[CQ-Contest] Austin Summerfest DX & Contest Forum

Kenneth E. Harker kenharker at kenharker.com
Tue Jun 7 15:22:43 EDT 2005

     Mark this on your calendar now...

Austin Summerfest DX and Contest Forum Program Announcement

     The Central Texas DX & Contest Club (CTDXCC) is proud to be the 
continuing sponsor of the DX and Contest Forum at Austin Summerfest. 
The 2005 Austin Summerfest is August 5th and 6th, at the Red Lion 
Hotel, 6121 North IH-35 (@ US 290 East), Austin, Texas. The DX and 
Contest Forum is tentatively scheduled from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, 
with two program topics:

The VU4 DXPedition: Video and Presentation

     Charly Harpole K4VUD will premier some of his personal video 
     documentary of the 2004 VU4RBI/VU4NRO DXpedition to the Andaman & 
     Nicobar Islands at Summerfest 2005. A film studies professor at 
     the University of Central Florida, Charly was filming a documentary 
     of the first Amateur Radio operation from VU4 in over 17 years when 
     the second-largest ever-recorded earthquake struck the islands and 
     generated a tsunami that was among the deadliest natural disasters 
     in modern history. Charly and the team of radio operators on the 
     island all survived the catastrophe and the team immediately began 
     handling emergency traffic.  You may have seen Charly speak at other
     conventions, but at Summerfest, Charly will be debuting some of his 
     documentary video that has *never before been presented*.  You don't 
     want to miss this! [70 minutes]

Living Large on the Top Band

     John Battin K9DX has built one of the largest antenna systems ever 
     used for Amateur Radio communications. His nine-element vertical 
     array for 160 Meters covers 8 acres of land, and uses over a mile 
     of 1 5/8" hardline, a mile and a half of guy lines, and over 24 miles 
     of radial wires. An antenna this large could only have been designed 
     by Texan John Brosnahan W0UN/5, who is planning to build an 80 Meter 
     array much like this for himself in Bandera County.  Come hear K9DX 
     explain how this antenna is designed to work, how he built this 
     Texas-size antenna system on the Illinois plain, and learn about the
     challenges he faced in getting it to work up to its potential. If 
     you have a passion for antennas, you don't want to miss this 
     presentation! [50 minutes]

Austin Summerfest is supported by the Austin Amateur Radio Club and the 
Austin Repeater Organization.  This year, Austin Summerfest is also the 
ARRL Texas State Convention.  Advanced registration for Austin Summerfest 
is open through July 27.  For more information, see:


For more information about the Central Texas DX & Contest Club, and 
the DX and Contest Forum at Summerfest, see:


Austin is great place to visit, with many family-friendly activities 
including the Texas State History Museum, the Zilker Botanical Gardens, 
Barton Springs Pool, and the nightly emergence of as many as a million 
Mexican free-tail bats from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge 
downtown.  Austin is also the Live Music Capital of the World.  For 
more information on Austin as a tourist destination, see: 

Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
kenharker at kenharker.com

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