GippsTech 2017 (July 1-2) An invitation
Bus seats available
The annual GippsTech conference is the premier amateur radio technical conference of the year. Although mainly concerned with all matters VHF/UHF and microwave there is usually content related to other technical aspects of our hobby. The 2-day conference is held on the university campus in Churchill, Gippsland, Victoria. The conference normally attracts over 100 delegates from around VK and ZL
As on previous years I am taking a party from Queensland to attend the conference. This year the level of interest has been higher than usual and I am considering hiring a second vehicle in Melbourne. Consequently, there will be more places available to join the party this year. There may be up to 5 seats available “first-come first-served”.
The outline plan will be:-
Fly down as a group from Brisbane to Melbourne on Friday morning 30 June. I can provide a list of suitable flights and there are always good deals to be had for advanced bookings.
From Melbourne, we hire a minibus (or two - depending on the number attending) and we will drive across to Morwell in Gippsland. This takes about 2-3 hours or so with stops. The cost of bus hire and fuel is divided equally amongst the party after our return. No money is required in advance.
We have a tried and tested motel in Morwell (The Coal Valley Motel) which is clean, warm, friendly and reasonably priced (also does great breakfasts) where we have stayed on several occasions. If you “buddy up” and share a room the costs are divided of course. I have arranged a discount rate for the group
There is usually an informal gathering on the Friday night at a local pub in Morwell for dinner and a chance to meet with others from all around VK and ZL.
After breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings we will drive across to the university campus in Churchill where the conference is held (about 20 mins journey by road). The conference has all the AV facilities of the university at its disposal and will include a full programme of lectures, presentations and demonstrations. Lunch and refreshments can be pre-booked when you register on-line. This is very reasonably priced and is recommended because the University itself is closed at this time and no other catering facilities are on hand. There are usually displays set up and equipment to buy (or be given) during the coffee and meal breaks.
There is a Conference Dinner held on the Saturday night which most delegates will attend. This is optional but again is highly recommended, usually a great night!
The Sunday session finishes at around midday with raffles and prizes etc. (Lunch is again available but usually we head off back to Melbourne to fly home, getting some lunch on the way). We normally book flights leaving Melbourne at around 6pm (18:00) which has us back in Brisbane at a reasonable 8:15 pm (20:15) in the evening.
If you are interested in joining in this year then please drop me an e-mail, whether definite or provisional. No money is required in advance.
Kevin Johnston VK4UH