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racketeers to Meet in GaAs Valley

By now, "packeteer" is a household word, but what is "GaAs Valley"? The electronics trade journals are predicting that "Silicon Valley" will become GaAs Valley any day now. It's nice to be out in front of the pack on technological change, so let's assume that the name change occurs before March 30. That is the date for the Fourth ARRL Amateur Radio Computer Networking Conference being held in Moscone Convention Center, in downtown San Francisco. The Conference is co-sponsored by the ARRL and the Pacific Packet Radio Society in conjunction with the Tenth West Coast Computer Faire, which runs from March 30 through April 2. The Faire has been the premier computer-industry trade show, and this one will be jam-packed with sessions and exhibits on personal computing.

To preregister, send a $20 check payable to H. Magnuski and an s.a.s.e. to be received by Hank no later than March 16. Hank's address is 311 Stanford Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025, tel. 415-854-1927. The $20 covers the $15 4-day Faire preregistration and a copy of the ARRL computer-networking conference proceedings. Registration at the door will be $15 for 4 days, $12 for only one day. Registration for the Faire will also admit you without extra charge to the computer-networking conference. However, copies of the proceedings will also be sold for $10.

The conference will run from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. on March 30. Papers will be presented by Pete Eaton, WB9FLW, Phil Karn,"KA9Q, Steve Goode, K9NG, Joel Kandell, KI4T, Bob Richardson, W4UCH, Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, and others.

Some packeteers have rooms at the Hotel Union Square, 114 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, tel. 415-397-3000. From SFO, take the Airporter Bus (about $6) to the downtown terminal. The hotel is 2 blocks away from the terminal and 3 blocks from the Moscone Center. Prices are in the $60-70 range. A group rate may still be possible if you book through Hank Magnuski immediately.

Eleventh Annual Eastern VHF/OHP Conference

The 11th Annual Eastern VHF/UHF Conference will be held May 17-19, 1985 at Rivier College, Nashua, NH. The program features a Friday night hospitality, technical talks by well-known VHFers on Saturday, discussions on various VHF/UHF bands, noise-figure measurements and antenna-gain tests.

To preregister, send $13.50 to David Knight, KA1DT, 15 Oakdale Ave., Nashua, NH 03062 before May 5. Registration at the door is $20.00. The Saturday night banquet is $14.00, also payable before May 5.

Dormatory rooms will be available at the college. The fee of $16.50 per night (single), $28.00 (double), includes a buffet breakfast. Those wishing dormatory accommodations must include payment at the time of preregistration. Make all checks payable to "Eastern VHF/UHF Conference." For those wishing to make their own housing arrangements, there are numerous hotels and motels nearby.

For more information, contact:

Lewis D. Collins, W1GXT 10 Marshall Terrace Wayland, MA 01778 617-358-2854 (6-10 P.M.)

Are You into SH?

I mean "surface mounting." ARRL Hq lab engineer, Jonathan Towle, WB1DNL, is experimenting with surface-mounted construction techniques using extremely small PC boards and chip components. This technique may not be for the average amateur, but is suitable for experimenters needing to build very small devices or for VHF/microwave work where lead lengths are critical. Hybrid microelectronics using SM components was the topic of Pat Hawker's Technical Topics column in the March 1985 issue of RSGB's Radio Communication. Japan is gearing up for SM production. Any ideas? — W4RI

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