CSVHFS 2020 Conference in LaCrosse, WI: Postponed to 2021

James Duffey

The Central States VHF Conference will not be held this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The official announcement from W9FZ is attached to this e-mail

As a member of the CSVHF Society Board of Directors, I participated in that decision and would be happy to answer any questions you have about the postponement or how the decision to postpone was made.

The decision was not made hastily and was made with substantial input by all members of the Board. In the end it was a consensus decision to postpone.

Three factors contributed to my decision to vote to postpone. One is that despite not knowing exactly what the pandemic will look like in July, holding it could put members at risk, and a lot of members are in the high risk category. The potential payoff for the risk incurred in holding the conference seems low. The second was that the conference is a social event event as much as it is a technical and operating conference, and it looks like even in July some social distancing constraints will still be in place. That will make social activities, even just greeting old friends, difficult. Third, it seemed like travel arrangements would be difficult to make in advance for those who fly, further limiting attendance, particularly as making those arrangements would need to be done in the near future.

More information will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please ask me or another BOD member.

Sorry to be the bearer of this news; I know many eagerly look forward to attending each year and Ginger and I usually plan a vacation around it and will be disappointed. In the meanwhile, I hope that restrictions will be lifted enough so that we can see each other at gatherings later in the year. See you in LaCrosse in 2021. - Duffey

James Duffey KK6MC
Cedar Crest NM

Begin forwarded message:

´╗┐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 hotel is NOT set up to accept 2021 reservations yet. We will
notify the membership and update our lodging tab on the website when lodging
reservations for 2021 can be made--likely in January, 2021.

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