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My first Hosstraders (first hamfest ever, really) was the 'flood tide' that was October 2005. Soaky city! Unforgettable, to say the least!
Hard to believe we've been to Deerfield 30 times since then.
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: Ham Jam
« Last post by Adam KB1MRJ on October 10, 2023, 11:49:10 AM »
hey all, I 'think' I'll be coming. Just working out a few logistics...Jersey is a haul from Deerfield. If so, I've got a couple mikes with stands I can toss in along with my keyboard stuff and cajon stool-lol!

on Friday at 4:00 in the Relaxation Grove a Celebration of Life of Dave Hawke, KQ1L, SK, of Augusta Maine, will be held.  Brenda Hawke, K1YFY, is inviting her beloved husband friends to get together to remember him and to celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Dave was very well known for many years in VHF/UHF circles throughout the State of Maine.  He built both the analog and digital repeater networks using his own resources.  Dave also operated several web servers for many amateur radio clubs and organizations including NEAR-Fest and would never accept any compensation or reimbursement.  He did it for the love of the hobby. 
Dave is sadly missed.  With the help of Dave?s friends Brenda is the trustee of Dave?s repeater networks and it their intention to continue and maintain the magnificent networks that Dave created for Maine amateurs,
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Grand and Door Prizes at NEAR-Fest XXXIV
« Last post by W1RC on October 06, 2023, 04:16:11 AM »
Here is the list of door prizes that will be given away at NEAR-Fest XXXIV.  Be sure to fill out your ticket stub and PRINT LEGIBLY, then deposit your stub in the prize draw drum on the stage at the Relaxation Grove.
Ross, W1EKG, and paul W1GTX are the prize drawing committee.  They spend most of their time selling their stuff and hanging out in the flea market in the Relaxation Grove. They draw the hourly prizes and award them to the winners. 

Grand Prize:(2) Yaesu FT-891 160-6m 100 Watt mobile HF transciever. Value $599.99.
Two radios will be given away.  One prize draw on Friday at 5:00 PM in the Relaxation Grove.  Winner must be present.  Will draw three times if no winner will be drawn again on Saturday.  Same rules. If no winner prize will not be awarded this time and retained until the next hamfest in Spring 2024.
One draw on Saturday at 2:00 PM; Winner need not be present.

Door Prizes: There are no unwanted prizes at NEAR-Fest!  Winner may choose their prize from the prize pool.  Winner must be present to win.  Sorry, no proxies.  All winners must show ID.

1.  Gift certificate from Holiday Inn Manchester, Brown Avenue location, for two nights stay valid until October 31st 2024
2.  EMTECH  ZM-2  Manual Antenna Tuning Unit - Z-Match -  Tunes 3.5MHz to 30MHz - 15 watts max. QRP. The ZM-2 may be the best antenna tuner you have ever used because of it's simplicity and ease of tuning.  The ZM-2 does not require an external SWR meter.  It has a visual built-in SWR indicator.  Rated at 15 watts maximum.  If you are into QRP you will love this tuner.
3.  ARRL 2023 Radio Amateur Handbook chapters 1-27 courtesy of ARRL.
4.  Anderson Power Pole kit and bag.  Includes a professional grade PowerPole Crimping Tool + 150 Assorted 15 / 30 / 45 Amp Powerpoles In A Custom Nylon Gear Bag.
5.  Morserino CW Code practice device, choice of built or assembled.  This is a multi-functional device, (keyer, trainer, decoder, even a transceiver, etc).  It is ideal for learning and practicing Morse code, useful for everybody from beginner to high speed pro.  The kit is easy to build even for the first-time kit builder. Comes with capacitive touch paddles.
6.  SDR play RSP1A SDR receiver. The RSP1A covers the complete radio spectrum from 1kHz (VLF) to 2GHz (Microwaves) with up to a massive 10MHz visible bandwidth and the companion SDRuno software has all the popular ham bands and shortwave broadcast bands as presets for instant set-up. Courtesy of Ham Radio Outlet, Salem NH.
7.  ARRL  Antenna Book.  The bible. Value $50.00.
8.  ICOM IAB3-DUAL ACC Breakout Box for ICOM.  Supports connection to ICOM ACC1 DIN 13 or DIN 8, the IAB3DUAL makes for easy access to common signals like PTT, ALC, AF, Mod, etc... via 8 X simple 3.5mm jacks. Courtesy of VE2DX  Electronics Inc.
9.  ICOM Accessory IM1-HDMI , ICOM HDMI Interface with CT-17B-Nano Version 2 CI-V Hub with VE2DX TrueTTL/TrueCIV technology for better CI-V managment. it comes with needle displays and 2 bargraph displays, supports 23 different ICOM radios and 4 different communication possibilities (CI-V, Bluetooth, Wifi and USBoIP).  Courtesy of VE2DX  Electronics Inc.
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: Ham Jam
« Last post by AA2OZ on September 26, 2023, 09:38:41 PM »
Awesome! Great poster Rick.
I am in. Let's Rawk.

Possibly off topic - I am finally ready to part with some of my "better" musical stuff. My car space is limited and I don't want to subject some of this gear to unnecessary abuse. If you might be interested in any of the following please let me know by private email at I will be happy to send photos or speak with you by phone. I will need to get pretty close to the asking price so please no really lowball offers on these items. No obligation. I just dont want to drag these around if there is no interest.

-Late 70's Fender Deluxe Reverb. Real deal handwired Fender. Not a PCB reissue. Good "player" condition. Sounds exactly like you would expect.  $1200 firm.

-1965 Ampeg Jet J12. 15W. Original, not reissue. Sounds very cool and has a nice early breaup. EC. $400.

-Early 80's Fender Super 60. US made all tube 60W combo. Immaculate condition. It does the classic loud Fender clean tone very well. $350.

-Early 80's Dean Markley CD-60. 60W all tube combo. Original, not reissue.  Any tone you want is here. VGC, $325.

-Fender Blues Jr. 15W tube combo. I brought this to the last jam. It sounded great when other people played through it! Not too heavy, not too loud. Excellent condition. $350.

-Gibson custom shop ES-139. Black semi-hollowbody single cutaway guitar. Comes with original Gibson gig bag and certificate of authenticity. $1100.

-Fender B-Bender Telecaster. 1995. Very unique American standard Telecaster with a factory installed Parsons-Green B bender. Immaculate condition. $1400.

Possibly more to follow, if I don't get yelled at. See everyone soon!

John AC2XN

NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Ham Jam
« Last post by Whoz Your Daddy on September 21, 2023, 09:29:29 PM »
The "Ham Jam" is just a little extra fun to have at Near-Fest.
Happening Friday night! At Near-fest In Deerfield, NH!
Ham Jam is an "Open to all" get together.
Do you play an Instrument or sing?
Or Just come and listen...
If you have a song or two you'd like to do, post it here.
Keep in mind we have all different skill levels. So if possible bring a lyric & chord sheet for your song(s).
Remember the Ham Jam is all about FUN not perfection!
Bill M! Will be bringing his electronic drum kit . We usually have a few drummers and take turns playing. If you're a drummer and would like to play, just ask.
I will be bringing a PA! (For Electronic drums & a Couple few Mics)
Please bring your SMALL Amp for your instruments. No volume battles Please!
For first timers... Thanks to the Mr. Phil & Near-fest Team we have a nice warm building with plenty of seating for Jammers and audience.
So even if you don't play come join us!
Usually, we start around 8:30pm Friday! (8pm Setup Drums & PA)
Any question or comments post here!
Hope to see you all for another great Near-Fest!

NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: presentations
« Last post by n1bus on September 08, 2023, 12:56:34 PM »
Thanks,I have sent him an email. My thoughts are to make it an interactive forum, having audience participation, that way its not just me giving a boring lecture type presentation. For shopm practices I would like to share some of the little tricks I have found over the years that make things easier and safer.
From Tom Perera W1TP: You might enjoy a look at the talk on "Disappearing Ham Radio History" that I gave at the NE ARRL 2023 conference in Marlboro, MA. It brings back some of the good old days of ham radio:
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: presentations
« Last post by W1RC on September 08, 2023, 02:51:25 AM »
Great idea??. Get in touch with Mitch, W1SJ (
Technical Stuff / Re: How to Convert a MOTOROLA XPR6580 for Amateur Use
« Last post by W1RC on August 22, 2023, 08:52:42 PM »
MOTOTRBO out of band modification for the 800/900 MHz radios, to put them on the 902/927 MHz Analog Ham frequencies. (XPR 6580 & XPR 4580)
Here is a simple, yet effective out-of-band modification for Motorola MOTOTRBO radios. Please note that once this mod is performed, you must use the backup file created for any future editing out of band. Any attempt to read the radio via the CPS will automatically restore default values instead of the incorrect, out of band frequency entries, and the process will have to be repeated.
Perform this mod at your own risk! And please do not ask me for software. Register and purchase the software from Motorola at <>
This process can get a bit tedious and repetitive, but it does work.
1. Download and install {HxD}, an excellent free HEX editor. <>
2. Launch Mototrbo CPS, Read the radio and save the file, and leave the CPS window open.
3. Make any custom changes to the codeplug at this time. (Radio name, Buttons, etc)
4. Go to the ZONE and right-click on ZONE.  Add an Analog channel.
You can name the channel now or later.
5. In RX field, if it does not have 935.000000, then enter that. (6 zeros after decimal point)
6. In TX field, if it does not have 902.000000, then enter that. (6 zeros after decimal point)
7. Launch HxD, Click on ?Extras? > OPEN RAM and click on mototrbocps.exe?.
8. Next, press Control+R (or Search > Replace)
9. Enter 935.000000 in SEARCH FOR and your new Receive frequency in Replace With
Be sure you have 6 places after the decimal point. (Ex: 927.587500)
10. Keep Datatype at text-string, check the Unicode String and All boxes and click Replace All.
11. Click on File> Save (in the HxD utility) when finished.
12. Next, press Control+R (or Search > Replace) again.
13. Enter 902.000000 in Search For and your new Transmit frequency in Replace With
Be sure you have 6 places after the decimal point. (Ex: 902.587500)
14. Click on File> Save (in the HxD utility) when finished.
15. Return to your open CPS program, and make sure the changes took affect in RX & TX fields.
16. Go to Step 4 above and repeat for all channels needed.
17. The next step is to edit your channels for PL/DPL and for Admit Criteria, use Always.
Check the Allow Talkaround box for each channel. Remember, 900 MHz is only 12.5 KHz.
Now SAVE THE FILE under a NEW, different name.
This saved file will now ALWAYS have the modified frequencies and should be used
for any additions.
18. PROGRAM THE RADIO, and Enjoy!
This file can also be used for Cloning another radio of the same type.
Any attempt to read the radio will result in the deletion of all out-of-band frequencies in the radio. It will not be bricked; just the information would be lost. Use the saved file to restore the radio if this happens.
I hope this information was helpful. Lou, WA6EPD
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