Guidance for Proceedings Authors


The 2017 Central States VHF Society Conference is soliciting papers for publishing in its Proceedings on all weak-signal VHF and above amateur radio topics, including:

  • Antennas including Modeling, Design, Arrays, and Control
  • Test Equipment including Homebrew, Commercial, and Measurement Techniques & Tips
  • Construction of equipment such as Transmitters, Receivers, and Transverters
  • Operating including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions
  • RF power amps including Single and Multi-band Vacuum Tube, Solid-state, and TWTAs
  • Propagation including Ducting, Sporadic E, Tropospheric, Meteor Scatter, etc.
  • Pre-amplifiers (low noise)
  • Digital Modes WSJT, JT65, etc.
  • Regulatory topics
  • Moon Bounce
  • Software-defined Radio (SDR)
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Topics such as FM, repeater, packet radio, etc., are generally considered outside of the scope of papers being sought. However, there are always exceptions. Please contact the point of contact below if you have any questions about the suitability of a particular topic.

You do not need to attend the conference nor present your paper to have it published in the Proceedings. Posters will be displayed during the Conference.


  • For inclusion in the Proceedings: Monday, 12 June 2017


  • Submissions accepted via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, CD/DVD, USB stick/thumb drive, etc.
  • Contact the Proceedings point of contact prior to submitting formats other than those listed below.
  • Submissions using any form of previously published or copyrighted material MUST include the copyright statement and written permission for reproduction.
  • Authors retain copyright to the work. By submission, authors consent to publication in the Proceedings, both printed as well as electronic (if offered).


  • Ed James KA8JMW
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Snail mail: 10 Trade Ct., Edgewood, NM 87105


  • Proceedings will be printed in black and white/grayscale; no color.
  • All papers should be in electronic format. Microsoft Word is the preferred format.  PDF is acceptable, provided that all fonts are embedded. Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint formats are also acceptable, if necessary.
  • Paper: 8½ x 11-inches.
  • Margins: Top and side margins should be 0.75-inches; bottom margin must be 1-inch.
  • Font: 12-pt Times New Roman font preferred. Font and text size may be modified by publisher during final editing if necessary to enhance readability, or to better fit  available space.
  • Layout: One-column layout is preferred, however two-column format is acceptable.
  • Page numbers: Page numbers should not be included, as they will be added by the publisher during final editing.
  • Headers/Footers: Do not include any header or footer content, as it will likely be removed by the publisher during final editing.
  • Drawings: Drawings should be embedded in the files, or sent separately for placement during final editing. Author should either place drawings where they should appear, their placement should be indicated within the text. If placement is not indicated, drawings will be placed after the text.  Drawings and illustrations should be made with heavy lines, and clearly drawn. Schematics, etc., should be formatted to fill a major portion of a page, and be divided so that they are not overly complex.  Graphs, charts, and drawings illustrating multiple variables, results, or conditions should feature  different line styles (instead of colors), as the Proceedings will be printed in black and white/grayscale.
  • Multi colored graphs, etc, will be in shades of gray.
  • Photos: Photos should be high-resolution and converted to grayscale for printing. Author should either place photos where they should appear, their placement should be indicated within the text. If placement is not indicated, photos will be placed after the text.
  • Label all drawings, illustrations, and photos clearly.
  • Printing: The  print what we receive. We do not copy edit (but will correct something if we notice it – or if you notice it and let us know). We do try to make all papers somewhat uniform, but we do not redo each article. Page numbers are added as we prepare the files for our printer.