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NEAR-Fest XIX Schedule of Events
« on: March 22, 2016, 04:24:13 PM »
NEAR-Fest XIX Schedule of Events   

Friday, April 29 2016.

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

7:00 AM: Fairgrounds Gate 'G' 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, Gate 'F' opens for RED ticket and passholders only.    Once the Pre-Paid entry line has entered the General Admission line will enter through Gate 'E'.  Flea Market and Tailgating buying and selling commences.  Please note our flea market parking policy:

This is the ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING, see map for location.

10:30 AM: 'Home Solar Power and Ham Radio' With Tony Brock-Fisher With the price per watt of solar PV dropping lower and lower, it has become much easier these days to take advantage of this power option for amateur radio.  As a great follow up to his upcoming article in QST, Tony is here to help!   (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

12:00 PM: ARMY MARS Updates with Paul Moore N1VUI (and others) There are lots of changes in the MARS service Paul and crew will be here to fill us in (more details to follow).  (Located in the  Entertainment Building, see map)

1:30 PM: RemoteStation Control and Operation by Dennis Egan W1UE Ham Radio without the radio, antenna and tower at your house.  Use the internet to operate stations all over the world.  Dennis is a wizzard of remote station control.  He was insturmental in the remote station setup at the special event station at last years Boxboro Convention where operators got a chance to sit in front of a computer and operate ham stations at several remote locations.  He will try to impart some of his wisdom into our RF cooked brains!    (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

3:00 PM: Observations in a lifetime of law enforcement by Howard Mintz WA1CFX   Recently retired as Police Chief in the Town of Newton MA, Howard will entertain us with his observations of changes over the years..  While not directly radio related , except for you scanner buffs, we are please to have Howard with us as we are always interested in exciting things that our fellow hams do when not playing radio!(Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

4:30 PM: More fun with George Rancourt, K1ANX.     Arrive early as this is always a packed house!  Normally our R390A go to guy, intel obtained by this agent tells us that you may see a rare Allied WWII spy transmitter and get this, the even more unobtanium matching amplifier for this spy radio setup!  Thats all I can reveal for now but no one has ever told me that they have ever been disapointed by a talk from George!  (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, April. 30 2016.

9:00 AM: ?DMR New England Update? moderated by Bill Barber, NE1B New DMR repeaters continue to pop up all over New England.  Now with NEW DMR radios available for less than $200 and a wide assortment of surplus commercial equipment easially found, more and more people are getting active in this interesting mode.  Bill Barber, NE1B, the contact for New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN) will be back this spring, by popular demand, to give us updates? and there is lots of news? on whats going on in the DMR world and what you need to do to get involved. (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)[/size]

10:30 AM:   "Hams on Arduino" by Brandon Hockle KB1WAH      Brandon will review with us some of the ham radio related microcontroller projects he has built for very little money that are quite useful.  He wowed us at the Waltham Amateur Radio Assoc. meeting last fall and I told him he han no choice, he had to do the same at Near-Fest! We can expect a review of some current ham projects with Arduino, like an SWR meter, a VFO, a K3NG keyer, plus an overview of the embedded options. (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

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!

2:00 PM: Closing Ceremony, Awards and Door Prize Drawing (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!


John Flood, KB1FQG,
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