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Title: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on March 13, 2022, 02:13:20 PM
Hi Jammers,
I got to speak with Mr. Mike today. He said,
"As of today March 13th, there is no reason why we can't have the jam."
So the Jam is on!
I have most of the regular Jammer's cell numbers and will contact you via a text soon.
The Ham Jam is just a little extra fun to have at Near-Fest.
Ham Jam is an "Open to all" get together.
Happening Friday night!
Do you play an Instrument or sing?
Or Just come and listen...


Any question or comments, please post here.

Save some money, Order your Tickets Ahead!
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on March 19, 2022, 01:45:06 PM
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Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: DrOptigan on March 25, 2022, 03:32:28 AM
Any idea whether or not we'll be able to use the inside of the Entertainment Building, or if we'll have to use the stage outside again? Hopefully, we can at least get them to turn on the lights if we end up jamming outside again. In any case, should be fun!  :)
-Adam KB1YTN
aka the guy who may or may not be hauling along the Big Red Farfisa?
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on March 28, 2022, 02:18:06 PM
Hi Adam,
Yes, Mr. Mike said we may be using a different building this time. But yes, we will be indoors.

73's
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: KB1NZN on April 07, 2022, 05:44:32 PM
Hey Jammers!

I just want to give you guys a heads up that I will probably not be able to supply sound gear for the jam. Most of my gear will be set up supporting the streaming component of the forums. This streaming thing is pretty cool, but it's sucking up a lot of my time and resources. I am hoping as things evolve eventually it will have it's own gear and not be using as much of mine and my time producing the streaming sessions. I know there are people willing to help once we have more stable and predictable gear setups, and we are a step closer to that this spring.

We spent a fair amount of money in the last few months starting to obtain the necessary components but we have only obtained video gear so far, which is going to be a vast improvement over what we had last fall. For now though I am still supplying all the sound gear (speakers, mixers, audio cables, microphones), 2 computers and 3 monitors to make forums happen. It will probably take another year or two before funding is available to purchase all the necessary gear so the forums can stand on their own and be able to produce a reliable, quality product with reasonable PHD (push here dummy) simplicity.

I'll be around though and if I'm not flat on my face after a busy day I'll stop in at the jam for a listen.

73,

-Ben


Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 09, 2022, 08:11:33 PM
Thanks for checking in Ben! No worries, I will bring a PA for the Jam.
It's getting close..........

73's
Rick
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: n1bus on April 12, 2022, 10:53:26 AM
Hello everyone, I plan to have an extra mike stand that can be used for the jam. I also should have some extra mike cables, XLR type, and plan to bring my 5 watt amp and my 10 watt amp. I also should have 2 extra microphones. The extra microphones require phantom power and I do have an adapter for them if the PA system doesn't  have phantom power.
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Adam KB1MRJ on April 20, 2022, 11:28:12 PM
Hi all, I'm planning to attend JamFest as usual.  I'll bring a cajon (loved playing it last time!) and some kind of keyboard rig.  Got an extra mike and stand as well.  I'm going to reach out to Bri as well; see if we can't maybe get him back into the fun!
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 26, 2022, 06:32:31 PM
Hi Everyone, I'll be bringing the PA and 4 Boom Mic stands and 4 Pro. Wireless Mics
So no need to bring any mics or stands.
Please bring your own small amp for your guitar, Key, ext.
If anyone has any questions post them here.
Let's have a great Near-fest!

Rick
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: AA2OZ on April 27, 2022, 11:24:43 AM

Wow, it's finally that time of year again.
New Building!
Inside!
Heated! (hopefully)

Time to dust off the old Les Paul and make some noise!
My space is limited and I probably won't be selling this time.
I can bring along an extra guitar or amp. If anyone needs one, let me know.

John G - now AC2XN (long story, but don't forget to renew your ham license folks)...
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Bri on April 27, 2022, 06:24:38 PM
Hello Jamsters,
I will be there
I look forward to seeing and playing with you all! It's been way too long!
I'll be bringing a small amp that does not go to 11 but does go to 12, a mic, mic stand and cables of course.

All of my lyrics/chord sheets are now on an iPad and I use an app called Songbook which can sync up with other Apple or Android devices (laptops/phone/tablets) so we can all see the chords/lyrics. Failing that if there's a projector we might be able to project on a wall.

Either way I'll be dragin' my ass there  (sound of crickets chirping)

See you all on Friday!,

Bri


Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: AA2OZ on April 27, 2022, 10:02:30 PM
Bri!
Welcome back.
Of course, now I need I need to scour the flea market Friday to find a knob that goes to 13. Otherwise, I might not be loud enough ;).
See everyone soon.
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 28, 2022, 01:28:44 AM
Ok, This is starting to sound like a party!!!!

Bill M. got the e-drums, I have a decent size pa with plenty of mics and stands!
Welcome back to the party Brian!!!
I will need a bit of help moving pa stuff tho!
Gonna setup close to the new jam building. So easy in and easy out with the PA.
If anyone has any questions..... Now is the time!
Post them here!

Again, thank you Mr. Mike & Team!


Rick Allen,
KA1VNJ
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on April 30, 2022, 06:47:15 PM
Wow, Another great Nearfest! Yes, a bit windy on friday...
Fun jam! Nice to be in a warm buiding again!
Great job everyone!
Thank you Mr. Mike & Team!
Fall will be here before you know it....
See you all again soon!


Thank You!
Rick Allen
KA1VNJ
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Bri on May 01, 2022, 10:59:05 AM
Hey all,
I'd post the recording I did of the jam but it's way over the size limit.
It's mostly the first 4 hours trimmed down without the 40 min. level adjustments by the players and removing dead air and go nowhere noodling.

I'll see if I can chop it up into chunks so I can.

Bri
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: W1RC on May 01, 2022, 01:56:53 PM
Bri, Rick, et al!

Glad to read the Jam went well.  As usual I was dead tired and crashed relatively early.  I am not sure what building we will be using in the Fall but will let you know when it has been determined.

Have a great summer, all!

MisterMike.
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: DrOptigan on May 03, 2022, 12:33:07 AM
A great jam was had by all! Thanks to everyone who made it, or tried to make it, and put up with my singing and keyboard playing. The room definitely had a fair amount of resonance to it, but we still managed to make it (mostly) work.

Hey all,
I'd post the recording I did of the jam but it's way over the size limit.
It's mostly the first 4 hours trimmed down without the 40 min. level adjustments by the players and removing dead air and go nowhere noodling.

I'll see if I can chop it up into chunks so I can.

Bri

I would be interested in that recording, as usual. Meant to set up my own recorder, but wasn't sure where I'd put it. Will have to invest in a little tripod, methinks. I know Rick had a GoPro camera recording, and I'd be interested in seeing some of that as well.

Bri, Rick, et al!

Glad to read the Jam went well.  As usual I was dead tired and crashed relatively early.  I am not sure what building we will be using in the Fall but will let you know when it has been determined.

Have a great summer, all!

MisterMike.

Yeah, it was an interesting experience. Oddest part was not having much seating, and not being able to use the chairs near the seminar area didn't help. Granted, we didn't have too many people watching us this time, but that may not be the case next time around, and it'd be nice if they had places to sit. In any case, I can't wait for the next jam, wherever it might be held.
-Adam
aka the guy who may be bringing the Big Red Farfisa next time
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Bri on May 03, 2022, 06:05:55 PM
I can't say a great time was had by all.

It's too bad some people couldn't behave and respect other players. I thought musicians were above pettiness.....but I guess not.

Sad really because there are some great musicians that come to NearFest. However many stay away from the jam because the jam is just an "altered state" fueled testosterone volume war. I'm not throwing stones because I've done the same in the past. If I couldn't fight it, I'd join it.

That's no longer my attitude. We're all getting older and I'm not interested in leaving crappy jam performances for future festers to hear. I'd rather leave something where people think "Well, that was ok; I'll go and have some fun and meet some new players"

I truly appreciate Rick bringing the PA but because of the acoustics of the hall and the volume wars it was overkill. He did his best. When the volume would go to 11 he would bring up the mics and then the amps went to 11. Rinse and repeat.

I would propose in the future there be a 2 part jam where part 1 would start @ 7pm or earlier with minimal PA, acoustic instruments and for those with electronic instruments: LOW POWERED/LOW VOLUME amplifiers.

Part 2 could start @ 9pm for the volume 11 crowd. Why 11? because it's 1 louder than 10.
And to some that makes sense.

One other thing: Who was the young lady that was trying to sing with us?
She had a very good voice when we could hear it over the volume war.

Last thing:The recording is way to big (@170mb) to upload here and I'm just not interested in spending a bunch of time editing out the dead air and garbage. If you want the file give me drop access to your google drive/Dropbox/whatever account and I'll send it. It's the first 3 hours of I believe 5 hours) of mind numbing material.
 
Just my 2 cents, your milage may vary.


Bri
Title: Re: Ham Jam!
Post by: Whoz Your Daddy on May 08, 2022, 02:40:18 AM
Always room for improvement.... no doubt... At least we were inside..,warm & all hanging together.
I'm Greatful,