• FDIM 2015 - Four Days In May

    'Four Days In May' is the annual convention of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International. It is held in Dayton OH and runs in parallel with the famous Dayton Hamvention. 
  • FDIM Seminars

    Held on Thursday 14th May 2015. Six presentations from well known names in the QRP community. This event attracts an audience of around 400 QRPers.
  • Hamvention Buses

    Visitors to FDIM have an easy journey to the Dayton Hamvention. On Friday and Saturday we have buses running from the hotel door to the Hamvention entrance.
  • Midnight Mischief

    Midnight Mischief at FDIM 2014 ! Guardians of the Sacred Holy Relic open the arc in preparation for the Tuna-Tin MoJo Ceremony. Yes, really !
  • Buses to Hamvention

    Shuttle buses to the Hamvention on Friday and Saturday ($15 for both days) Wilbur Dahmer will guarantee that you have an entertaining ride to the Hara Arena !
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FDIM Registration

Four Days In May (FDIM) - the biggest and best QRP event in the World !
Held each May, it starts the day before the famous Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio and runs for 4 days

A day of seminars, a Buildathon, a Vendors night, an Evening Lecture, a Pizza Night, a QRP Club night, homebrew competitions, games, music, raffles, door prizes, QRP Hall of Fame induction, a Grand Banquet . . . and buses direct to and from the Hamvention.

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Ticket prices have been held at the same rate as the last three years -

        Seminar - $40
        Banquet - $35


Pay with Paypal or credit card using
the online registration form

 

FDIM Seminars

Thursday 14 May 2015
8.50am - 5.15pm

  • Ken Evans, W4DU (8.50am)
        Welcome to FDIM !
     
  • Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ (9.00am)
        Elecraft - Inside the Design
        The technology behind the latest
        K3 + KX3 features, and its impact

  • Jay Slough, K4ZLE (10.00am)
       
    Reflections and Directions
     
  • George Dobbs, G3RJV (11.15am)
       
    QRP - A Sideways Look
     
  • Paul Darlington, M0XPD (2.00pm)
        Opening The Door : just wide enough
      
  • Mike Bryce, WB8VGE (3.15pm)
        From Rubylith to CAD
     
  • Glen Popiel, KW5GP (4.15pm)
        High adventure with Arduino and QRP
     

Tea breaks at 11.00am and 3.00pm
Lunch break at 12.15pm

Buildathon

Rex Harper, W1REX

Friday 15 May 2015
3.30pm - 8.00pm

Once again the Buildathon will be hosted by Rex Harper W1REX !

This year Buildathon will be held on Friday afternoon/evening. Start time is flexible to cater for those returning from the Hamvention. You can start your project between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. It ends at 8.00pm but will probably continue until everyone has completed their project.

The Buildathon is a group build of a small project that can be completed in around 2 - 3 hours (depending on experience). Beginners are particularly encouraged and there will be plenty of people around to help.

This year the project is to build 4 items of useful test equipment -

  • a simple and compact RF probe

  • a dummy load with RF power measurement

  • a multi-band crystal controlled signal generator

  • a simple RF frequency counter

Anyone can participate in Buildathon.
Registration is just $35, this includes the project kits, elmering during the Buildathon AND the now infamous Buildathon Pizza Party at 5.30pm !

To register visit the QRP.me Buildathon page

Grand Banquet

Bruna Begali presents a paddle

Saturday 16 May 2015
7.30pm - 10.00pm

The FDIM Grand Banquet is the last major event of the weekend. There's a great meal, a few announcements, the QRP Hall of Fame induction, results of the homebew competitions and then a lot of prize giving !

At FDIM 2014 we  raffled an Elecraft KX3 with a Ham Central Terminal.
And everyone attending was automatically entered in the draw for door prizes which included -

  • two Begali paddles
  • an AlexLoop antenna
  • several Tuna Tin kits
  • an Alpha EzMilitary Antenna
  • two STM32 SDR kits
  • various books
  • choice of Windcamp dipole or 31ft mast
  • a Ham Central Terminal (for KX3)

Prizes are donated thoughout the FDIM event - we usually have more than 50 !

 

Hamvention Buses

Hamvention Buses

Buses will run from the hotel door to the Hamvention entrance on Friday and Saturday.

This service makes it really easy to get to and from the Hamvention. If you drive you are likely to pay just as much in parking fees and be faced with a long walk to the Hara Arena.

On the outbound route buses will be available from 7.30am until 9.30am. Pickup is at the main entrance of the Holiday Inn.

Return journeys will run from 3.30pm until 5.30pm - your driver will agree a pickup location. Be sure to listen and be at the pickup point no later than 5.30pm

Ticket prices will be confirmed later ($15 in 2013 and 2014). Each ticket will cover outbound/return journeys on both Friday and Saturday.

You can buy your ticket at the hotel during Wednesday evening registration and throughout the Thursday events.

Vendor Night

Vendor table at FDIM

Thursday 14 May 2015
8.00pm - 10.00pm

Vendors and QRP clubs from around the World will be selling kits, components, antennas and all kinds of goodies.

This is a great place to buy. The vendors have time to chat and you can take your purchases back to the hotel room. For customers, doors open at 8.00pm

Vendors include -

  • 4SQRP Club
  • Alexloop Antennas
  • Alpha Antenna
  • CRES Amateur Radio Club
  • Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
  • DX Engineering
  • Gems Products
  • Gary Schultz, N8WTT
  • GQRP Club
  • Hamsource
  • Kanga UK
  • Kanga US
  • Nils Young, W8IJN
  • Portable Rotation
  • Pro Audio Engineering
  • QRPme
  • QRP Works
  • Solar 24
  • Uncle Cy the LED Guy

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QRP Club Night

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Friday 15 May 2015
8.00pm - 10.00pm

A night of fun, games and socialising. We tried this the last two years and it was a great success.

QRP Clubs and groups will have a table to promote themselves. Tables can be decorated with flags and banners. Flyers and badges can be distributed - and new members recruited.

Each Club can make their table 'their own' but we suggest that some snacks/nibbles/sweets from their area are provided and some kind of game or competition is hosted (think along the lines of toroid winding and left footed CW).

Please - find out who is the lead person for this from your own club. If no one is doing it, then take the lead yourself and contact your fellow club/group members !

We currently have the following groups attending -

  • 4 States QRP
  • Austin QRP
  • QRP ARCI
  • CRES-ARC QRP (Columbus)

First Time at FDIM ?

Visiting FDIM for the first time ?
Here's a guide so you know what to expect . . .

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Spouse Activities

Stitching at FDIM

For several years we have set aside rooms for spouses to enjoy some non-radio related activities.

Details will be available later - meet up around 9.00am
No formal activities planned so far

FDIM 2015 Schedule

Venue:  Holiday Inn, Fairborn OH   (map)


 Wednesday 13th May 2015

Registration opens (7.30pm)
Pick up badges and goody bags,
meet old friends and make new ones !

Thursday 14th May 2015

Registration opens (7.30am)
Seminars (8.50am - 5.15pm)
         Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ
         Jay Slough, K4ZLE
         George Dobbs, G3RJV
         Paul Darlington, M0XPD
         Mike Bryce, WB8VGE
         Glen Popiel, KW5GP

Vendor Evening (8pm - 10pm)
'Meet the Speakers' (8pm - 10pm)

Friday 15th May 2015

Buses to Hamvention (7.30am - 9.30am)
Buses back to hotel (3.30pm - 5.30pm)

Buildathon (3.30pm - 8.00pm)
QRP Club Night (8pm - 10pm)
Show and Tell (8pm - 10pm)
Homebrew Competition (8pm - 10pm)

Saturday 16th May 2015

Buses to Hamvention (7.30am - 9.30am)
Buses back to hotel (3.30pm - 5.30pm)
Grand Banquet, Awards Ceremony
and Door Prizes (7.30pm - 10pm)

Sunday 17th May 2015

Last visit to Hamvention and home


Events and times are subject to change. Please recheck schedule regularly.

 

Hotel Rooms

Holiday Inn, FairbornAll FDIM activities take place at the Holiday Inn, Fairborn. This is the place to stay to ensure you do not miss any of the action.

We have arranged a special FDIM room rate of $112 per night (+ tax), this includes complimentary breakfast.

This rate is only available by calling the hotel directly (do not call the toll free number !).

Call 937-431-4613 between 8am and 5pm (Monday to Friday). Leave a voice mail if there is no answer.

Tell them you are with 'FDIM' to get the special rate.

Who's Going to FDIM ?

A list of people pre-registered for the Seminars and Banquet is published online.

The list is updated every 5 or 6 days.

Remember - everyone who registers online for the Seminars is entered into free draws with prizes being presented between seminars. You cannot buy tickets. Register online - it helps us plan the event !

If you have booked a hotel room - then please book tickets for the Seminar or Banquet.

The hotel room list is also available online.

There are people with hotel rooms booked who have not pre-registered for the Seminar or Banquet.

Every year we have people cancel their hotel room just days before FDIM.
If you cannot attend then cancel your room now !
If you will attend then book your ticket for the Seminar or Banquet !

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