K4CHN

  26. Microwave Rain-Scatter Communications, An Introduction, with Gedas Vysniauskas W8BYA

  27. Opening Presentation - Technician License - What are the Possibilities, with Anthony Luscre K8ZT

  28. QRP Operating on the Microwave Bands - Frequencies, Equipment, and Propagation, with Thomas Henderson WD5AGO

  29. Satellite Tracking using Astronomy Telescope Mounts, with Dwayne Sinclair AB6A

  30. SDR Rover Kit: The Next Generation Setup for Amateur Radio Contesting, with Zhemin Zhang KD2TAI

  31. What is uSDX and how it got me on the air!, with Sajjad Golchin Poor EP6DSP

  32. What’s new with Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, with Randy Berger WA0D


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