Guidance for Proceedings Authors


The 2024 Central States VHF Society Conference is soliciting papers for publishing in its Proceedings of the 2024 Central States VHF Conference 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 such as WSJT, JT65, FT8, JT6M, ISCAT, etc
  • Regulatory topics
  • Moon Bounce (EME)
  • Software-defined Radio (SDR)
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Topics such as FM, repeaters, packet radio, etc., are generally considered outside of the scope of papers being sought. However, there are always exceptions. Please contact the coodinator 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


  • For inclusion in the Proceedings: Papers MUST be received NO LATER than 30 May 2024 by the coordinator below.


  • Submissions accepted via email, Dropbox, CD/DVD, USB stick/thumb drive, etc.
  • Contact the Proceedings coordinator before submitting formats other than those listed above.
  • 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).


  • Rod Blocksome, K0DAS
  • email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Snail mail: 690 Eastview Dr., Robins, IA  52328

 Guidelines for Papers for Conference Proceedings

These are the guidelines from the ARRL--they do the publishing for us.  The Proceedings are printed by Lulu.  Proceedings are exclusively available from CSVHFS for two years. After that time, they are available from Lulu.

  • All papers should be in electronic format. We can accept almost any type of file, Word or PDF are best choices. I prefer Word format as it allows me to make format changes if needed. If sending a PDF, all fonts should be embedded. We can also accept EXCEL, ACCESS and Power Point files.
  • Paper: Size should be 8½ ´ 11-inches.
  • Margins: Top and sides should be 0.75 inches; bottom must be 1 inch.
  • Type: You may use any font you’d like. The type should be clean and easy to read. (We usually use 12 pt Times New Roman.)
  • Layout: Either a one or two-column format is fine. (We usually use one column.)
  • Page numbers: It’s not necessary to include page numbers.
  • Headers/Footers: You don’t need to add any. If you do include them, it’s likely they’ll be removed, or the page shrunk to include them.
  • Drawings: Drawings should be embedded in the papers. Remember that the Proceedings book will be printed in black and white. Multi colored graphs, etc, will be in shades of gray. Thin, light lines in drawings may drop out.
  • We can add drawings/images to the papers if you prefer; send separate, high-resolution jpg, tiff or bmp images for each. Indicate in the text where you would like them. If placement is not indicated, drawings will run after the text.
  • Photos: Color or black-and-white digital images, embedded in text. Photos will be printed in gray scale. Unless there’s a specific reason, photos should be about 3 by 4 inches. If they’re too large, they begin to lose resolution and appear muddy.
  • If need be, I can place them in the papers but will need a separate, high-resolution file for each image/photo. Indicate in the text where you would like them. If placement is not indicated, photos will run after the text.
  • Printing: We 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.