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NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by Bri on Yesterday at 08:08:54 PM »
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NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by Bri on Yesterday at 08:07:38 PM »
Hey Everyone,
I agree with Adam. I think it went pretty well and I had a great time.
My dogs sure were paying for it the next few days but it was worth it.
I haven't listened yet to the recording to hear what carnage we created or if we summoned the devil but I will by the weekend.
I'll put up a link to the file should anyone want to play it backwards to hear Paul is dead or "cranberry sauce"
I did take only a few pics. Seems I was up there a lot this time.

NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by DrOptigan on October 17, 2017, 03:34:06 PM »
*pokes his head out from the fallout shelter*

Wow, what a show! ;D Thanks to Bri, Ben, and everyone else involved with the shindig, not to mention everyone in the audience who put up with my singing and keyboard-playing. I think it went pretty well overall. Bri, I can all but guarantee that I'll have an axe to bring to the next gig which is uglier than yours, in at least one way..........  ;)
aka Dr. Weird Optigan
NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Jam info and a call for new blood
« Last post by Bri on October 11, 2017, 12:45:08 PM »
Hey NEAR-Festers,
It's great to know the usual gang of players will be there for the fest and jam!
The weather looks great. Not to cold and no liquid sunshine is in the forecast.

The PA load-in to the Entertainment building will be at 7pm.
If we all show up to help it should take about 15-20 minutes to bring all the PA gear Ben needs to set up.
After the PA’s set we can start setting up our equipment.

Please remember to bring extra: Talent; For Gods sake someone bring some, cause I'm all out. Batteries, mic/instrument cables, strings, picks, sheet music you want others to play, music/instrument, mic stands, power strips, music stands and anything else you think you might need

I love playing with everyone but I do hope we get some new players and singers too.
We need to carry on this tradition and pass it on to the next generation.
Lets appease the Near-Fest gods by supplying new blood. Attendees and players alike.

If you know someone with an interest in any of the following then bring them to Near-Fest!!
Radios, Electronics, Maker Fair, Digital printing, Audio, Welding-brazing, Antique radio, Woodworking, Hunting, Lasers, Airplanes, Vintage audio gear, Test equipment, Chemistry, Ham gear, Robots, Radio controlled (heli, plane, boat, car), Optics, Lab equipment, System control, NASA, Electric vehicles,  Solar power, Technology in medicine, Fabrication, Media installation, Vintage computers, Audio and video recording, Automotive electronics, Physics, Vinyl records……

Look I could sit here all day to add to this list and it wouldn’t be complete. That’s because we’re a very diverse group with an insanely wide craving for technology.
At Near-Fest you’ll meet some of the most interesting people in the world; All with some common interest. I’ve had conversations with hackers, surgeons, poets, college professors, pilots, military personnel, musicians and expert trades people from all walks of life. Often the knowledge spills over to another subject and now your interested in yet another subset you didn’t know you wanted to gain knowledge in.

All I’m saying is try to coax a friend or a family member to come join us. The more people we bring the better it gets.

Hope to see you at the Fest,

NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by n1iro on October 11, 2017, 04:35:03 AM »
The McGrath brothers from Vermont will be there. 

Rick, please bring your awesome e-kit, and I will try to remember my headphones.
It will be good to see everyone.  I don't think Raj is coming this time.

-Bill (and Scott)

PS - I finally got myself registered on the forums so I can post instead of just lurking.  Thanks to everyone (especially Brian) for pulling this together.
NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by AA2OZ on October 10, 2017, 03:17:47 AM »
Glad you are feeling better. I hope you bring the Klingon dog - I might leave the expensive pedals at home just in case.
I'll be there. My back is still messed up so I will probably leave the Les Paul and heavy homebrew amp at home and bring lighter stuff. I will probably have a few amps for sale so if someone needs to borrow one I will have one available.
See you all there.
--John G.
NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by Whoz Your Daddy on October 10, 2017, 12:17:23 AM »
ugly misfit guitar???
I'll just bring one of the guitars I bought from you at the fest over the years! 8)
Looking forward to hanging out will everyone.....
NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Free boatanchor clinic
« Last post by K1QAR on October 09, 2017, 03:40:39 PM »

If you're man enough to bring it, I'll align/troubleshoot for free at the Aesop Engineering/K1QAR Clinic table.   Those radios were meant to play, not sit and decay.

Series lightbulb setup for smoke-free initial power ups.  Condenser checker to catch leaky filter caps before they explode.   Oscilloscope for detection of such things as dead stages, oscillator waveform quality.  Sweep generator for IF bandwidth tests.    Tube  Checker for those who don't want to bring in the whole radio.   Interference willing, may attempt 2-way contacts with a magnetic loop.   For best alignment results, it is recommended that you power tube equipment up for a week prior to bringing it in. Lets the tube heat dry out condensers and resistors to their "working" rather than their "wet" values.

Also will be demoing prototype mobile 5' x 3'  magnetic loop kW transmitting antenna. 
NEAR-Fest XXII - October 13 & 14, 2017 / Re: Near-Fest Jam XXII
« Last post by Bri on October 07, 2017, 08:39:59 PM »
I will try to work on I fought the law but I offer no guarantee.
Bobby Fuller's version or Clash?

Please bring your Electro-Kit !
..........Unless you want a certain person to bring a Casio drum machine from the 80's
and rock like it's Super Mario World.

Soooo, Hooz gunna be there?

I'm bringing my ugly misfit guitar to play.
I challenge all to bring something uglier (No spouses, siblings or significant others, only musical instruments)

See you all at the Fest,

Getting Here: Directions, Food, Camping, Lodging, etc. / Re: camping and parking passes
« Last post by W1RC on October 07, 2017, 05:58:56 PM »
Shriners have not been involved since 2012.
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