IMS2020 will be hosting a ham radio social event in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday June 23 at 19:00. All radio amateurs and other interested IMS attendees are cordially invited. The keynote speaker will be the VP of Engineering of the AMSAT Amateur Radio Satellite Organization, Jerry Buxton (call sign N0JY)!
AMSAT is a worldwide group of hams that was formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization. For over 50 years AMSAT groups in North America and elsewhere have played a key role in significantly advancing the state of the art in space science, space education, and space technology. Jerry will be presenting the current and future technology trends in the exciting area of amateur radio satellite communications.
The Los Angeles, California location for IMS2020 has special significance for amateur radio. Located in the Port of Los Angeles, the RMS Queen Mary with her restored wireless room and fully equipped amateur radio station W6RO is reminiscent of the humble beginnings of amateur radio. Established in 1979, it was the first permanent amateur radio station to be installed aboard a museum ship. The station is staffed daily and guests may earn an operator’s certificate from W6RO.
Near the iconic Hollywood sign on Mount Lee holds significance in amateur radio history as being the site of the first fully-automated amateur repeater. Created in the 1950’s by broadcast engineer Art Gentry, W6MEP, the K6MYK repeater operated AM on 2 meters and covered the highly populated area, greatly increasing connectivity between hams in the Los Angeles area and helped spur widespread use of repeaters throughout the country.
Today, hams are using the latest digital modes and SDR software defined radio technology in addition to traditional CW, AM phone, SSB, FM, satellite, moon-bounce, and other radio techniques.
The event will also host the local San Bernardino Microwave Society! SBMS is a non-profit technical organization that is dedicated to the advancement of communications above 1GHz. The club will be demoing some of their amazing microwave equipment and projects that you don’t want to miss!
Participate in a fun and exciting Morse Code competition where contestants compete for who can copy the code with the most accuracy! Appetizers and refreshments will also be provided!
We look forward to seeing you at our exciting event in Los Angeles where you will view live radio and project demos, learn about the latest advances in the Ham community, and network and connect with other Hams from across the world!