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You are correct in saying I had no other option.  At this time I don’t have contracts for 2021.  I didn’t want to ask for one for May because they very well might say no.  The townspeople are concerned about “outside people”bringing the virus  to their community.  I have already requested a contract for October. 

I am confident that October will be a GO!


FYI I am still teaching, in school when there is school live and remote when we are remote. We are mostly live however.
I have a life to live so I am still teaching, I am not going to cower in my shack.
Masking and distance is strictly enforced in school and not one case of in school transmission.
I think Nearfest would be very safe even now as it is an outside event and distancing is no problem.
By May virtually all will be vaccinated, so it will be very safe.
I did not work the census this year because that was NOT safe.
I understand the outside pressures that caused you to cancel Nearfest.
Further hams are not known for taking chances and attendance would be low.
So you really had not choice but to cancel.

« Last post by W1RC on January 15, 2021, 07:07:41 AM »
Spotted on Facebook group Ham Radio Swap & Classified.
Probably sold by now......
Beauty!  $700!  My XYL would kill me.........
Thank God it’s 1500 miles away.
But hell, I could throw a U-Haul on the Crown Vic and..........
NEAR-Fest XXIX - April 30 & May 1 2021 / Re: HAM-CON 2021
« Last post by W1RC on January 14, 2021, 08:04:02 PM »
Gawd, I remember the Milton Hamfest you and “Mister Sandpaper” started to break up the winter monotony in the early 1980s at the high school.  It was always a lot of fun. Now it is Ham-Con and the VT State Convention.  Great idea taking it online.

NEAR-Fest will be there.


NEAR-Fest XXIX - April 30 & May 1 2021 / HAM-CON 2021
« Last post by w1sj on January 14, 2021, 07:37:23 PM »
The rash of cancelled Festers is depressing. It stinks.  Nothing can be done.

But actually there is something which can be done:  Attend HAM-CON!

HAM-CON 2021 is a full On-Line Convention. It will include:
- A fully electronic on-line flea market. Vendors will have cameras on their stuff for you see and peruse
- Rooms where you can meet & greet other attendees. You will be able to see and speak. But no huggy or kissy!
- A great line-up of forums! You will be able to see and hear the speaker and engage in discussion
  We are still working on  the schedule, but so far, there will be forums on ARRL, Kit Building, Digital Modes, Station Setup and others.

Here are the advantages:
- You don't have to travel
- You don't have to wear a silly mask
- You don't even have to get dressed (but do so anyway... Please!)
- And, here's the big one.... It's FREE!

So no, there will not be a jam session, cookouts or campfires or general late night mishegas (ask Mr. Mike if you need a translation of this).  Actually you CAN have a cookout  in your own backyard if you'd like!

HAM-CON will be the opportunity to meet up and network with many other ham radio pals - something we cannot do very well right now.

HAM-CON is located at
(just like in Near-Fest, the hyphen is required)
The show will run 8AM-4PM on Saturday, February 27.

Right now, the site shows the setup and layout of the Convention with some sample (i.e. fake) content.
We will be adding more stuff as time goes on, and will  have a full schedule by the end of the month.
Check on the site in coming weeks for registration - especially if you would like to be a seller at HAM-CON.

HAM-CON is the ARRL Vermont State Convention. It has been running nearly 40 years! Some of you may remember it as the old Milton Hamfest from years ago.

Spread the word.
Ask questions if you need to (

And I hope to see all of you at HAM-CON 2021!

Multimedia / “Bring Amberlamps”
« Last post by W1RC on January 13, 2021, 02:02:05 AM »
Aka the AC (Alameda County) Transit Bus Fight.

The whole story.....

We miss you “Canucks” (of which I am one) too.  Plan for October.  It will be really special with lots of stuff.  Maybe “Joe and the Ho” can do better.  73,  MrM
Thanks for the update Mike, it’s completely understandable but we sure miss this event and seeing our great friends.
The closed border certainly affects our excursions as well. We’ll be there just as soon as we are able.
Cheers de Stu...VE9SM...VE9STU...
Technical Stuff / The ICOM Page
« Last post by W1RC on January 05, 2021, 11:03:54 AM »
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