Southeastern VHF Society

About the SVHFS Conference

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS) holds a Technical Conference once a year. The goal of the conference is to raise the technical level of amateurs by providing a forum for presenting technical papers relating to VHF, UHF, and Microwave, to provide a focal point for discussions on operating practices and procedures, on exploration of modes such as EME, MS, FAI, E-skip and other topics that promote operation on Amateur bands above 50MHz. Annual membership in the society is extended as a benefit of attending the conference.

In August, 2010 the Southeastern Repeater Association's (SERA) Repeater Journal highlighted the SVHFS 2010 Conference that was held at Morehead State University in 2010. The article was written by John Farler, K4AVX, and provides additional information. For a look at the article, follow this link.

The SVHFS conducts an antenna competition at each year's conference, where homebrew antennas are judged for performance. More information is available here.

The 2011 Conference

The officers and the board of directors are pleased to announce the 2011 SVHFS Conference will be held in Huntsville, Alabama on April 29 - 30, 2011. This year's conference committee is comprised of Ben Lowe, K4QF, Jimmy Long, W4ZRZ, and Craig Compton, K4XR.

A flyer has been sent to previous attendees of the conference. Click here to download the latest version.

This year we are pleased to announce Homer Hickam as our guest speaker for Saturday's banquet. Homer is the author of Rocket Boys, which was made into the movie October Sky, and several other books. He is also a Vietnam veteran and a former NASA engineer. The event promises to be entertaining and memorable. You can find out more about Homer at his website.

The Details


Lodging has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville. Rooms are available at a rate of $89 per night, plus taxes. Visit the lodging information page to make reservations and to obtain directions and details.

Family Programs and Activities

Panoply Arts Festival - Across the street from the downtown Holiday Inn is Big Springs Park, where the city is sponsoring the 30th Panoply Arts Festival with a large variety of song and dance routines scheduled for the entire weekend. Showcasing the best music, dance, theatre and visual arts in the Tennessee Valley, Panoply exceeds its definition as a "magnificent, impressive array." This event is quite reasonable in pricing at $5 for a day or $10 for the weekend. It is directly across the street for an easy walk. Kids 12 and under get in for free, and everyone seems to really enjoy the entertainment. More information is available here.

Trans Siberian Orchestra - The "Trans Siberian Orchestra" is performing a concert on Friday night, April 29th, at 8 pm at the Von Braun Center, where the Huntsville Hamfest is held. This is a 5 minute walk from the hotel for the conference center. This is AC Entertainment presenting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night. Tickets go on sale Feb. 12th at 10am.All seats are reserved for $62.50, $52.50 & $42.50. Tickets available at the VBC Box Office, Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets.

The Holiday Inn will make the hotel van available to transport people to the Space and Rocket Center next to the Marriott Hotel, the Early Works Museum, or the Botanical Gardens. While priority would be given to those requiring transportation to the airport, it will be available for our conference attendees as available.

Huntsville, Alabama
April 29 - 30, 2011

Conference Committee
Ben Lowe, K4QF
Jimmy Long, W4ZRZ
Craig Compton, K4XR

Technical Program Co-Chairs
Steve Kostro, N2CEI
Robin Midgett, K4IDC

Conference Flyer
Call For Papers
Program & Schedule
Registration Form
Lodging Information
Maps & Directions
Antenna Gain/NF
Doorprize Donors


Charlotte, NC
April 20 - 21, 2012


2011 Huntsville, AL
2010 Morehead, KY
2004 Marietta, GA
2003 Huntsville, AL

Summary of Proceedings
Antenna Gain Results
Noise Figure Measurements

W4DEX Conference Albums


2012 Conference - Charlotte, NC
2011 Conference - Huntsville, AL
2010 Conference - Morehead, KY