Social Program

Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting - Monday, July 10

The Amateur Radio Breakfast Meeting is open to all conference participants who hold an amateur radio call sign, but pre-registration is required and your call sign is requested. The intent of the gathering is to gather support for AP-S student, outreach, SIGHT and educational activities involving amateur radio.

Date:Monday, July 10
Time:07:00 - 08:00
Location:Bayview Room, 32nd Floor, Seaport Tower
Fee:Complimentary, but advance registration is required. An amateur radio license is required for attendance.

Additional Information on Amateur Radio activities at AP-S/URSI 2017.

Welcome Reception Aboard the USS Midway - Monday, July 10

The Steering Committee has chosen a spectacular venue for the APS 2017 Welcome Reception… USS Midway, one of America’s longest serving aircraft carries. Just minutes away from the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Midway sits as a majestic and historic reminder of one of the most challenging periods of time in United States history.

Please note that the reception begins at 19:30 and is a Dessert Reception. This timing allows you the flexibility of enjoying one of San Diego’s many (and varied) local restaurants:

For more information about this special venue, please visit their site -

Date:Monday, July 10
Reception:Doors open at 19:30. Please note that this is a Dessert Reception, and that guests are asked to have dinner at their leisure prior to arriving at USS Midway. Note, too, that there will be docent tours available and The Battle of Midway Theatre will run its movie, “Battle of Midway,” throughout the evening.
Transportation:The USS Midway is a 10-minute walk from the Manchester Grand Hyatt. There will be symposium guides along the route to assist in directing you. For guests requiring transportation, there will be limited shuttle service between the hotel and the venue.
Fee:Complimentary for AP-S 2017 registered attendees and their guests. Delegates must indicate attendance during registration in order to receive a ticket.

Women in Engineering - Lunch and Speaker - Tuesday, July 11

Join the AP-S WIE for a special luncheon and speaker, Dr. Marta Martinez-Vázquez, as she shares with you her experience during her featured presentation “Mom Talk - An Engineer’s Bedside Story.” This event is open to all conference participants, but pre-registration is required. The scopes of interest of the WIE include increasing the participation of women within IEEE, gathering and disseminating information regarding the status of women, and initiatives for, by and on behalf of women in engineering and science.

Date:Tuesday, July 11
Location:Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Bayview Room, 32nd Floor, Seaport Tower
Fee:Advance registration is required, and there is a$20.00 fee for the two course, plated lunch. Please indicate your choice of entrée - chicken or vegetarian.

Click here for Dr. Marta Martinez-Vázquez's biography.

Young Professionals’ Beach Blast at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa - Tuesday, July 11

The Young Professionals’ Beach Blast is open to all Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). Enjoy beach games (beach volleyball, corn hole and ladder ball, to name a few), live music, sitting by one of their fire pits and a barbecue buffet dinner. A limited number of passes will be available for use of the hotel’s pool.

Date:Tuesday, July 11
Time:This event begins at 18:30, with motorcoach shuttles leaving from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego beginning at 18:00.
Location:Kona Kai Resort & Spa -
Fee:Advance registration is required. Complimentary for students and Young Professionals; $25.00 for advisors.

Reviewers’ Lunch - Wednesday, July 12

The Reviewers’ Lunch is open to all reviewers of the last year for the APS Transactions and Journals.

Date:Wednesday, July 12
Time:12:00 - 13:20
Location:Grand Hall D, Lobby Level
Fee:Complimentary for all registered attendees who participated in the APS Transactions and Journals review process during the last year. Advance registration is required.

Awards Presentation - Wednesday, July 12

Please join the Antennas and Propagation Society’s Awards Committee, as they honor the distinguished accomplishments of the society’s professional community, including recognition of the 2017 IEEE AP-S Fellows. NOTE the format, introduced during the 2016 event, as the awards will be presented during a special evening session at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, to be followed by the Celebratory Banquet, which is a ticketed event. The Awards Presentation is open to all conference registrants and their guests, but advance registration is required.

Date:Wednesday, July 12
Time:18:00 - 19:00
Location:Grand Hall C, Lobby Level
Fee:There is no fee to attend the Awards Presentation, but advance registration is required. If you wish to join the awards recipients during this event, please register to attend.

Celebratory Banquet - Wednesday, July 12

This evening’s Celebratory Banquet will take place in Grand Hall D at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, and it is open to all conference registrants and their guests, but requires a separate ticket purchase. A three-course plated dinner and wine will be served.

Please remember to add a Banquet Ticket, when you register for the conference. If you need to add one at a later date, please add one to your registration.

Note, too, that you will be asked to select from one of three entrees - seafood, vegetarian or chicken.

Date:Wednesday, July 12
Time:Doors open for dinner at 19:00
Location:Grand Hall D, Lobby Level
Fee:$70 (Advance Rate): $90 (On-Site Rate *)

* Please note that a limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the On-Site Rate. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the close of Advance Registration.

Dinner Sail Aboard the Hornblower Adventure - Thursday, July 13

The Hornblower Adventure sets sail on Thursday, July 13 from the Marina located at the San Diego Marriott Marquis, just steps away from the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Enjoy a buffet dinner, while taking advantage of magnificent views of the San Diego skyline either from their extensive sun deck or through the panoramic windows in the dining salons. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available onboard for purchase.

Date:Thursday, July 13
Time:Boarding time is 18:45, and the boat will sail promptly at 19:00.
Location:The Marina at the San Diego Marriott Marquis. Specific slip location to be advised.
Fee:$100.00 for adults and children 12 and older; $53.00 for children 4-11 years. There is no charge for children under 3 years.

Daily Tours with the Companion Program

Monday - Friday, July 10-14

Please click here to see the extensive offering of Companion Program tours, also available to symposium registrants. Note throughout that some of the tours have registration via the symposium site, and for others, attendees are asked to register directly through the tour operator.