2013 Sea-Pac convention includes
numerous exhibitors of new
equipment as well as flea market tables
where you can find lots of bargains on parts and vintage gear or perhaps
sell some of your old equipment. If
you don't want to set up a table, you can also sell equipment on consignment
through the RAGS Country Store.
As usual, there will be a full slate of Seminars
on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Workshop
on Friday. If you're looking to upgrade your license, VE
testing will be available on Saturday morning, but you need
evening, there is a Banquet Dinner
which is a great opportunity to get to know some HAMS that you may not
have met before, or maybe have only met on the air. The guest speaker
for this year's banquet will be Jack
Crabtree, W7JLC. Jack will be speaking about Amateur
The dinner banquet is also where we announce the winner of the annual
Mickley Scholarship Award. Applications for this scholarship
are due by March 31, 2013. Qualification
criteria and application materials are available at http://www.otvarc.org/scholarship/index.html.
On Saturday, there are also special
luncheons for DX and YLRL.
Throughout the weekend, there will be hourly
award drawings as well as special drawings with major
awards. Those who register
by April 15, 2013 will also be eligible for
a special Early Bird Award Drawing.
The STARS/SEARC clubs
will again be presenting their Spaghetti
Feed fund raiser on Friday evening, so be sure to arrive
early and hungry. There is always
lots to see and do in Seaside, so leave some extra time to explore the
town and enjoy the beach. See you there...
Randy, K7AGE, has made 4 short videos of last
year’s convention available.
I attended the SEA-PAC Convention,
last year, June 2, 2012 in Seaside Or.
I have been attending this hamfest for several years. They really put
on a very nice hamfest and it is well attended. Seaside is a resort town
on the Pacific coast in northern Oregon. So besides the hamfest, there
are loads of tourist activities to keep you busy.
My SEA-PAC videos are posted in four parts. I spent time interviewing
the various manufacturers talking about their new introductions announced
at the Dayton Hamvention hamfest and other interesting bits.
Part 1 - Introduction, views of the hamfest, bits from the forums of Chris
W6HFP and Budd W3FF of Buddipole and Chip K7JA from CQ Magazine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuNkK_PpVXk
Part 2 - Interviews with, Ray N9JA and David KE7ETX. Ray of Icom talks
about Icom’s involvement with the Boy Scouts. David of AMP-3 is
very active in posting videos on youtube, sells first aid kits and radio
Part 3 - Interviews with Greg AB7R, Phil N4DRO and Jim AF6PU. Greg is
an Elecraft volunteer and talks about his experiences with the new Elecraft
KX3. Phil from Kenwood describes Kenwood’s new TS-990 HF transceiver
introduced at Dayton. Jim is from Elk Antennas, they sell some very interesting
small V/UHF beams that are useful for portable and satellite work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkFuNk98xuA
Part 4 – Interviews with Greg K5GJ and Dennis K7BV. Greg is with
Flex Radio. At Dayton Flex introduced a new family of SDR HD transceivers
with loads of new interesting technology and features. Dennis of Yaesu
also describes Yaesu’s Dayton introduction of their new FTDX3000
HF transceiver and FT1D digital and analog HT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek88Vu2ggwY
To make your viewing easier, all videos are less than 15 minutes long.
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your friends to watch my videos.