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Near-Fest XXI Schedule of Events May 5-6 2017
« on: April 19, 2017, 03:39:20 PM »
NEAR-Fest XXI Schedule of Events   

Friday, May 5 2017.

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:   JT65 Digital mode communications by Dennis Egan W1UE.   As most of you know, the low cost and high computing power of todays personal computers has ushered in a wide range of digital "weak Signal" modes.  Dennis will cover JT65 one of the modes favored by EME enthusiasts (That is Earth Moon Earth or moonbounce to the common man)    (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

12:00 PM:  'Boat Anchor Radio Triage' with Ted Robinson K1QAR Over the past several years Ted has made a name for himself bringing boatanchors back from the dead.  If you don't already know he offers a free radio clinic for some basic troubleshooting here in our commercial exhibits!  In this session, we are delighted to have Ted "on stage" again after a couple of years to review some of the "Do's" and more importantly the "Don'ts" of where to start in restoration of a classic radio.  Now that you have that old radio ready to be brought back to life, come learn how not to cause more damage than the ravages of time already have!  (Located in the  Entertainment Building, see map)

1:30 PM:   Tools and techniques for tracking down RFI With Tony Brock-Fisher In these days of wall warts, in home internet wiring, and electronic toys, this will be a very good topic.  Tony is here to help and will teach you how to hunt down the source of RFI!    (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

3:00 PM: Amateur Radio in public service events by Gary Schwartz N1ZCE.   Amateur radio assistance for public service events has always been an important aspect of the amateur radio service.  if you are new to this or an old pro, you are sure to enjoy this informative presentation.(Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)

4:30 PM: Now that I have my licence, what do I do next? With Mitch Stern W1SJ.      A last minute change in schedule here,   This presentation is aimed at the newly "minted" ham.  It's a tutorial of how to get up and running in amateur radio.  I hope that this will be a regular addition to the fest as we welcome new hams to our service! Fun for all as we close out our first day!  (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: --> Jam Discussion

Saturday, May 6 2017.

9:00 AM: ?DMR New England Update and Programming help? moderated by Bill Barber, NE1B Both the  9:00AM and 10:30 AM satyrday time slots are all DMR  so thats really 9:00AM to 11:30AM New DMR repeaters continue to pop up all over New England.  Now with NEW DMR radios available for close to $100 and a wide assortment of surplus commercial equipment easily 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. After the Update there will be DMR programming help! (Located in the Entertainment Building, see map)[/size]

10:30 AM: "DMR Saturday Continues" (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, bring money 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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