23. February 2013 10:52
So I discovered a small oops on my part. I cloned the location of last years conference in all the materials, completely forgoting that we had moved back to the location we used in 2010. I've just about finished updating all the online materials and will next start sending out correction e-mails. I know that no matter hard I try, someone will go to the wrong lcoation.....
18. January 2013 05:37
I'm both way ahead of schedule and way behind schedule at the moment for the MHDC 2013. We have date and the conference space is all booked, I've even got more speakers then we have time for at the moment. But I haven't started on registrations or advertising and both of those are super important. So this weekend I'm writing the different webpages we need, putting out the list of speakers and getting the registration page set up.
29. October 2012 17:34
I officially announced the date! Small things to kick off the conference next year. I'm really happy that we have already got a full line up of speakers and a theme for this years conference. The conference this year is going to focused on digital communications and Amateur radio networking. I can't wait to start rolling out some of the details!
So please mark you calenders, the conference will be on March 23, 2013!
19. February 2012 13:18
I've been a more then a little behind on different conference activities, but for the most part things are coming together. I posted a nearly complete list of speakers and topics to the main website tonight. There is one slot not filled, but not because I don't have content. Rather I have to much content and I'm trying to make the best things fit.
Current list of topics and speakers.
14. January 2012 17:00
This evening I finished the last item, which I considered critical, before starting the big registration push. For the most part I have been taking care of little details, like writing up directions to the conference and getting the final pricing for the conference worked out. But enough of that is done, so I can move forward.
Our ARRL sanction approval should be completed this weekend, Director Fenstermaker approved it weeks ago, but we have been waiting for the Executive Committee's approval. I'm guessing with the ARRL board meeting this weekend, I'll be getting an e-mail sometime next week. It sucks that we missed the deadline for having the conference in the March issue of QST, but that was completely my fault for not getting the paperwork submitted earlier.
I've got about 2/3rd of the agenda mapped out and as I get the final confirmations from the various speakers, I'll start posting details here. But so far I'm very happy with the line up.
More to come....
5. September 2011 14:35
So I spent a couple hours this long holiday weekend updating the MicroHAMS website and creating a new landing page for the MicroHAMS Digital Conference. I've wanted to pull everything together into a single place for a long time, but finally got it done tonight. There is a huge amount of content which is spread all over the place which would be great to centralize. Now that we have a landing page, glueing on the other stuff should be easy.
On the MHDC front, we have two big things happen recently. The most important is that we have a date! Yep, we are back on our normal schedule and the 2012 conference will be March 31st. What isn't always obvious is how much help I get from people and one of the biggest things is getting the facilities for the conference. Big THANK YOU to Josh - K7JSH for getting that taken care off!
The second big thing is getting the first speaker lined up, which almost happen by accident. I won't announce who it is yet, but he is now a veteran for the MHDC and always gives an amazing talk. If you know of anybody who'd be a good choice or you have a topic that you'd like to hear about, drop me a note.
27. April 2011 11:55
Just a quick update to say the MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2012 is starting to get kicked off. We should have a date confirmed within a couple weeks and I'm going to start putting together a list of speakers / topics list. I'm taking off to Dayton in a couple weeks, so I'm sure lots of ideas will come up while wondering the halls.
We'd like to try some new things this year, like having speakers who can't physically make it speak via Skype. More and more conferences are starting to-do this and I think it would be interesting.
So if you have any ideas or want to help, send me a note!
28. August 2010 09:05
I've been working on the one part of this conference which I truely hate, processing registrations. I have put it off way longer then I should have and now am having to plow through about 80 of them all at once. I have finally finished the first pass, which includes matching up payments via PayPal with registrations, this takes a while but isn't difficult. Now I'm left with the stuff which doesn't match up, so I've got to send e-mails to about half a dozen people that registerested but I don't have any payment. I only ended up with one payment that I can't match to a registration, which is nice.
So if you've registered and never heard anything, I'm sorry. When you see me at the conference you can give me a bad time about it. Otherwise you should be getting an e-mail from me in the next 12 hours. If you registered and didn't manage to get PayPal to work, I'll be calling on you as well.
On my to-do list for this winter is a new registration page, which will automate as much of this workflow as I can figure out howto make happen. I've been looking for a project to try our Ruby on Rails and I think this is perfect. If you are interested in helping out, drop me a note.
10. April 2010 15:10
Just a couple random updates, since I don't really have enough for a full blow entry.
1) Registration is live and we are seeing a steady trickle of people signing up. Its early with the conference being over six months away, but it really nice to see the one or two registration e-mails flow in during each day.
2) We have three REALLY great leads on speakers already. Lyle Johnson-KK7P, Dan Smith-KK7DS and Jeremy McDermond-NH6Z are all serious maybe's right now. (meaning they want to come and as we get closer they will confirm their schedules) This is REALLY great for this stage of the game, I know all three will be kick ass speakers.
3) Our ARRL sponsorship has been submitted, so hopefully this will get approved in the next 30 days. Now we need to figure out who to ask from the league to come out and attend. (Steve Ford was great last year, but I know he has family committemnts which prevent him from traveling during the fall) I'll poke around at the ARRL booth during Dayton next month....