NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!! Oct 11th & 12th 2019

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NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!! Oct 11th & 12th 2019

#1 Post by ScanBoston » 07 Oct 2019 14:23

NEARfest is not optional!

NEAR-Fest XXVI
Oct 11th & 12th, 2019
Deerfield, New Hampshire

NEAR-Fest XXV https://near-fest.com/ is this Friday and Saturday.

Scott let us all know if your coming up???


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):
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
Direct is also in use on the firgrounds.

In NH:
443.850R Epsom NH W1ASS 88.5/88.5
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

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Re: NEAR-Fest is not Optional!!! Oct 11th & 12th 2019

#2 Post by W1MTW » 08 Oct 2019 14:01

As of now, bring a raincoat, and galoshes. Hope it changes, and that storm doesn't move up that far to Deerfield.
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#3 Post by ScanBoston » 09 Oct 2019 12:35

So are any of us scanner heads going and if so should we plan a get together??

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#4 Post by wb1hbu » 09 Oct 2019 15:12

Hello,

I can only go on Friday since I have a train trip to New Bedford and Fall River on Saturday.

73 Eric

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#5 Post by Pacmannion » 10 Oct 2019 13:12

I'll be there Friday and Saturday. Me and another ham from the NSRA are trying to offload some of our club's SK stash that we have split among a couple members, including myself.
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#6 Post by ScanBoston » 10 Oct 2019 13:26

Just picked up the burgers and rolls for the GEMOTO/PRA Tent. Rain or shine I'll be there both days as NEAR-Fest is not optional! I'll be on EPSOM first thing tomorrow.

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#7 Post by W1MTW » 10 Oct 2019 14:16

I'll be there Saturday. On the hunt for a new (to me) scanner.
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#8 Post by n1zyy » 10 Oct 2019 22:09

I'll be there, though only for tomorrow.

The forecast is now looking like a little less dreary, too!
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#9 Post by N1ZZN » 13 Oct 2019 08:36

Great seeing those who were there as always! The weather was fine, a couple drops of rain on Friday and some drizzle Saturday morning. Nothing like it was down south of the mass pike.
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#10 Post by wb1hbu » 13 Oct 2019 09:37

Hello,

Enjoyed NEAR-Fest on Friday and even found something to buy.

Weather conditions were a lot better at NEAR-Fest compared to down south. Ski Areas suffer from the same problem. They can have plenty of snow, but people do not think about skiing unless there is snow down south.

73 Eric

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#11 Post by ecps92 » 14 Oct 2019 16:40

John, you need to advertise this so much sooner than the week of....

If I could have moved the wedding to attend I would have enjoyed the mud-bowl, but ALAS chose the wedding.

Maybe in the Spring.
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#12 Post by ScanBoston » 15 Oct 2019 07:26

It was no mud bowl. We had excellent weather both days with Friday being the nicest. Friday was windy on the tents but in 60's mostly sunny. Saturday was cooler but less wind and sun but no rain. The sun came out near the end of Saturday and it warmed up for the clean up. May 1st and 2nd is the next one. If we could post pictures here I would but I have quite a few on facebook. It sad that the turn out was low as I think so many folks base their plans on what they see in Boston but Deerfield weather is a different world.

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#13 Post by Pacmannion » 16 Oct 2019 14:54

My little wrap-up of NEAR-Fest on my blog with links to picture albums of both days.

Day 1 album
Day 2 album
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