This comes to us from Mitch W1SJ about the upcoming RANV 'Ham-Con' hamfest on Feb. 25th:
" We are TEN DAYS away from HAM-CON 2017. Be sure to make plans to attend HAM-CON on Saturday, February 25, 8AM until 1PM at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road, just off of I-89 Exit 14 East.
Now in its 35th year, HAM-CON is billed as the "Best Little Hamfest in the World". We will pack more forums, more activities, more hams and more stuff into 5 hours than anywhere else. Details on ticket purchase can be found at http://www.ranv.org/hamcom.html
Our theme this year is "Radio-Active". Sadly, Hams have been spending less and less time on the air being, well, Hams! We want to encourage hams to be more active.
Starting off at 8:30, John Grow VE2EQL will talk about the "Magnificent 3" wire antenna system which produces a great signal on all HF bands.
Did you work any National Parks in 2016? We will have the perpetrator of that activity, ARRL Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko KX9X, speak about the success of the NPOTA program last year and how to take what we learned to produce more portable operating events. Directly following this, Mitch Stern W1SJ will teach you "How to Set Up a Ham Station Anywhere". We'll learn, first hand. how he build portable stations with big signals from all types parks and other locales.
Continuing with our antennas theme, our special guest speaker is Tim Duffy K3LR who will speak about "Simple and Effective Antennas".Tim runs DX Engineering, has hosted the Antenna Forum at Dayton since forever and has a super station with massive antennas. He knows his stuff! Tim will join electronically us from his shack in Western PA and perhaps give us a glimpse of the antennas farm.
Fred Hopengarten K1VR will present "Ham Radio and the Law", where he will talk about the sticky business of getting legal permission to raise an antenna - sometimes in a hostile neighborhood. This will be followed by the ARRL Forum where our ARRL Director and Vice Director will give us insight as to what is happening with our League.
We didn't want to leave the VHF/UHF enthusiasts out! Mike Seguin N1JEZ will off up tips and techniques for setting up a competitive station and antennas on those higher bands. And for something completely different, Harrison Kyle VE2HKW will talk about the uses and setup of the Automatic Position Reporting System, or APRS.
Our activities room will be abuzz with all sorts of activities. Our special event station W1V will be operating all morning, handing out those rare Vermont contacts to the world. Mike N1FBZ will be running the Tech Table where you can get your radio checked out. Sean, KX9X will be making contacts through two satellite passes in the morning. Jeff N1YD will be doing demonstrations with RF control. We'll also have digital voice demonstrations using DMR.
And yes, we have a Flea Market too! You just need to find time in between all the other activities to buy some stuff. And be sure to join us at Closing Ceremonies where you could win door prizes, including a 40" High Definition Smart TV.
Need to upgrade or have someone get their first ham license? No problem! The VE Session is at 1:15 and it's free! You still need to study. We also have FCC Commercial exams as well.
All of this for only $8 admission. And if you act right away you can buy your ticket on-line for $6. Early admission and table reservations are more. But hurry, we close early ticket purchase Friday!
Information and ticket sales for HAM-CON can be found at:
See you next week at HAM-CON! "
73 de STARC