Forums: 2 Educational Tracks

Track 1. “Emergency Communications”. 

        Track 2. “Amateur Radio for New Hams”

*Saturday Forums

Time Location Topic Presenter
9:00 AM EMCOMM Room ARRL Georgia State Convention Welcome & Message from Southeastern Division Director and Georgia Section Manager.  Greg Sarratt W4OZK & David Benoist AG4ZR
9:00 AM NEW HAM Room “Trees Are Your Wire Antennas Best Friend” Kevin Scott, K4GTR
10:00 AM NEW HAM Room “Advice For New Hams” David Anderson, K4GUP
10:00 AM EMCOMM Room

Georgia ARES Hospital Net

Bret Smith, W4HBS
11:00 AM NEW HAM Room “Lessons Learned from Bahamas Disaster Relief” James Lea, WX4TV
11:00 AM EMCOMM Room Power for Emergency Communications Hal Collier, W4IGE
12:00 PM NEW HAM Room GMRS   Justin Byerley, KN4HYN
12:00 PM EMCOMM Room

Introduction to DMR and Best Practices for DMR users

Ken Bryant, K1DMR
1:00 PM NEW HAM Room Congratulations On Being New Ham (via Skype)  Josh Nass, KI6NAZ
1:00 PM Emcomm Room “Activities of the American Red Cross and How Amateur Radio Helps,”

David Abrohams, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager & Wayne Robertson, K4WK

2 PM


2 PM

New Ham Room

Emcom Room

“Satellite Radio for New Hams”


“AUXC-Auxiliary Communications”

John Kludt, K4SQC & Daryl Young, K4RGK



*Sunday Forums

9:00 AM New Ham Room “Repeaters and How to Talk on Them” Steven Sider, KG4PTO
10:00 AM NEW HAM Room “Last Man Standing Presentation” Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH. Amy Woodrick, KE4IKF and John Davis, WB4QDX
10:00 AM EMCOMM Room UGA Football Red Cross communications Support Bob Herrin, KE4JLL
11:00 AM NEW HAM Room “Choosing Your First Radio” Bill Perkins, KB4KFT
 12:00 PM Prize Area near Ticket Barrel  Personal Go-Kit For Emergency Communications Contest
You can read more about the Go-box contest here.
 Greg Sarratt W4OZK, Mike Smith, KK4KHS
12:00 PM   Go Kit Contest Finals Announced.   Greg Sarratt W4OZK, Mike Smith, KK4KHS
TBA TBA “The Islands on the Air from Florida” Fath Hanna Lea, AE4FH, Hope Lea, KM4IPF & James Lea, WX4TV

On-going Activities on both Saturday and Sunday. In the area directly in front of the Main Exhibit Hall

  • ON-SITE DMR Repeater Station  ,K1DMR, 443.0375+, CC 15, K4USD Network
  • AMSAT – Dr. John Kludt/K4SQC & Daryl Young K4RGK along with the NFARL mobile tower.
  • The Stone Mountain HamFest AMSAT Challenge
  • Gwinnett ARES Trailer Mobile Communications Center(and Talk-in for HamFest) 

 *Some of these Forums will be changed and updated in the coming days. Thank you for your patience.