Amateur Radio Social Event at Boston IEEE International Microwave Symposium, June 4 6:30pm

Jeffrey Saunders, AB1ZL, writes:

The IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is being held the 1st week of June at the BCEC, and a key event is the ham radio social at 6:30 pm in the Weston Hotel Ballroom adjacent to the BCEC.

Our keynote speaker will be the new ARRL CEO Howard Michel.
Note that this Tuesday evening social event is separate and distinct from the ham radio booth on the exhibit floor. [Ed. note: see] 
Prior to Howard’s speech, we would like to have several ham radio demos/displays setup around the ballroom perimeter….and because HF radio reception in the ballroom is non-existent I am asking you and your HR clubs for volunteers to demonstrate internet related HR QSOs, e.g. FT8 or hotspots or JT-65 or other modes that will impress the many worldwide microwave engineers attending the conference but not knowledgeable of ham radio.
Attached is the recent IEEE magazine article announcing the event.
Please note we have room for about half a dozen tables, so early bird gets the prize.
Use this opportunity to create more interest in our hobby, create more hams, and publicize your group in front of our ARRL CEO and international community of microwave engineers.
If interested in bringing your HT/hotspot/RaspberryPi/SDR, or if you have a small Cubesat or other device that you can carry at ease from the convention parking lot into the ballroom, please email me.  The only alternative I can think of is to just have posters on easels showing rigs and antennas and the like.
Thanks and 73,
Jeffrey Saunders, AB1ZL <>

ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

VE2JBP/W1 operating N1P at IEEE AP-S Symposium in Boston
Robert Paknys, VE2JBP/W1 checks out 20m SSB from special event station N1P at the 2018 IEEE AP-S Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts


ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event demonstration station, N1P, and more than a dozen volunteers staffed the ARRL exhibit.

“We had a very attractive booth in a great location,” said ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers and scientists in the fields of antennas and propagation who attended from all over the world stopped by the ARRL table to see and learn about Amateur Radio.”

Temples said ARRL Headquarters provided supplies for the booth as well as display copies of publications, “which doubled as door prizes for drawings,” he added. Complementing volunteers from the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section were radio amateurs attending the conference who donated their time between talks and seminars to assist with the booth and greet fellow attendees.

“It was clear to me that our presence at the symposium meant a great deal to the IEEE AP-S/URSI leadership,” Temples said. “It’s difficult to have a ‘live’ Amateur Radio station in an exhibit area of a major hotel, so we were indeed fortunate to have access to one of the premiere contesting stations in New England through a remote internet HF setup, courtesy of Yankee Clipper Contest Club member Greg Cronin, W1KM.” Temples said YCCC president Dennis Egan, W1UE, supplied an Elecraft K3 to use on site.

In addition, ARRL Volunteer Examiners conducted separate Amateur Radio licensing exam sessions over two days at the conference thanks to the efforts of the Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Group and Lou Harris, N1UEC. More than a dozen attendees took advantage.

“The IEEE AP-S/URSI hams who will organize next year’s event hope to secure the call sign N4P and recruit local volunteers when the symposium moves to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2019,” Temples said. He expressed gratitude to Dave Michelson, VA7DM, an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia and who chaired the IEEE’s AP-S/URSI Joint Meetings Committee, for his help in coordinating the Amateur Radio display. “Thanks also go to San Diego Section Manager Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, who advised us following the 2017 ham radio effort.”


[Additional photos can be viewed on the Eastern MA ARRL Facebook page, at:]


HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018 Seeks Volunteers, July 9-12, 2018

IEEE AP 2018 Conference logoVolunteer form:   HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018

The Eastern MA ARRL field organization has been requested to provide an Amateur Radio presence at the IEEE AP-S/URSI Symposium in Boston, July 9-12, 2018 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District.

Address: 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 532-4600

Amateurs will outfit and staff a booth in the trade show area of the conference, where “conference attendees can ask questions about how to get involved in ham radio, either as a hobby or as a vehicle for student learning,” according to David Michelson, VA7DM, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Michelson chairs the IEEE’s AP-S/URSI Joint Meetings Committee.

In addition to a table, the IEEE leaders have requested Volunteer Exam sessions be conducted on the Conference site for attendees interested in obtaining their licenses. “The chances of conflicting with Committee meetings, technical sessions, etc. are very high, so we’re suggesting two exam sessions on different days might overcome that problem,” Michelson adds.

Last year’s IEEE conference was held  in San Diego, California.  It was a great success. The ham effort was coordinated by Michelle Thompson, W5NYV and ARRL San Diego Section Manager Dave Kaltenborn, N8KBC.

The 2018 preliminary Exhibitor Schedule is as follows:

Exhibitor Move-in:
13:00 – 18:00 Monday, July 9

Exhibit Floor Opens:
09:00 – 18:00 Tuesday, July 10

09:00 – 18:00 Wednesday, July 11

09:00 – 18:00 Thursday, July 12

Exhibitor Move-out:
18:00 – 21:00 Thursday, July 12

Although the conference site is well-served by public transportation, event coordinators are exploring the possibility of complementary (or reduced) parking rates for volunteers. In addition, a pre-conference breakfast is also possible.

We are seeking amateurs to help with:

  • coordination
  • publicity
  • table setup
  • staffing table
  • volunteer exams
  • table tear down

If you,  your radio club, or VE team would like to be involved in this high-profile event, please register at:

HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018

or contact






July 8, 2018 (Dave Michelson):


1. Parking for VEs and Booth Staff will be covered by the conference if you
self-park at the Westin Waterfront Boston. When you arrive, the conference 
staff will provide you with a parking voucher card.


2. The Amateur Radio Breakfast will be held on Monday (tomorrow) morning
at 7 am in the Adams room on the Mezzanine level of the hotel.  We will have
the badges for everyone on Phil’s booth and VE list there.  If you don’t
pick up your badge then, we will return them to Conference Registration 
in the Commonwealth Foyer on the Concourse Level next to the Grand Ballroom
where you can pick them up when you arrive for booth or VE duty.




3. There is, of course, no registration fee!


Thanks again for helping to raise the profile of Amateur Radio at this 
flagship IEEE conference.




May 20, 2018: Here is a link to ham radio publicity on the IEEE AP-S 2018 web site:




April 10, 2018: Per David Michelson’s request, we have applied for, and secured the special events call sign “N1P” for use at the conference.




March 26, 2018: Dennis Egan, W1UE has generously offered to supply us with equipment with which to operate one or more HF remote bases for the event.




March 26, 2018: I’m pleased to announce N1UEC and the Eastern MA Amateur Radio Group in Canton has volunteered to host two separate volunteer exam sessions on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.  Volunteers from the New England Amateur Radio, Inc. will participate in the Thursday afternoon session.