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Hi Gang!

This article is a work in progress..

     Great news!  Our newly created Prize Committee is going to be totally revamping the drawing and prize giveaway process.  The committee consists of Ross, W1EKG, Paul, W1GTX and myself.  We are totally revamping the entire process with the premise that no one should have to take home a prize that they do not want. 
     We see it at all events that have door prize drawings, like...We are now drawing for an ARRL Handbook...and the winner is..Fred Schmendrick!  This is all well and good because many of the prizes at events like NEAR- Fest are donated but what if Fred already has a handbook?  We are going to try to make sure that anyone who wins a door prize at NEAR-Fest will receive something they want and can use.  The prizes Committee has been given a liberal budget to buy prizes that we know our attendees will want and be happy to take home. 
     Without going into great detail there will be two categories of prizes, Grand Prizes and Door Prizes.  Grand Prizes will be drawn at 5:00PM Friday and 2:00 PM Saturday.  There will be a Prize Pool of door prizes with winning tickets drawn throughout the days.  Winners will present themselves at a pre-announced place where someone drop the Committee will be present.  After checking their tickets the winners will be allowed to choose which prize they wish to take from available items in the Pool.  Naturally the earlier someone collects their prize the broader the choice will be. Value of the door prizea will be from $50 to $150 with the average being around $100.  Winners will not be subject to receiving a 1099.

     All prize drawing and collection activities will take place in the Relaxation Grove,

     The Grand Prize will again be a Yaesu FT-891 mobile HF Radio. Thanks to Dave at HRO in Salem for getting us a good deal on these.   We are now in the process of building our Door Prize Pool and will have them listed and described in this forum.
     Remember, you can buy another ticket or two that will increase your chances.


MisterMike, W1RC

NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / NEAR- Fest XXXII Official Video!
« Last post by W1RC on October 31, 2022, 06:13:12 AM »
Here it is!  Burt always makes great videos.

Silent Keys / Re: Gordon Pugh, W2NH
« Last post by W1RC on October 22, 2022, 09:15:43 PM »
From: Bill Barber, NE1B

My friend Gordon passed away on Oct. 12. Gordon created the first ham FM repeater in the mid-1950s and put it on Mt. Beacon, NY. In 1962, I was a teenager, just having passed my Novice and General licenses and I was familiar with 2 meter AM, but other than simplex Gooney Boxes used by Civil Defense, I knew nothing about FM two-way radio. I was amazed that mobiles on Long Island could talk to mobiles in Albany through a "repeater". Gordon then went about building a network of repeaters from New York through Vermont to New Hampshire, atop most of the big mountain peaks. All using RF links. A significant inspiration to me and a factor in my EE education and subsequent career in Land Mobile Radio.
Fast forward a few years, after I had retired, I ran into Gordon at several NEAR-Fests and Boxboro Hamfests. He told many of the "behind the scene stories" and we became good friends as he still had the enthusiasm for new technologies and wanted to know about DMR. At the Boxboro Hamfest, Rick, K1RJZ, helped him program a DMR walkie. He enjoyed checking in every week to the New England Wide and Vermont State DMR nets.

Gordon was a legend and true Pioneer of Amateur FM Radio and Repeaters! He will be missed by many. More info at:
Rest In Peace my friend!
73 es SK,
Bill, NE1B
Silent Keys / Re: Gordon Pugh, W2NH
« Last post by W4KSR on October 20, 2022, 10:36:34 AM »
Via N1JGB:
From the CVFMA website:

I have to sadly announce the passing of Gordon Pugh W2NH last Oct 12th. I understand he passed away in his sleep overnight. He was a legend in amateur radio FM starting in the very early 50's putting up repeaters on mountain tops. I understand he was one of two amateur instrumental in putting up the first repeater on Mt Ascutney in the early 70's. Over time in the 60's he built a FM repeater network that stretch from New York into Vermont. In his later years was interested in his cat but was still very active in new technology for amateur radio. He adopted and became proficient in programming his DMR radio and getting a good DMR station for his house with his own skills.

Service to be held at the 1st Congregational Church in Walpole NH this Saturday at 1 PM.
Silent Keys / Re: Gordon Pugh, W2NH
« Last post by W4KSR on October 20, 2022, 08:48:06 AM »
Must have been sudden, he was on the VT Statewide net Tuesday night. Always liked to hear his kitten reports.
Silent Keys / Gordon Pugh, W2NH
« Last post by W1RC on October 19, 2022, 07:59:10 AM »
Gordon built the first amateur repeater in Mount Beacon NY in the 1950s.

Bill, NE1B sent me this sad news:

Gordon built the first Ham FM repeater on Mt. Beacon, NY.  Then created a network in the late 1950's to Mt. Snow, Killington, Mt. Mansfield, etc.

He loved attending NEAR-Fest.  If you remember him, he walked around hunched over with back trouble.  He was a Veteran.
The word I got from KB1VP was that his service will be in Waltham on Saturday.  I am trying to find his obit. to confirm.

Bill, NE1B
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / We have a winner!
« Last post by W1RC on October 17, 2022, 10:24:35 PM »
Prize winners at NEAR-Fest

Friday door prizes.

Advance Ticket Purchase Winner: (drawn on Friday morning @9:00 am at the gate)
David Gustaven, Swampscott, MA
Prize: Drone w/camera

Friday Afternoon 5:00 PM drawing
Steve Strombach, NA1CW, Fairfield CT
Prize: Holiday Inn Gift Certificate good for two nights stay
John Fisher, K1JRF, Wilton NH
Prize: SDRPlay

Yaesu FT-891
No winner. Had to be present to win.

Saturday Closing Ceremony Drawings:
Randy Dore, Grafton, MA
Prize: $50 ARRL Gift Certificate (Courtesy ARRL)

Alan Stone, Epsom, NH
Prize: $50 ARRL Gift Certificate (Courtesy ARRL)

Tony Lamola, Monroe, NH
Prize: ARRL Antenna Handbook ? 24th Edition (Courtesy ARRL)

Allison Parent ? KB1GMX, Framingham, MA
Prize: Vector Network Analyzer (Courtesy ??)

Michael Sharlow, Manchester, NH
Prize: Yaesu FT-891 Radio (Courtesy NEARFEST)

Bob Berube, Brookline, NH
Prize: Yaesu FT-891 Radio (Courtesy NEARFEST)

NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Re: The Ham Jam
« Last post by Whoz Your Daddy on October 16, 2022, 02:51:27 AM »
Truely another great NearFest!
Another great Ham Jam too!
Ham Jam was quite a bit smaller (Wow only 1 keyboard Player, Only 1 bassist, 2 & 1/2 Guitars)
Rain Friday didn't help....I'll post a rain Pic or 2 soon!
We actually had a small audience that applauded this time!
I didn't get a chance to talk with everyone in the audience this time.
But, I did get to meet Mike N1STN, (my pleasure)

This time everyone really came together and made it seamless.
From setup to clean up!
Thank you all...
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Re: The Ham Jam
« Last post by AA2OZ on October 14, 2022, 08:57:11 AM »
Wow. I wish I was there. I am killing time with a long layover in Tokyo. Bangkok is a very cool place, but not very easy to get to.
I had planned to bring another nice hand wired amp (by me). Last time I brought a Fender Princeton clone. It was really great to hear it played by players more skilled than me. I have a newer 18 watt Marshall clone which I will try to bring in the spring. It is also too loud. Maybe I will put in a master volume, but that seems like cheating. Rock on folks. I will see you next year.
John G
NEAR-Fest XXXII - October 14 & 15 2022 / Re: The Ham Jam
« Last post by n1iro on October 13, 2022, 02:26:33 PM »
I'll be bringing the e-drumset as usual.  Do we know where we are playing this year?  Oh, I see, same as last time.

I will bring a cement block too.

-Bill from Vermont
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