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Interesting and humourous film about inventors and their inventions from 1977.

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NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Staying sane
« Last post by Bri on May 13, 2020, 02:05:29 PM »
Just checkin' in to see if everyone is keeping it real and staying sane.
In my area people are driving wild doing 90 on the S.E. Xway and Massholes are yelling at kids cause they can't get their ice cream in under 5 minutes. To those people who are acting that way:

If you drink, maybe you should stop.
If you don't drink, maybe you should start.
Better yet fire up a bowl of herb, sit back, put on a record (those 12" round black things we use to use way back when we wanted to hear music) and try to relax and consider that everyone around you are going through similar stresses.

NEAR-Fest XXVIII - October 16 & 17 2020. / How to Read Bar Codes
« Last post by W1RC on May 08, 2020, 09:18:17 PM »
HOW TO READ BAR CODES...(very good to know)]


With all the food and pet products now coming from China it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and, especially Walmart. when buying food products.  Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.

It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin.

How to read Bar Codes

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.

The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods".
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China? Yes!

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN  CHINA.

471 is Made in Taiwan.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA", so they don't show from which country it is made.

However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 ... then it is MADE IN  CHINA
00 - 09 ..  USA  &  CANADA
30 - 37   FRANCE
40 - 44  GERMANY
471 - TAIWAN
49 - JAPAN
50 - UK
BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Thanks to my friend Dave Schneider, K2IJY, for passing this along.........
NEAR-Fest XXVIII - October 16 & 17 2020. / To the NEAR-Fest Community......
« Last post by W1RC on May 04, 2020, 02:22:36 PM »
Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest:

We are all in an unprecedented situation!   As you all know by now Emergency Order No. 26 issued by the governor of NH on April 4th, 2020 decreed that NEAR-Fest XXVII would not take place as scheduled on May 1st and 2nd.  I am glad that the decision was made for us but had it not been so ordered I would have cancelled the fester without hesitation because it simply is not safe or wise to have a hamfest at this point in the Coronavirus timeline.   NEAR-Fest XXVII will not be rescheduled.  We are now moving forward to NEAR-Fest XXVIII which is scheduled for October 16th and 17th 2020. 

Obviously it is too early to speculate on whether or not it will actually take place.  The Fair Association is preparing for their annual fair that will take place October 1st - 4th. Notwithstanding, I can tell you right now if I am not fully confident that our staff, exhibitors, vendors, attendees and the local townspeople will be safe if we come to Deerfield in October the Fall Fester simply will not happen.  In this case the “next one” will be NEAR-Fest XXIX on April 30th and May 1st, 2021. Rest assured, no matter when it takes place, there will be a “next one.”

Of course this event has affected us financially because, despite the reason, we still have financial commitments and obligations we must meet.  Coupled with our lower-than-average attendance in 2019, mainly because of weather issues, real and perceived, our treasury is low and needs to be replenished.  In order to do this we have decided to begin selling advance admission tickets to NEAR-Fest XXVIII starting on May 15th, 2020. 

Regretfully, we have no choice but to increase the price of admission purchased on site to $15.00 per person.  Inside parking passes will remain $10.00.  However if you purchase your tickets and parking passes in advance you will only pay the traditional amount of $10.00 for admission that has been in effect since 2007.  The Fair Association has advised us there will be no changes to the camping/tent fees this year.

In the event that NEAR-Fest XXVIII has to be cancelled any advance tickets and passes purchased will be honored at the next NEAR-Fest, whenever it may take place. It’s like the Post Office sells “Forever” stamps.  By buying them now you are investing in the future of NEAR-Fest as the premier radio enthusiast event in the Northeast and helping to ensure our survival.

Additionally we are creating a special new “VIP Pass” that will allow the holder certain perks like early entry (0800) for themselves and a guest that is valid for the lifetime of the purchaser at a cost of $250.00.   Should you wish to make a donation of $100.00 or more NEAR-Fest is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is able to issue a receipt for tax purposes. 

As an added incentive we will be holding a special door prize drawing for advance ticket buyers for an Xiegu G90 HF 20W SDR transceiver valued at “around $500.00.” To be eligible you must buy your tickets before 11:59PM on Thursday October 15th 2020. Drawing will take place on Friday, October 16th at 4:00PM and the winner does not need to be present to win. 

Tickets and passes will be available at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem NH (when they reopen to walk-in traffic) and at Ross Hochstrasser's Clock Shop located at 40 Walnut Street, Whitman MA.  Cash only is accepted at these locations.  You may also purchase by mail by sending a check or money order payable to NEAR-Fest (and a SASE please) to NEAR-Fest, 316 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead MA 01945.  Please do not send cash.  Prize draw stubs will be filled in at time of purchase and retained so they may be entered in the special and regular prize drawing.  Tickets will be mailed in early October so please do not send mail orders after October 1st.  The “VIP Pass” will only be sold by mail order.

Thank you for your understanding, support and investment in the future of our beloved NEAR-Fest.


Michael Crestohl, W1RC
Benevolent Dictator,
New England Amateur Radio Festival, Inc,

Multimedia / World’s Worst Ham Radio Operater
« Last post by W1RC on April 18, 2020, 02:54:22 PM »

Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH spent 10 years as the lead enforcement agent for Amateur Radio at the FCC before he retired in 2008. He was effective, personable, and as you'll see in this talk at the Dayton Hamvention® in 2007... This is what Riley had to say about VE7KFM at Dayton in 2007.  FUNNY. This is really a stand-up comedy routine. I've titled it 'One Big Knob."

Here is the whole presentation.....

After Riley retired in 2008 Laura Smith took over as head of amateur enforcement.   KFM wasted jo,time in attacking her as well:

This guy is one sick puppy...
NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: I’ve got a lot to do!
« Last post by Bri on April 18, 2020, 01:46:49 PM »
My wife and I have been making masks for about 2 weeks now. She joined the "Mask Crusaders" A group of people who are making masks for front line workers in all industries. They've donated @ 9000 masks nationwide. I do the cutting and kit building and she does the sewing. It keeps us busy and it gives us purpose. Plus it's nice to know it can help people.

NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: I’ve got a lot to do!
« Last post by KB1NZN on April 17, 2020, 05:41:49 AM »
My wife Jen just found an unopened box of 50 CVS face masks (not N95 ones) that had been tucked away for a while. She grabs some of these items when she can get them for free or nearly free using her CVS bucks, so most likely we paid nothing for them. She donated about a dozen to the people at Town Hall  because they hadn't been able to get any, and I have about a half dozen in my office at work but we're holding on to the rest for now. We usually have at least little of almost everything. The question is can we find it at the time we need it!


NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: I’ve got a lot to do!
« Last post by ab1dd on April 16, 2020, 02:12:48 PM »
Here in Vermont a guy was selling masks that he bought for $.10 to a hospital for $2.50! He is in a little trouble. You can see the story here
Or go to the WCAX website.
Oh, BTW, he is a ham!!

NEAR-Fest XXVII - May 1 & 2 2020 / Re: I’ve got a lot to do!
« Last post by Bri on April 15, 2020, 11:09:38 PM »
So I found a roll of toilet paper and it said 3000 sheets per roll.
It felt a bit light so I counted each sheet. To be sure I counted it 9 times.
I'm 4 sheets short, I'm gonna sue when this madness is over.

I'll leave you with this:

Yesterday I went to my doctor for reoccurring issue.
When I walked in he said I'll need a stool sample, a urine sample and a blood sample.
So I gave him my underwear.

Stay safe. Now go wash your hands! :D

The ARRL New England ARRL Convention, also known as “Boxborough” and Northeast HamXposition has been rescheduled.  Here is the official announcement.

Hello All,
I hope this messages finds you safe and healthy. After long consideration the convention committee has decided to postpone the 2020 convention to the week of November 6 through 8.
There are several reasons for this, the first and foremost is the health and well-being of our attendees.  In addition, there are many logistical problems with holding the convention
in July, even under the most favorable conditions of the pandemic emergency being over by then.
1. We believe it is unlikely that the state's ban on large gatherings will be completely lifted by the end of July.
2. Even if it were, we believe attendance will be severely impacted due to lingering (and quite appropriate caution).
3. Almost all of our exhibitors are unwilling to commit to anything prior to June.
4. The convention is subject to penalties for cancellation. The penalties increase as we get closer to the convention date. By moving to November, we move out the schedule on these penalties. This will allow us to reassess the viability of the convention in early August. By then we will have further insight into prevailing conditions.
5. The November weekend was the only one available to us - and could be lost to another group if we did not act on it.
We know that many look forward to attending each year, and have probably grown weary of all the cancellations of events like these. However, given the reality of the situation, we believe it is in everyone's best interest to postpone.
Stay safe & 73,
Bob - K1IW
Northeast HamXposition 2020
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