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NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / FOOD AT NEAR-Feat
« Last post by W1RC on Yesterday at 07:55:16 AM »
I am pleased to announce that the Church Ladies will be back at NEAR-Fest this time.
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Prize Drawing News?
« Last post by W1RC on Yesterday at 07:53:58 AM »
Thanks to our friends at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem NH there will be TWO grand prize drawings, one Friday at5:00PM and the other Saturday at 2:00PM at the Relaxation Grove.  Grand prizes are YAESU FT-891 HF/6M transceivers.
Second grand prize to be drawn on Saturday is a SDRPlay DX SDR radio thanks to Steve Nridgeman at SDRPlay.

Winners must be present Friday to win.  Saturday they do not.


NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Food at Near-fest
« Last post by Elky on September 22, 2022, 09:52:27 AM »
Will the Polish Kitchen be at the grounds this fall?  They have some good food.
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / The Ham Jam
« Last post by Whoz Your Daddy on September 19, 2022, 08:01:46 PM »
Hi Jammers, It's September!
Time to start thinking about the Next Near-fest!
It's October 14 & 15, 2022!

That also means Ham Jam!
Welcome all musicians &/or singers!

Thanks to Mr. Mike & Team we will have a nice warm building for Jammers and audience.
So even if you don't play come join us!
Usually, we start around 8:00pm friday!
Any question or comments post here!
Hope to see you all for another great NearFest!


Friday Night NEAR-Fest HamJam!
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Taking a VE License Exam? READ THIS!
« Last post by W1RC on September 15, 2022, 03:16:47 AM »
Exam Session will be one license exam session:
Saturday, 10:00 AM
FCC Registration Number (FRN): Examinees are required by the FCC to submit their FRN with their license application form. New license applicants must create an FCC user account and register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions. Registrants will be assigned an FRN which is used in all license transactions with the FCC.
For instructions on how to register your SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the CORES Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page. Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the application form to receive FCC correspondence, including the official copy of your Amateur Radio license.

2. One legal photo ID (identification):
a. State Driver?s License
b. Government issued Passport
c. Military or Law Enforcement Officer Photo ID card
d. Student School Photo ID card
e. State Photo ID card

3. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
a. Non-photo State ID card (some states still have them)
b. Birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
c. Social security card
d. Employer's wage statement or Minor's work permit
e. School ID card
f. School or Public Library card
g. Utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.

4. Students/minors without a photo ID need to bring only one of the above items if a legal guardian presents their photo ID; otherwise two non-photo IDs are required. ARRL will reimburse the one-time FCC application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the ARRL VEC program. Candidates younger than 18-years old pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam. Visit the Youth Licensing Grant Program  web page for more information and for the reimbursement instructions. Minor children (under the age of 18) may be accompanied in the room by an adult during the test.

5. If applicable, bring a printed copy of your Amateur Radio license or be able to show proof of the license in the official FCC database. Acceptable copies or printouts of licenses are available from the following sources: the official license or reference license printed from the FCC website or license data printed from the ARRL website or QRZ website. The original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by the FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The candidate is required to show proof of the current license to the team. Expired license proof must be submitted to the team and to the VEC for processing to FCC. These photocopies will not be returned. Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on the Obtain License Copy web page.

6. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen for in-person sessions.
7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.
8. Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session $15 Fee ($5 for under 18)

9. Be aware that some information about you will be made publicly available on the FCC's website (FCC Licensee Privacy) including a felony conviction status. All applicants must answer the Basic Qualification Question (felony conviction status question) on the 605 Form at the exam session. Applicants that answer "YES" for the question must follow these FCC procedures: FCC qualification question instructions
Mister Mike’s Hot Cars / Toyota Prius Touring Edition
« Last post by W1RC on September 11, 2022, 03:44:16 AM »
The Toyota Prius Touring Edition is a very rare variant.  It offers a tuned suspension system that gives the car better handling characteristics, larger wheels and wheel covers, HID headlamps, foglights as well as a slightly different spoiler on the rear deck.  There are no badges or other markings on a Touring Edition Prius which makes identification difficult. It is interesting because I have seen many cars offered for sale as a Touring Edition vehicle when they were, in fact, a base model that had been unscrupulously modified to look like one,
     The purpose of this page is to dispel the bullshit and lies regarding this variant so that the reader can identify this rare and desirable varient so they don?t get ripped off if they want to buy one.
     First of all the touring models were only made for three model years, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  They have 16 inch wheels (base models have 15 inch wheels).  The suspension is different but it is very difficult to discern this if you don?t know what to look for.  The spoiler on the rear hatchback deck is noticeably different but again, the difference is subtle and hard to identify as a Touring Edition car.
     Some unscrupulous sellers actually install 16 inch wheels on a base model with lots if options in an attempt to deceive buyers. A genuine Touring Edition Prius is subject to the same option packages scam as other models so having the highest level package does not mean anything.  Since there is no special badging or otherwise visual identification of a Touring Edition how can you tell?  Well, my friends, here is what you need to know.

1. The vehicle must be registered as a 2007, 2008 or 2009 year model.
2, Sometimes dealers will swap the wheels but if you look in the driver door jam there is a sticker that has the original tire size and recommended air pressure. If it shows 185/65 R15, it is not a touring model. In order to be a Touring Edition model the sticker must the show tire size as P195/55 R16.  The 16 inch wheel covers have seven points and their part number is 42602-47040.  The stock 15 inch covers have only six points.
3. Look under the car from the rear. On either side you will see where the struts attach to the rear suspension beam. Just above the attachment point if they are original equupment there are two painted stripes on the strut tube.
The Touring Edition Prius has a pink stripe and a red stripe.  The coil spring may have some blue paint dots on the coils.  The Prius Base model has a blue stripe and a red stripe on the shocks.
4, Call Toyota Customer service at 800-331-4331  8  5. Give them the VIN; they should be able to tell you if it is indeed a Touring Edition Prius or not.

For  further information read this article:
Mister Mike’s Hot Cars / Re: Toyota Prius Gen 2 Basic Information Page
« Last post by W1RC on September 11, 2022, 03:04:12 AM »
First-gen. Toyota Prius (2000-2003)
Second-gen. Toyota Prius (2003-2009)
Third-gen. Toyota Prius (2010-2015)
Toyota Prius Prime (2012-Present)
Fourth-gen. Toyota Prius (2016-Present)

 Prius manuals

Toyota Customer service     800-331-4331  8  5 Web site: 

Options and Packages

Standard and Optional Equipment

Mister Mike’s Hot Cars / Toyota Prius Gen 2 Resource Page
« Last post by W1RC on September 11, 2022, 03:00:46 AM »
This resource page is for the popular Toyota Prius Hybrid automobile, specifically the Second Generation, abbreviated Gen2, that were were made between 2003 and 2009.  These Prius automobiles are considered by some enthusiasts to be the ?best? of the entire Prius auto production. 
     The number one source for information on all Prius generations is
     In the late winter 2022 gasoline prices peaked at $5.39 a gallon here in the Boston area.  It was even higher in other parts of the country.  It was costing me over $65.00 to fill the tank on my Ford Crown Victoria. My friend Bill, NE1B, who is an electrical engineer has driven a Toyota Prius for over fifteen years and was my primary source of information. In August 2022 I acquired a nice Red 2007 Prius and in September I was fortunate to find a 2007 Red Prius Touring Edition which is a rare variant.  There is a great deal of information available online that helped me familiarize myself with these vehicles and I am happy to share the information and resources I have found here.
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / NEAR-Fest XXXI Video
« Last post by W1RC on September 04, 2022, 08:47:41 AM »
With apologies to Burt, K1OIK, here it is, albeit late, the Official NEAR- Fest XXXI video


73,  MisterMike, W1RC

NEAR-Fest XXXI - April 29 & 30, 2022 / Re: Ham Jam!
« Last post by Whoz Your Daddy on September 03, 2022, 01:57:34 AM »
Hi Everyone, Well September is here!
Time to start thinking about the Next Nearfest!
It's October 14 & 15, 2022!
Yes that means another Ham Jam!

Time to dust off Bill's electronic drums!
Don't forget to pack a guitar strap,....again!
Be prepared there's a couple Adams and a few Johns hanging around!
Let's make this one the best!

Rick Allen
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