VARIOUS AND SUNDRY BURNING AMP TIDBITS FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE

BURNING AMP TAKES PLACE 9am-5pm SUNDAY NOV 13th at FORT MASON CENTER in SAN FRANCISCO, CA. We will be using space in Building C (2nd floor meeting rooms, as usual) and the Firehouse (lectures, raffle, lunch).

A helpful map of the Fort Mason grounds can be found here:
FORT MASON MAP: PARKING, BUILDING LOCATIONS, FOOD, LOCAL STREETS
When driving to the site, enter via the Gatehouse at Laguna Street and Marina Boulevard.

Below you will find some additional info that should be useful for attendees and exhibitors. Check back as we get closer to the event.

WE NEED SOUND ADSORPTION
This year, as you well know, we are back at the Fort Mason echo chambers. The bad news is Mark had to use up a good portion of the moving blankets, um, well… for moving! So there may be some or none of them available this year for sound abatement. If anyone has some bright ideas on how we can get some sound panels for the day, or anything else that will suck up sound, please post here or contact me. If you can store sound adsorption materials (in your garage, storage locker, etc), and can bring them to the event and take them back home again afterwards, please contact the organizers via DIYaudio or the audio.claub.net contact page.

VOLUNTEERS AND SETUP:
Instead of a team of volunteers, this year we are all in it together. On the plus side, because we are using the Firehouse for the lectures, raffle, and lunch and paying for it, all the chairs and tables in the Firehouse will be set up by Fort Mason. Yea! But in the Meeting rooms, where we normally have all the DIY gear on display, we will face the same setup tasks as in the past. That is to say Fort Mason will leave carts of chairs and tables here and there and our job is to set these up as we see fit. At the end of the day we need to return all the tables and chairs to the carts and do some minor cleanup. This is where we can all pitch in. If you are bringing gear, expect to be a volunteer as well. In fact if we all head up there in the morning when we arrive this can be done in 5 minutes. So please think about leaving your gear in the car when you arrive and take one trip inside to lend a hand and find your spot. Then go back and begin unloading. At the end of the day, after you have packed up, please think about lending a hand to move tables and chairs from your area back into the racks. If we all pitch in this will be easy peasey.

PARKING ADVISORY:
Fort Mason has a large pay parking lot. This year there is a large event taking place on the same day as Burning Amp and its attendees will compete with Burning Amp attendees for parking. We have the space reserved starting at 8am. The other show (Western States Crafts Fair) opens at 10am, but its vendors may arrive earlier. If the parking lot is full you will need to find parking in another Fort Mason lot or nearby paid parking. PLEASE TRY TO ARRIVE EARLY to avoid lugging your gear from 1/4 mile away. Sorry this is out of our control.

ENTRY FEE, RAFFLE TICKETS, LUNCH = $$$
Here’s the skinny on costs for the event. Thanks to the generous donation by FirstWatt (Thanks NP!) we are able to keep the entry ticket cost down to $20 this year. Lunch will be offered for $10, which will get you a heaping plate of Indian Food (see earlier post in this thread for the menu). You will get some raffle tickets as part of the entry ticket charge, and additional raffle tickets will be available for an additional cost which is yet to be determined. If you attend Burning Amp and are NOT an invited speaker or vendor, be prepared to pay the entry fee (cash only).

RAFFLE OF DONATED ITEMS:
This year’s raffle will be held in the Firehouse over the lunch hour when everyone will be down there anyway. If you would like to donate items, please consider whether these would be of interest to someone. Please do not use the raffle to dump old junk! And please check to see if your item was actually taken away after the raffle has concluded and if not, please take it back home with you. Thanks for your consideration on this point.

PLEASE PREPARE INFO ON YOUR DIY PROJECT
Burning Amp is much more interesting when people can read about what they are looking at. Wow, here’s a nice electronics chassis with some connectors on the table! What is it? Don’t make attendees GUESS. PLEASE prepare a short description (e.g. 1 page or less) of your project at home, print it out, and bring it with you. You cannot always be there every second to explain your project, and even if you are this will give someone other than the person you are talking to at the time a chance to get an idea about it. Some point you can include are: What is it (preamp, amp, headphone amp, etc)? Did you design this or did you build a kit? What is novel about it (parts used, construction techniques, etc)? What are your own thoughts about it, and would you recommend it for someone else to build, etc. This kind of info can make browsing around the floor much more informative and can cover the basics so that you will not need to repeat them over and over again.

TALKS GIVEN BY INVITED SPEAKERS:
There are three talks (see tentative schedule in next post). Exact topics are a little fuzzy, but in essence Nelson Pass will be talking about something amplifier related, Bob Cordell will be talking about a preamp related project, and Bryan Levin will be doing a follow up on last year’s talk on Arduino-based remote control systems. The talks are spread out during the day and will be held at the Firehouse. Unfortunately, the large room cannot (by Fire Code) accommodate more than about 110 people so it may very well be that some may have to stand outside or will not be able to attend. Please no standing around the walls as this will violate Fire Code.

ALCOHOL
There is no alcohol allowed, period. Getting the proper permit and meeting the regulations required by Fort Mason, including insurance, is prohibitive. Please do not bring your own, either. You have been warned.

VENDORS: LINEAR INTEGRATED SYSTEMS and MODUSHOP
This year we have two vendors who will attend. LIS will have product samples on hand, literature, t-shirts to sell, and will demo/display a head phone amplifier evaluation board. Please stop by their tables upstairs in the small meeting room. Gian from Modushop will also attend and will be raffling off this Deluxe 4U steel amplifier chassis! Please check out the link for more info on this beauty and stop be their table next to LIS.