Pacificon ’09, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention is part of EMCOMMWEST this year with the activities taking place from May 1-3 at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. The banquet speaker at EMCOMMWEST?PACIFICON ’09 will be Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. Riley was in charge of amateur radio enforcement at the FCC when he retired. I (VE3HG) heard him speak at Dayton last year and he’s got some really good things to say about ham radio and our ability to self-enforce our use of the radio spectrum.
Lots of workshops from ARES and how to build an exercise to buildling an 18-tube ham band receiver (Didn’t we used to call that a Hammarlund HQ-170?) . There’s also a swap meet and lots of workshops. So while you are learning more about emergency communicaitons and ham radio, any none hams in the family can take in the casino.