April 27, 2020
Hello CSVHFS members and interested VHF'ers:
The CSVHFS Board met via Zoom meeting yesterday and decided to POSTPONE our
2020 conference until 2021. Our 54th annual conference will have to wait for another year.
Sure, you could say "cancel" but we are keeping the same hosting team in place and holding it at the same planned venue. The new dates will be July 30th and 31st, 2021 for the conference. Most people will arrive in LaCrosse on Thursday, July 29th, 2021 and depart on Sunday, August 1st, 2021
17 people had hotel reservations for 2020--those have been cancelled by the hotel.
The board recognizes that our nation will begin opening up again soon--but our sense is that holding a conference in late July is not appropriate.
Be well and get on the VHF+ bands!
Bruce Richardson W9FZ
CSVHFS 2020 President
Greetings VHF+ Operators!
As this year’s Conference President, I, along with the Conference’s host team, cordially invite you to attend the 54th annual Central States VHF Society Conference, which is being held at the Radisson Hotel located on the beautiful riverfront of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 24th and 25th, 2020.
This year's event will have all the great activities you've come to expect from a CSVHFS Conference: technical presentations, antenna range, noise figure lab, rover row and dish bowl, Thursday evening social activity, Friday evening trade-fest, dealer room, hospitality suite for evening socializing, fun family activities, and a closing banquet with a guest speaker and a prize table.
If you have never been to a CSVHFS conference before, you will find it a great event where you will learn many new things, meet new people, and connect with others you have talked to on-the-air. If you are new to VHF-and-above operating, you will want to be sure to attend the perennial favorite, VHF 101, an alternate track talk designed to get new VHFers successfully on the air. One thing we are certain of: if you attend the CSVHFS conference, you will go home reinvigorated about operating and experimenting on the bands above 50 MHz!
We are sending this letter out early in the new year so that you can make time in your busy summer schedule to attend. From past experience, most attendees arrive on Thursday (July 23rd) and depart on Sunday (July 26th). La Crosse, Wisconsin is easy to get to either by car or air. Interstate 90 passes directly through the city, and the La Crosse Airport (LSE) has direct connections with 3 major airports: Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), and Detroit (DTW). Hotel accommodations at the special conference rate will be available beginning around February 1st. Registration for the conference will open around May 1st. Be sure to visit the conference website at http://2020.csvhfs.org/ for ongoing updates and further information. Please direct any questions you may have about the Conference to
We look forward to seeing you in La Crosse in late July 2021!
Bruce Richardson, W9FZ