URGENT! (updated August 6, 2021)
The 2021 NASB Annual Meeting which was scheduled for September 9 and 10 has been postponed (again) due to the Covid-19 situation in Alabama.
EWTN/WEWN has put all meetings on hold until further notice due to serious infections of the Covid Delta variant in the area. We sincerely apologize to everyone for this inconvenience, and we hope that those who have airline reservations can change them to the new dates when we know what they are.
If you have reserved a room at the Best Western hotel, please cancel your reservation. There will be no penalty; no charges have been made to your cards. Please check this website regularly for the latest updates.
We hope to reschedule our annual meeting as soon as possible, and it will be in the same location at WEWN. Please be safe, and again we apologize for this situation which is unfortunately beyond our control. Thank you.
WEWN, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Meeting Location: WEWN Shortwave transmitter site near Leeds, Alabama (suburb of Birmingham)
Conference Host: EWTN/WEWN
Meeting Dates: To be announced soon
Costs for Attendees: There is no cost to attend the meeting itself, and the meals indicated in the agenda will be provided free of charge. Attendees must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The meeting hotel will be the Best Western Birmingham Inn and Suites on Corporate Ridge Drive in Birmingham. The room rate will be $88.00 per night plus tax. See below for information on how to make hotel reservations. We suggest arriving on Wednesday and departing on Saturday if you plan to take part in the optional excursion to the Shrine in Hanceville on Friday afternoon.
Meeting Hotel: The hotel is located in an area of shopping centers, restaurants, and a large Walmart store. WEWN will provide transportation back and forth between the hotel and the transmitter site where meetings will be held.
Breakfast: The hotel price includes breakfast.
Area Restaurants: There are many restaurants within about a half mile. For breakfast, IHOP and Metro Diner (great breakfast) are within ½ mile. There is Big Bad Breakfast about another ½ mile. Pastry shops and fast food types all around. It’s like a food mecca all around from Greek to Jewish, to Cajun, Italian and Asian. Finding food is no problem.
Hotel Amenities: A deluxe hot breakfast with make your own waffles, cereal, eggs, breakfast meat, fresh fruit, muffins, pastries and more. Free WiFi, 24-hour business center, fitness center, outdoor pool and patio. Deluxe bedding, refrigerator, microwave and oversized rooms, as well as Southern Hospitality.
Hotel Room Rate: $88.00 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (a total of approximately $102.00 per night).
Child Policy: Children 18 and under are free in room with one paying adult in existing bedding.
Hotel Reservation Procedure: You can make your reservation at the following special webpage for our group:
Cancellation Policy: Cancel before 04:00 PM hotel time on date of arrival to avoid a charge.
Hotel Reservation Deadline: To be determined. Thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space and rate availability basis.
Hotel Check-in Time: 3:00 pm
Hotel Check-out Time: 11:00 am
Meeting Registration Form: At the time you make your hotel reservation, please also fill out the following Meeting Registration Form:
WEWN Control Room
NASB 2021 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
Thursday, Date to be determined, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Talks and presentations will take place at WEWN's shortwave transmitter site, as well as a tour of the site. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the transmitter site and back. Lunch will be provided courtesy of EWTN at the transmitter site. Among the speakers will be Tom King of Kintronic Labs and John Stanley with whom they are collaborating on HF antenna designs. They will make a presentation on the types of HF antennas that Kintronic Labs is presently offering. John has been instrumental about 20 years ago with the DRM beginnings of HCJB, Christian Voice, and TWR and a few others with the real initial education of the platform. He may well be the best source for information for U.S. based broadcasters with vintage transmitters of what steps would be practical to move into DRM platforms. Also speaking at the meeting will be ace engineer software developer Rick Curl. Christopher Rumbaugh of DRMNA will provide an update on DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) developments, and there will be a live Zoom call from Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM Consortium. We hope to have a demo of RedwoodComm's DRM Receiver Tester, which is a great way to show off DRM modes and settings. Christopher will give a new budget analogue receiver and antenna round-up. So many new high performance receivers are available now, and simple loop antennas make things easy as well.
12:00 noon - Lunch will be provided by WEWN at the transmitter site.
5:00 pm - Return to the hotel
6:30 pm - Group dinner at Dreamland restaurant near the hotel. It’s the same name restaurant we went to in downtown Birmingham during the 2013 NASB annual meeting. They built a new location just down from the hotel on highway 280.
Friday, Date to be determined, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 noon - Talks and presentations will take place at WEWN's shortwave transmitter site. Updates from NASB member stations and associate members: KSDA, WWCR, KVOH, WEWN, WRMI, KNLS and more. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the transmitter site and back. Also, the NASB Business Meeting -- Finance reports, elections, plans for NASB 2021 annual meeting; other business.
12:00 noon - Excursion to Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Transportation will be provided by EWTN. For those who wish to go on the excursion, we will have lunch in Hanceville near the shrine.
6:00 pm (approximately) - Return to hotel.