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NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: Ham Jam
« Last post by DrOptigan on October 11, 2023, 10:05:37 PM »
I should be there as (un)usual. Might even bring the Big Red Farfisa back around! Should be a fun jam. See ya's there! :)
-Adam KB1YTN
aka Dr. Optigan
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: Ham Jam
« Last post by AA2OZ on October 10, 2023, 08:26:43 PM »
Great, I'm glad more people are chiming in. It will be nice to have an actual real bass player again.
I am expecting to be in the camping area Thursday night so if anyone wants to hang out or jam feel free.
I did not get any bites on the high dollar items that I posted earlier so I will be bringing some other items at more ham friendly prices, so bring cash! I will have a couple basses, some smaller tube amps and probably a guitar or two, as well as some radio boat anchors.
If any other equipment is needed for the jam, let me know.
Will we be in the same building this time?

-Albany Johnny G  -AC2XN
NEAR-Fest XXXIV - October 13 & 14 2023 / Re: Ham Jam
« Last post by n1iro on October 10, 2023, 06:13:26 PM »
I'll be bringing the drum set, of course.  Looks like Scott and Raj will be coming this time as well.

It will be fun as usual.

-Vermont Bill McGrath
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.
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