NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!! October 15th & 16th 2021

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You missed the last three you better be at this one!!! NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!!

NEAR-Fest XXX
Oct 15th and 16th
Deerfield Fair Grounds, Deerfield, New Hampshire
NEAR-Fest XXX https://near-fest.com/ is Friday and Saturday.

Below is this year's official frequency list.

The W1ASS Epsom NH repeater 443.850. Its 88.5 both in and out. It's mixed mode P25 with a NAC of 353 This is a fantastic repeater that reaches way down into Massachusetts and is full quieting portable on the fairgrounds. I always tell folks if you add one channel to your radio for NEAR-Fest this should be it. P25 folks this is the busiest couple of days for Epsom please listen to mixed mode and yield to analog use.

Anyways the rest of the official freq list

On site: And all are welcome to join us!
GEMOTO 900 On Site Repeater (WA1NVC) 927.5875out 100.0 902.5875in 131.8 (most active)
GEMOTO/PRA UHF Analog Simplex 446.200S 131.8
443.850 Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5in and out and P25 NAC353

Greater Deerfield General Area (and serving fairgrounds):
927.6875R 88.5/88.5 Deerfield W1ASS (Down hopefully will come back someday??)
443.850 Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5in and out and P25 NAC353 P25 N353 (495 to the Fairgrounds. I can't stress this repeater enough add it to your radios now!)
The NEARfest official TALK In 146.700 88.5

MotoTrbo NH Statewide on VHF Chester on the way in or UHF on Mt. Uncanoonac, Goffstown NH

In NH:
443.850R Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5/88.5 and P25 N353
53.77 Gunstock 71.9
Goffstown/UNK NH 927.7125R W1ASS (This is Back!!)
MotoTrbo NH Statewide VHF Chester on the way in

On the Way Up Thru MA:
MotoTrbo MA Statewide
Georgetown MA 927.7250R 100.0 W1ASS (Down hopefully will be back??)
Framingham MA 53.27R 71.9 100.0 will take you all the way to the fairgrounds..
Westborough MA 448.7750R P25NAC353 or D244
Waltham 449.075 88.5/CS (active till nh border area then switch to Epsom)


Hope to see you there K1BOS Scott H. Let us know if your going.

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The Goffstown 900 repeater is down again, and I think all 3 W1ASS 900s could now be gone for good.
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It is my intention to be there, either one of the days or both days. Stay tuned!
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That's great news Scott! Let's keep in touch before then. Jeff that is sad news!

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I'm happy to hear this!
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Unsure at this time, as I will be returning from Chicago that Friday :(
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Hello,

I bought tickets from Mr Mike up at the Vintage Electronics Fleamarket. I am all set!

73 Eric

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I'm actually going to get up there this year. Probably the first time since the 80s. I got into vintage radio restoration big time during COVID isolation, and I'm readying my Heathkit HW-16 & VFO for sale. I really don't want to deal with ePay and shipping and fees, so Deerfield is perfect: dump my unused ham gear, and maybe pick up a restorable 1950s shortwave receiver, and/or test equipment.

Heck, looks like I need to buy a cheap handheld with an actual PTT button for the weekend. :D
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I'm looking for advice & hints about the upcoming NEAR-FEST from those of you who are familiar with previous ones. I haven't been to Deerfield for decades--long before NEAR-FEST starting running the show-- and I will be taking a modest amount of stuff with me to sell. I have my advance tickets, including an inside parking pass. I'm assuming I just drive in with the SUV, find a spot, set up a small folding table and chair and sell what I've got, right?

Any advice regarding best and worst times to arrive? Best and worst places to try and park? Anything else I should know?

Thanks in advance.
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You can roll in and set up at 9am on Friday. So if selling is your goal you want to be in line just before 9am. Some folks get there real early to get in the front of the line but I don't think it's really worth it as the line moves in real quickly. The folks that run the event do let clubs who go every event and help clean up have a limited number of early passes to claim their traditional spaces. So those folks will already be there when you roll in but other than that all the additional spaces are up for grab. Not sure it really matters where you are if you have good stuff folks will find you.

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Thank you, John! Exactly the sort of info I was looking for
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Possibly. I went to NEAR-Fest XXVI (i.e. October 2019) and obviously, COVID put the kibosh on anything since. I'm pretty busy in October (with the Marathon and possibly the Regatta) but if I can find the days off (surprisingly, the dates in October are actually all filled at my job) I'll be there.
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Just booked my 99 dollar room at the The Holiday Inn 2280 Brown Avenue, Manchester NH (Exit 2 off I-293) (603) 641-6466. They offer the same amenities as the other hotel but they also have a full service restaurant.
http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=574.0

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I'll be up on Friday. Planning on leaving the cape and getting there in time for the opening. Hope to see all of you there if possible. Hoping to spend the entire Friday day there.
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Just bought my passes at HRO yesterday. Now to get Friday off somehow, because my original plan fell through.
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I'll see you both! Some really bad news is that the Epsom NH repeater that we all love for travels up and back to communication on site is broken. It appears to work to the user but passes no audio in analog or P25. All attempts to contact the trustee have failed. We will have the 900 MHz repeaters going on site. We could obviously try to pick another NH repeater but at this late date, I know from experience that there isn't time to get everyone programmed up. I myself will try to keep an ear on DMR just not sure which talk group? Probably MA Statewide or NE Wide?? On site
GEMOTO 900 On Site Repeater (WA1NVC) 927.5875out 100.0 902.5875in 131.8 (most active)
GEMOTO/PRA UHF Analog Simplex 446.200S 131.8

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Reminder - we have member who can not attend and has a Ticket and Parking Pass [Free to the first one to PM him]

viewtopic.php?f=56&t=42797
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Who is going up on Friday? It's my plan to be there by 0900 or shortly thereafter. Hoping to see and re-see some of you folks. Maybe we should arrange a time for a get together. John I'm guessing you and your group will be in the usual spot so I'll know where to find you.

Friday is my only possible day, but it'll be nice to get back for a day anyway.
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I will be there both days. In at 8am. The Epsom repeater is still not working however someone is going to it on Wednesday in the hope of getting it going. It may need parts and we may run out of time with that. I will throw my DMR radio back in if that doesn't get fixed and be monitoring MA Statewide. Maybe we should pick an area restaurant to hit before folks make the journey back Friday night??? I know there is a LongHorn Steakhouse in Bedford NH??

900 Repeater will be on site and I will have 4 loaners with me.

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Thank to Doug N1LHP Epsom NH UHF is back working as of this morning.

You missed the last three you better be at this one!!! NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!!

NEAR-Fest XXX
Oct 15th and 16th
Deerfield Fair Grounds, Deerfield, New Hampshire
NEAR-Fest XXX https://near-fest.com/ is Friday and Saturday.

Thank to N1LHP Epsom NH UHF is back working as of 10/12/21. The W1ASS Epsom NH repeater 443.850. Its 88.5 both in and out. It's mixed mode P25 with a NAC of 353 This is a fantastic repeater that reaches way down into Massachusetts and is full quieting portable on the fairgrounds. I always tell folks if you only add one channel to your radio for NEAR-Fest this should be it. P25 folks this is the busiest couple of days for Epsom please listen to mixed mode and yield to analog use.

Anyways the rest of the official freq list

On site: And all are welcome to join us!
GEMOTO 900 On Site Repeater (WA1NVC) 927.5875out 100.0 902.5875in 131.8 (most active). I have several loaner radios at the PRA/GEMOTO Tent.
GEMOTO/PRA UHF Analog Simplex 446.200S 131.8
443.850 Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5in and out and P25 NAC353 back and forth, to the hotels and on the fairgrounds for folks without 900.
MotoTrbo folks NH Statewide, MA Statewide or NE Wide on VHF Chester on the way in or UHF on Mt. Uncanoonac, Goffstown NH



In NH:
443.850R Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5/88.5 and P25 N353
53.77 Gunstock 71.9

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I'll be there both days, I was able to get Friday off finally after something else at work fell through. Anyways, I'll most likely be over by Relaxation Grove with someone else from the NSRA club selling off some SK stuff for the club, though I'll probably take a walk around at some points during the two days.
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Hello,

It will likely be Friday only for me, since Saturday has that dreaded four letter word in the forecast.

I will be around, and will stop at the GEMOTO group, BARS group, and the Nut Net Group (where WO1VES usually sets up near the relaxation grove) during the day.

73 Eric

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Rain in the "PM" Saturday for the Deerfield NH Area Eric.

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Glad to hear Epsom is back on the air. Thank you Doug!

I'll be there both days and looking forward to meeting some folks from SNE and seeing what everyone has collected over the last 2 fest-free years.
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Okay Great Scott, Eric and Patrick are coming! How about Mike or Bill?? We could have a ScanNE get together as well! Epsom repeater is an amazing site for talking on the way up. Reaches over the MA border. I'll have my ears on!

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