2017 Will Be Biggest and Best Fort Mason Burning Amp Festival Ever!

BURNING AMP TAKES PLACE with expanded hours of 8:30 am-8pm SUNDAY NOV 12th at FORT MASON CENTER in SAN FRANCISCO, CA. We will be using the 2nd floor Meeting Rooms in Building C for auditioning components and systems as usual, and the adjacent Firehouse spaces adjacent to Building C at ground level for FOUR Talks by experts in audio, demonstration tables, and lunch.

A helpful map of the Fort Mason grounds can be found here:
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.

This year, as you well know, we are back at the Fort Mason. While there will be moving blankets available this year for sound abatement, it would only help if you can bring any. If anyone has some ideas on how we can get 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 the diyAudio thread link above,

All the chairs and tables in the Firehouse will be set up by Fort Mason. Yay! 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 according to the diagrams we supply. This is where we can all pitch in. If you are bringing gear, expect to help out as well in the crucial first hour. 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 assigned room. Then go back and begin unloading. At the end of the day, after you have packed up, please lend a hand to move tables and chairs from your area back into the racks.

Fort Mason has a large paid parking lot where you can park right next to the buildings. We recommend using it. If the parking lot is full which generally doesn’t happen, 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. Usually you can unload free if you leave the lot within 20 minutes, but finding parking elsewhere is a challenge!

Thanks to the generous donation by PassDIY (Thanks NP!) we are able to keep the entry ticket cost down to $20 this year. Lunch will be offered also for $10, which will get you a heaping plate of Indian Food, vegetarian and not vegetarian. You should buy your lunch ticket when you pay admission, as we can’t guarantee we won’t run out of food tickets later. 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).

This year’s raffle will be held in some of the 2nd Floor Meeting rooms in Building C If you would like to donate items, please consider whether these would be of interest to someone. Also 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.

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. Maybe even make copies to hand out. You can’t 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 learn about it. Some points 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.

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.

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