Thanks for a great symposium. Great fun and very informative.
Nice to meet so many fellow hams!
As a speaker and participant at the first and second SMART, I praise the organizers, presenters, and participants for engendering a grand event two years in a row and an event that favourably compares to those of more 'well healed' organizations! A two day event sounds enticing. However, it needs to be weighed against the effect of added participant costs (e.g.: hotel, food, etc. costs) that might decrease the day 2 audience. As well, staging costs could double while revenue might not. SMART will do well to continue to emphasize the technical and scientific frontiers of the hobby by featuring content on VLF, LF, and u-wave communications; on SDR and DSP; on small computers (e.g.: Raspberry PI, Arduino, etc.) and microprocessors applications; and, weak signal and low SNR communications. Thank you.
Bill Karle VE1YY - Lantz NS
First, a great job done by the organizers and presenters. The topics were covered with thoroughness and expertise. The audio part needs some consideration. A wireless headset and microphone for use by the presenter would make a lot of sense even if it was rented for the occasion. Perhaps a link from the presenters title to another page that might describe the contents would be worthwhile. Looking forward to next years event.
Jerry Arsenault VE9CD - Fredericton NB
Hats off to the organizers and presenters for pulling off a real class act. I would like to comment on a suggestion made by Len VE9MY. I like the idea of having a synopsis available for each presentation posted online before the symposium. I have mixed feelings about making S.M.A.R.T a two day event, although I am open to being persuaded. Looking forward to next year.
Steve Frost VE9SF - Saint Philippe NB
I learned a great deal at the symposium, and really enjoyed the social aspect as well. Superb presentations, esp by Bernie Cormier on EM noise and the MESH presentation. Also, displays in the lobby were excellent. I think the key is to avoid repetition each year. Great organization, venue, and BBQ. Thank you Westcumb for hosting what has become the premiere ham radio event in Atlantic Canada.
Bill Sproul VA1BIL - Wilmot NS
I mostly attended sessions in room B. A basic mike & loudspeaker should be available to hear all the speakers discussion and audience questions. - A 2 day event would be welcomed. So many ham topics are available to enrich our hobby and community service. - Make sure that you charge enough to cover unexpected costs. - A possible topic for 2018 could be efficient portable operations, equipment, antennas, operational aids, etc.
Art Gunn VE9BP - Fredericton NB
I would have liked the Microcontrolers to more Raspberry Pi and Arduino oriented.
Alan Beck VY2XU - Montague PEI
Great day, very well organized and certainly due to the hard work of the organizers. Would like to throw out another suggestion, that of making the vent a two-day event. I found I was having to decide between presentations, A or B and wanting to attend both. Having the presentations on the Web site will help in that matter. With an extended event, it would allow for possibly more presentations. For some time there has been some discussion on a combined area fleamarket. The SMART, could be the basis of such an event. I know it is easy to make suggestions without any thought of the logistics of such, but I am willing to help if it is felt this suggestion is viable.
Len Morgan VE9MY - Baxters Corner NB
The SMART day was GREAT. The only suggestion I have would be two lines at the food tables(one on each side) and two tongs for people to do their own. Otherwise....perfect. Loved the time keeper. Great Planning.
Linda Friars VE9GLF - Baxters Corner NB
Well Done to the organizing committee for a excellent symposium. Location is excellent. As a presenter, it would of been nice to have a pointer. In the large room, the projector could be put further away from the screen in order to get a larger image.
J.P. LeBlanc VE9BK - Lutes Mountain NB
An excellent event in all respects. Congratulations to all the organizers and presenters.
Hal Rodd VE1LV - Truro NS
I really enjoyed the day at SMART. Great range of topics which were all interesting, and made it somewhat difficult to decide which one to attend. All facilitators were very well informed of their topic. Everything was well timed, just like a "well oiled machine". The organizers have to be complimented on their planning. The venue for the event was excellent. Bottom line for me, is to keep up the great work if a 3rd annual is being proposed. 73..Sterling
Sterling Carpenter VE9SK - New Maryland NB
Everything is perfect. Enjoyed a lot. Thanks. 73.
Ankit Patel VA1NMQ - Halifax NS
Great event again this year. Enjoyed the presentations I attended. I was wondering if it might be possible to get PPP or PDF files of the presentations made available that way we could at least get a chance to see what we missed in the presentations we were not able to attend. I agree with Doug VE1DFG the lady serving the burgers should have had rubber gloves and tongs.
Dave Hull VE1HUL - Truro NS
It truly was a great day, met lots of new amateurs took in some classes, and it was an honor to BBQ for some really awesome people. Cant wait to see what kind of plans we come up with for the 2018 one. Stay tuned.. and 73.
Kevin Burke VE1KEV - Amherst NS
What a fantastic day of interesting presentations with fellow hams! A big thank you to the organizing committee. The day was busy but not rushed. I have a page and a half of notes to check out online. Just one suggestion - some seating outside in the food area would have been helpful for the older amateurs. Most of us can stand, eat and chat though. Will look forward to next year's event. This venue is perfect for it. ~73 to all.
Jim Cleveland VE1CHI - Crowes Mills NS
Things went well. Registration would have been quicker and simpler if the lists and the piles of name tags if the lists and piles were in alphabetical order!! Perhaps a session on basic, every day operation for newbies could be considered for next year.
John Scott VE1JS - Sandy Cove NS
Excellent day so congratulations. One note that bothers me and possibly more. The lady serving the food was doing so with her bare hands without any tongs or plastic gloves which is standard in serving to the public. Her hands may have been clean but it's not proper for the public.
Doug Grace VE1DFG - Lower Sackville NS
Great event, well organized and a terrific venue!
Ken McCormick VY2RU - Clinton PEI
Very fine experience! Congrats on the major increase in participation for the second year...bet attendance will continue to grow. Yvon was a great help to us presenters.
Jim Fisher VE1JF - Victoria Beach NS
Fantastic day, I am so happy I was able to attend this year - very well done! Thank you to the organizers for all your hard work and dedication, and to all the presenters for you time and great information. It was a personal delight for me to have a chance to meet fellow amateur operators and hear about your experiences and love of the hobby! Many thanks to all!
Jason Karle VE1AJK - Middle Sackville NS
A truly great event! Excellent facilities with lots of room and parking, great presentations and wonderful people. The sharing of information and interests is what makes amateur radio such a great hobby and the willingness of the radio community to generously volunteer their time for the enjoyment and education of all of us. Thank you!
Dana Rushton VE1VOX - Truro Heights NS
Audio recordings of SMART are on my web site. Listen from the bottom to the top. http://www.ve1lv.com/
Hal Rodd VE1LV - Truro NS
Good Morning,I wanted to thank you and everybody involved. This was a 1st for me and I truly had an amazing time. The presentations I attended were informative and the atmosphere was fun & engaging.
Thank you so much!!
Sean Bridge VE1XOP - Merigomish NS
Hi all,Yesterday was an awesome day. Jim, Mike, Yvon, Kevin, George and many others really gave it all and the results speaks for itself. If I had to bring something out of the event is the feeling of how proud I am to be a member of the greatest hobby ever. I can't thank you enough for your devotion and good mature. We should get together soon for a debriefing while the event is still on our minds. Talk soon.
It was a really great day!
Thanks to you and the whole committee for putting on such a well-organized event Yvon and Jim.
Good evening symposium presenters,On behalf of the organisation committee of the 2017 SMART symposium I'd like to thank each of you for your participation this year.We've heard nothing but great comments from all those that have participated.We could not have done this without each of your participation.We've been asked to see if we could post each of your presentation on the Maritime amateur website for reference for those that attended the sessions.If you are ok with this, could you please forward your presentation to myself or Jim L and we'll get them posted.Should you have any comments or recommendation for future events, please send them our way and we'll discuss them at the committee level.Again, Thank you for your commitment and help to this endeavor.
Really enjoyed the event yesterday.
Ron MacKay VE1AIC - Cornwall PEI