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Adam Shephard Room
9:00am - 9:45am VOTA Operations

     Presented by Mark Steven Williams, K9GX
    Volunteers On The Air.

10:00am - 10:45am Summits On The Air

     Presented by Michael Whitman, N4DCW

     Have you heard of Summits On The Air? SOTA encourages portable amateur radio operation from qualifying summits. There are over 200 summits here in Kentucky, and all seven states bordering KY contain SOTA summits!
    There are three ways to be involved: Activating, Chasing, and SWLing. Those who operate on a summit are activators; chasers are those who contact the activators; Short Wave Listeners (SWL) participate by listening for these two-way contacts – SWLers don’t have to have a license and its a great way to introduce people to the hobby. Points are awarded based on the elevation of the summit – do you have what it takes to become a Mountain Goat (1,000 activator points) or a Shack Sloth (1,000 chaser points)?
    Sound like fun? You can find out more at the SOTA booth and begin a whole new experience combining outdoor fun and ham radio!
    Michael Whitman, N4DCW, is the SOTA Association Manager for W4K – Kentucky. His main amateur radio focus is portable QRP stations, and when he’s not out climbing SOTA summits he chases SOTA activators from his home office. In 2022, Michael earned the AMSAT Gridmaster Award using a portable QRP station to make contacts with all 488 VUCC grids in the contiguous US using LEO amateur satellites. Michael lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and daughter.

11:00am - 11:45am ARRL Forum

     Presented by ARRL Representatives

     Join representatives from the ARRL on news and support to the ham community.

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