SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA
the last weekend in September, Peter Blakeborough, G3PYB and myself
(G3PHO) flew out from Manchester, UK, some 7000 miles to Seattle in
the Pacific North West of the USA. The reason was Microwave Update
2003! This was my third Update and, like the other two, was a most
enjoyable time. The following photos and descriptions will hopefully
serve to encourage you and others to do at least one "pilgrimage"
to this premier amateur microwave event. Update 2004 is scheduled
to take place in Dallas, Texas .. be there!
|We stayed in the Holiday
Inn at Everett, the venue for the convention and about 35 miles
north of SEATAC airport. Arriving an hour before midnight on a Wednesday
night meant we made use of the excellent Seattle Shuttlebus service
from the airport to the hotel. All of the MUD 2003 convention took
place in the hotel apart from the Thursday morning visit to the nearby
Boeing aircraft factory, the largest building of its kind in
the world. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs at
Boeing but we recommend anyone visiting Seattle to take the guide
tour around the factory ... it's a fantastic place ... you could even
see a 747 or similar being built that you might fly in one day!
The program of events
at MUD 2003 was as follows:
Convention registration & Boeing tour. Evening trade tables
auctions, evening trade tables and fleamarket
trade tables, Evening Banquet and prize draw
fleamarket in car park
There was no surplus tour
around the local area. Instead, the dealers came to the convention.
There were microwavers
from all over the world at this year's Update. We personally met
and spoke to amateurs from Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, England,
as well as many friends from the USA itself. The latter came from
all parts, from New England, Texas, the Mid West and the West Coast.
Some of them had, like us, flown thousands of miles to meet up with
fellow enthusiasts of this great hobby.
Pictured here is Toru
Narusawa,JF1AVS, from Japan. Although he cannot speak English
very well, his homebuilt microwave equipment spoke for itself! It
was excellent quality gear. He had on show here his little TV colour
pattern generator, a 10GHz frequency counter about the size of a
packet of cigarettes and some 47Ghz gear.
frequency counter, about the size of a packet of cigarettes can
be seen in this the photo on the right ....