Virtual Ham Expo

CWops will be attending the prestigious ‘QSO Today’ Ham Expo over the weekend of March 12-14th 2021 with its very own ‘virtual’ booth and lectures! Please support this opportunity to showcase our club by visiting and helping to man the booth and spread the word about CWops.

As this is a virtual event run across the internet it’s available to everyone at the click of a button and an advance registration fee of just $10. Our booth can be manned continuously from any time zone if we have the volunteers and will be a great way to illustrate the global nature of our membership. As well as interacting with the wider ham public and describing what we do it will be a chance to meet virtually and speak with fellow members. And then there are the talks by our very own W1UU and NM5M to look forward to.

Read on and watch out for further announcements and please consider helping out at the booth as we are looking forward to fielding plenty of questions from CW wannabes and potential members.

Stew Rolfe, GW0ETF
CWops President


Update   10 March  2021

Here is some updated information for CWops virtual booth at QSO Today that will be helpful to you and our Team that has set up our booth, and is now populating the necessary details! Six team members are authorized to enter the booth, so please let us finalize construction and the details we need to get ready in 3 days for the big event!

QSO Today Ham Expo March 13-14 2021

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED: Please go to the following website for more details of this event. You should register, and it only costs $10 for a weekend of fun and enjoyment! The event is being hosted inside an Amazon 3S system with Internet bandwidth galore! They do the heavy lifting! If you delay, the ticket price goes up. They want you to be an early registrant to allocate bandwidth on the Server system that hosts the site and our virtual booths.

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo (qsotodayhamexpo.com)

Our team of N5OT, W5LA, AC6ZM, and W1UU are now in the final preparation phase of uploading our virtual booth design! The main themes are in the presentations by NM5M on “CWAcademy” and W1UU on “The New Frontier of CW Operating” will be given. They are scheduled for the March 14, Sunday time period. Please look carefully at the time periods.

Again, we need to fill in the time slots open for booth duty!

What is booth duty? If a visitor arrives at our CWops booth, they can observe what is inside and click on a table that identifies the themes we are presenting.

Usually the first question is “What is CWops”. That is always a great question! You give a simple answer to the question about why you have joined CWops. You then add, “We have several themes that define CWops”. You then describe the theme of your table. They can go to other tables that may have information of interest. We will have up to six (6) pre-recorded themes that last about 5-6 minutes. You push a button, or our back up team can do that for you!

In summary, we need more booth signups! You help others and yourself!

Here is the current listing:

NM5M presentation is the single theme of CWAcademy

W1UU presentation has 5 themes.

The CWops virtual booth is based on a total of 6 themes, including NM5M on CWA, and the other themes are based on vignettes within W1UU’s presentation: AA3B, W3LPL, K1JD, K1ESE, and 3D2AG. The spreadsheet gives you more detail.  Click HERE to view the spreedsheet.   

To overcome the issue of Daylight Saving Time change, we have organized our time slots in UTC. We have worldwide members and visitors!

By putting one’s call in the time slots, and saving it, W5LA has access to the spreadsheet and the call of the person who has agreed to the time slot. Our team will assist in slot changes as they may occur.

When a visitor arrives at the virtual CWops booth, they will see 6 “tables” consisting of 8 seats (as in above it looking down on a square with 2 chairs on each side). The person is likely to have a “name” like a call sign so you will know who is waiting and who is inside!

We need your help with booth duty! Please go to the URL listed above to see a spreadsheet. Simply put in your call sign on your theme of interest in a convenient time slot. The 1-hour will go fast! Remember, you are explaining the various interests of CWops from learning CW to participation in modern CW operational techniques.

But wait! There is more!

Please also be aware that after the first day of the show, we have been assigned 20 tables of 8 into a CWops reserved room for socializing. It goes on all Saturday night through Sunday morning before the second day of the show. In that session you can move from table to table, meeting friends and making new ones, virtually! Our overseas members like this idea, and we expect attendance will increase, and there is no “selling”! If there are more members, we can expand the number of tables!

The $10 to join into the show activities is not only worthwhile, but you are seeing CWops in action and it’s leadership in an international organization!

Nothing is “easy”, but helping CWops is fun!

73,

The CWops Virtual Team


Announcement for CWops participation:

QSO Today Ham Expo March 12-14, 2021

The following URL is the most recent announcement a virtual Ham Expo where CWops has a “Virtual Booth”. This is a worldwide event!

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo (qsotodayhamexpo.com)

All members should review this announcement for you possible participation. In Summary:

There will be two 1-hour presentations: NM5M on CWAcademy and W1UU on ‘The New Frontier of CW Operating”. These are scheduled in the program. Please note that the times are given in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Additionally there is a CWops “Virtual Booth” available over the entire time period. The team of AC6ZM, N5OT, W5LA, and W1UU are producing the materials and assembling the technical requirements. The location of the virtual Ham Expo will be inside an Amazon S3 server system.

As a Virtual exhibitor, attendees can visit the CWops booth and if any questions, they can be directed to a breakout room, we call a “round table”. The technology allows up to 8 “round tables” consisting of 8 “chairs”. There will also be a larger conference room that may hold up to “100 attendees”. While everything would be based on a “Zoom concept”, the technology changes internally within the Amazon servers. You control from your computing device!

CWops believes strongly that the COVID issues require everyone to Stay Safe. It also means you can attend the exhibition without the expenses of travel, hotel, food expected in live venues! This is a situation where members can also socialize “after hours” no matter what time zone you are in. There is the possibility you can show yourself operating your station (time limited!). These details are being worked out by our team.

Once QSO Today goes on-line, we need to have members to serve as “booth duty”. Please volunteer brief periods of time!

Sorry, but we don’t have free tickets to hand out!

Your Board of Directors have supported our efforts to use the latest technology to continue showing our mission to promote “The Art Form of CW” and the CWA. Our revised Ambassador Program has been put in place so CWops can continue finding “Forums of Interest”.

W1UU, Peter
Ambassador Committee Chairman
CWops Vice President