The National Marine Electronics Association outlined the agenda for its annual convention, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla.
"The NMEA Convention & Expo is very valuable for everyone involved in the industry, but it is really organized to serve NMEA dealers and their personnel," said David Hayden, NMEA president and executive director, in a statement. "This year's convention has never been more important, as we need to work together to address the current economic challenge to our industry."
Featured speakers include Joe Hersey, administrative program manager for the U.S. Coast Guard, who will talk about the VHF band; and Lee Luft of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, who will talk about the status of upgrades to the latest version of the NMEA 0183 Standard.
Programs and meetings on Sept. 30 include NMEA 2000 Working Group; Quickbooks Training; ENavigation seminar; Satellite Communications seminar; and the Airmar Transducers seminar. The day finishes with the opening of the expo at 4 p.m. and a booster reception at 6 p.m.
On Oct. 1, the program will include the annual business meeting breakfast, and an NMEA 2000 training seminar. On Oct. 2, the day features: AIS Installation & Rules Training; Thermal Imaging seminar; the new NMEA 0183; Airmar Transducers Training; Network seminar; Antenna Placement seminar; and the Industry Awards Banquet.
A new NMEA Technology Award will be introduced at the 2009 NMEA Convention & Expo. The winner will be selected by an independent panel of experts organized by Boating Writers International Inc. NMEA will also continue to provide the traditional NMEA Product Awards based on voting of dealer members of the association.