18 Mar

NEAR-Fest: It’s Official!

2007-03-18It was officially announced this week by Michael Crestohl, W1RC that the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) will hold its first ever get-together and flea market on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, Highway 43 in Deerfield, New Hampshire.

This festival is not to be confused with Hosstraders that was formerly held in Hopkinton, NH (and several other locations).  Thirty-three years ago Norman B. Blake, W1ITT, Joseph M. Demaso, K1RQG and Robert V. Tiffany, W1GWU started what has become a highly popular and much beloved New England amateur radio institution.  The NEAR-Fest was instituted to retain this wonderful tradition.

  • Read the full story now on the new NEAR-Fest web site.
11 Mar

Technical Excellence Award: VE7LTD

2007-03-11The Dayton Hamvention’s Technical Excellence Award goes each year to a person who has made an outstanding technical advancement in the field of Amateur Radio.  This year, David Cameron, VE7LTD was named the recipient of the Technical Excellence Award for his work developing the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP).

The award announcement said Cameron “was instrumental in development of the software, hardware, and technology” to permit worldwide radio and repeaters linking via the Internet Radio Linking Project.  “His work literally transformed FM repeater communication from a local entity into a worldwide communication network that has been of immense value in emergencies and has helped unite the world’s radio amateurs over the Internet and radio,” the award nomination said.

07 Mar

NEAR-Fest: The Next Hosstraders?

2007-03-07New England hams feeling the void of the now defunct Hosstraders may have some hope after all.  According to a post by Michael Crestohl, W1RC on The AM Forum site, things look very promising for two new events in the tradition of Hosstraders.  These events will tentatively be on May 4th and 5th as well as October 12th and 13th (both on Friday and Saturday).

Where will this new event be held?  Mike comments that “Right now I am not at liberty to reveal the venue […] It will offer all the amenities we have become used to having and more.”  How about a name for this event?  Mike adds “I have decided [to] tentatively call the event the New England Amateur Radio Festival, which produces a nice acronym; NEAR-Fest.”

  • Read Mike’s full post now on the AM Fone web site.
02 Mar

April SCMARG Dinner Meet

2007-03-02SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2007, 7:15pm at UNO Chicago Grill, 214 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA.  This meet is on the 2nd week of April due to Good Friday, and no formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!