Special guest speaker, Dr. Ed Fong - All are welcome

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Special guest speaker, Dr. Ed Fong - All are welcome

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We are excited to announce that our guest speaker for our January 24th meeting will be Dr. Ed Fong (WB6IQN). Everyone is welcome! After the remote presentation, we will be holding an interactive Q&A with Dr Fong. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please get there early.

Dr. Fong will insist that you call him Ed, so out of respect for that, going forward, I will refer to him as Ed.

As many of you know, he is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST. His most recent antenna was the TBJ-1 – a triband base antenna that was published in March 2017 QST. The DBJ-1 is a highly effective dual band VHF/UHF base station antenna and the DBJ-2 is the portable roll up version. The DBJ-2 won the QST Plaque of the Month Award. Both of these antennas are featured in the ARRL VHF antenna Handbook and also in the ARRL Antenna Classic Handbook. There are over 40,000 of these antennas in use today. About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial agencies.

Ed will give a history on how these antennas were developed and the theory on how and why they work so well. There is no “black magic” to antennas. He will explain in a non-mathematical manner to convince you for overall performance and simplicity his approach is one of the most practical.

Ed Fong was first licensed in 1968 as WN6IQN. He later upgraded to Extra Class (when 20 WPM was required ) with his present call of WB6IQN. He obtained the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of San Francisco. A Life Senior Member of the IEEE, he has 12 patents and over 40 published papers and books in the area of communications and integrated circuit design. Presently, he is employed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (previously with Berkeley from 1997-2010) as an instructor teaching graduate classes in Antenna Design, RF design and high speed interface.

We welcome everyone to our meetings and activities, members and non-members, whether licensed or not!

Location:
Cox Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Time:
1900 hrs sharp
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Michael will there be any type of special temporary discount to purchase any of Dr. Ed Fong's antenna(s) to WPBARC members whose dues is current?
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Good question! Yes, there will be. I don't remember the amount, but it's a fair number.
SWAMPER wrote: Thu Jan 18, 2024 10:06 pm Michael will there be any type of special temporary discount to purchase any of Dr. Ed Fong's antenna(s) to WPBARC members whose dues is current?
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I've watched him speak on Youtube, very smart guy. And his antennas are really interesting. I've already bought one but may get another for permanent installation in the home, if I can convince the historical commission :D
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Very interesting presentation by Dr Ed Fong.... I've read and watched his online documents and videos before, but it was incredible to listen to him live.
Thanks for setting this up Michael!
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You are most welcome. While I took the initiative on this and spoke with Dr. Fong to get the ball rolling, there were folks behind the scene who facilitated the success of that presentation. Jeff (KM4UBL) coordinated and managed the Zoom event (not a simple task), David (WD4LLQ) assisted with last-minute technical difficulties, getting the ball over the goal line, and Jo (N2QFT) kept the crowd happy with coffee, doughnuts and other goodies. A special thanks to Richie (KQ4LOQ), for running the 50/50. He rang the register on that! And of course everyone who came out and joined us, with our distinguished guest, Dr. Ed Fong.

None of this, or anything else that we do in this organization, would be possible without the hard work and dedication of so many people, and that includes you! It's not an overstatement for me to say that it is a privilege for me to be working with everyone here on this unified goal.
SWAMPER wrote: Fri Jan 26, 2024 12:57 am Very interesting presentation by Dr Ed Fong.... I've read and watched his online documents and videos before, but it was incredible to listen to him live.
Thanks for setting this up Michael!
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