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Guidance for Table-Top/Poster Displays

49th Annual CSVHFS Conference
Table-Top/Poster Displays

Posters:
Table-Top/Poster Displays are being continued at this year’s CSVHFS conference. We need your creativity and effort to bring more content to the event. Think about a poster session or table-top display you could create for this year. All day Friday and Saturday, a portion of the Dealer Area will have your Posters and table-top displays available for viewing.

Topics:
Sometimes a topic may not have enough meat for a full presentation or paper. Perhaps a big operating event. Or perhaps photos of a recent construction project. You are not limited to the poster boards: you may bring actual physical items for display on the table BUT, while the display area will be chaperoned, we must advise care in choosing what is displayed and cannot guarantee that things won’t sprout legs or otherwise disappear from the area.If you are a good teacher, consider covering some basic VHF/UHF topics. Many of these VHF/UHF themes can be reviewed (or taught, if you will) via poster sessions or table-top displays. Such displays can be used again in subsequent years in your own clubs. They also make excellent items to take as a part of a visit to other clubs when explaining weak-signal VHF/UHF to others.

Materials:
Tri-Fold poster boards are available at most Office supply outlets such as Office Max, Office Depot, or Staples. (Students often use them for Science Fair Projects.) The recommended board is “Elmer’s Display Board Plus,” which is 36″ h x 48″ w. Different stores may not carry Elmer’s but they will have something similar.

The recommended Elmer’s display board is tri-fold: 36″ h by 48″ w when laid flat. Each side folds 12″ to the center, for 36″ h by 24″ w when folded. The design is such that it will stand by itself on a table: no easel is required.

Other sizes (especially if smaller) are usable, depending upon your topic, etc.

Posters will be displayed on table-tops. This allows the addition of objects (if needed) to be placed in front of the poster as “hands-on” examples. If your poster will not stand by itself on a table, you’ll need to provide an easel (or let us know WELL in advance, so we can find one for you).

Layout:
Remember, the poster needs to tell the whole story… there (usually) won’t be anyone there to explain what’s missing. Try to use a simple “story-telling” format, starting in the upper left corner. Go across and down; or down and then across. In either case, end up your display in the lower right corner.

Posters will be viewed from a much larger distance than a printed page, so you need to use larger than usual type sizes. Typically, printed pages use 10 pt or 12 pt fonts. For a poster, consider using nothing smaller than 14 pt, or maybe even 16 pt type. Make titles and headings even larger: say 24 pt. Keep titles and headings simple. Pictures, maps, and charts are naturals for Posters. So are physical things that illustrate what your Poster is talking about. The front center (between the “wings” of the Poster) is a natural for placement of such additional items.

Deadline:
The deadline for NOTIFYING us that you will have a poster at the conference is Friday, June 26, 2015! BRING YOUR POSTER WITH YOU when you come to the Conference. This gives you almost six additional weeks to prepare a Poster as opposed to a paper for the Proceedings. (The deadline for Proceedings submissions is Wednesday, April 22, 2015.)

Questions, Contact:
If you have questions about the suitability of a topic, or how to proceed with preparing a Poster, please contact:

John Maxwell, W0VG  w0vg@arrl.net

USPS Mail:

John Maxwell, W0VG
12244 Applewood Knolls Drive
Lakewood, CO  80215