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NEAR-Fest XXIV Schedule of Events
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:19:32 PM »
NEAR-Fest XXIV Schedule of Events   

Friday, October 12.

6:00 AM: Fairgrounds opens for Blue (Staff) and Yellow (Commercial) Vendors ONLY.  Commercial buildings open and set up commences. 

8:00 AM: Fairgrounds opens for Clubs & Associations passholders only to occupy their traditional spaces.  NO "FOR SALE" ITEMS DISPLAYED OR SELLING IS PERMITTED UNTIL 9:00AM!

9:00 AM: Pre-Paid Entry, opens for RED ticket and passholders only.  Once the Pre-Paid entry line has entered the General Admission line will enter.  Flea Market and Tailgating buying and selling commences.  Please note our flea market parking policy:

This is the ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING, see map for location.

Forums, Seminars and Lectures

10:30 AM: PORTABLE STATION PLANNING AND DESIGN with Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC.  Fred will share the design, construction, and operation of computer controlled, portable satellite ground stations. Three different stations will be described, all of which provide a range of options between portability and performance. Details on using solar power, switchable polarity, FM/Linear operation, L-band (1.2 GHz) uplinks, and computer tracking will be covered. Finally, details on planning and making contacts with the International Space Station will be discussed.  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

11:00 PM: THE NEW ENGLAND TECH TREK (NET2) opens in the Arts and Crafts Building (located across the road from the Administration Bldg.

. ARRL members in the New England Division are receiving ballots for the New England Division Director Election in which Fred Hopengarten K1VR is challenging incumbent Tom Frenaye K1KI. This is the first contested Director election in New England in some 20 years. Tom, long time NE Director, has served on various committees and knows his way around ARRL Board meetings. Fred is a communications attorney and is the go-to person when it comes to amateur radio and the law. Both are very active contesters. Who should you choose? That's the purpose of this forum. Both candidates will give a short talk outlining their experience and what they will bring to the job. This will be followed by questions from the attendees.  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

1:00 PM: POWER LINE RFI with Tom Murphy, W6TOM. You fire up 20 meters and there is that tell-tale crackling noise - the dreaded power line noise! Tom is a 29-year veteran of Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE) where he worked in the communications department dealing with this and other radio related problems. He will detail how to find power line noise and how to get it fixed. (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

2:30 PM: SPY RADIOS with Tom Perera, W1TP and Michael Crestohl, W1RC. There have always been spies around to learn the well-hidden secrets of nations and even corporations. Long before the days of cell and satellite phones, the well-equipped spy had a miniature shortwave transceiver to ?phone home? the secrets he learned. Tom and Mike will talk about and demonstrate some of these little marvels which were produced a half a century before anyone knew about the KX2!  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

3:30 PM: THE NATIONAL COMPANY: HISTORY, RADIOS, STORIES AND FRIENDS with George Maier, W1LSB.  This presentation traces the history of the National Company from its beginning to the day it shut down. Along the journey, we'll take a look at the radios they produced, talk about some of the people that designed them, and share a few stories gathered while attending the annual company reunions.(Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

4:30 PM: MORE ON THE R-390A AND NATIONAL HRO RECEIVERS with George Rancourt, K1ANX.  Better arrive early as this is always a packed house!  George will discuss these venerable receivers, focusing on R-390A RF deck alignment and details on the German, Swiss and New Zealand versions of the National HRO receiver. He will also show off a couple of spy radios from his collection.  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

7:00 PM: NEAR-Fest's Legendary Ad-Hoc "Ham-Jam Session" (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

For full details see:

Saturday, October 13.

9:00 AM: HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONS CARRYING AMATEUR RADIO with Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC.  This presentation will cover High Altitude Balloon projects, including equipment, tracking, flight planning, launch, recovery and post-flight data analysis. Video footage from previous flights, including footage from the edge of space, will be included.  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

10:30 AM: SETTING UP YOUR FIRST HF STATION with Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP.  This will be a presentation about setting up a station to get on HF, oriented to the newcomer to HF. Details will include equipment, antennas and location.  (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

Licensing Examinations

10:30 AM:Volunteer Exam Session conducted by Bruce Anderson, W1LUS and the NEAR-Fest VE Team  The exam session is located in the Meeting Room (in the Arts & Crafts Building) right across from the flagpole.  The entrance is around the back of the building (see map)

The Volunteer Examination session begins at 10:30 sharp.  Be sure to have two forms of identification (one with photo), original and one copy of your Amateur license (if you have one), documentation and $15.00 exam fee ready.  For more information on the Volunteer exams or if you are a ARRL accredited VE wishing to help, please contact the VE Coordinator at  Despite what it says on the ARRL Web site, pre-registration is not required.  Just show up and give it your best shot.  Try the higher level exams even if you don't feel you are ready - you never least you'll know what to expect the next time.    Good luck!

Closing Ceremony

2:00 PM: Closing Ceremony, Awards and Door Prize Drawing.  The Grand Prize this time is an ICOM IC-7100 HF transceiver.  Runner up to the Grand Prize is a dual band Digital (DMR) and analog portable radio. (Located in the Relaxation Grove, see map)

More than simply a prize drawing, this is the time we honor individuals, present updates to the NEAR-Fest mission, and provide a little insight as to what lies ahead. See a list of past LIFETIME PASS recipients:

See you all at Deerfield bright and early Friday morning!


Mitch Stern, W1SJ,
Forums Chairman