GETTING ON THE AIR
Hams get on the air from home, from work, from cars, bikes, boats, parks, summits, farms and other places too numerous to mention. Our program will focus on all the various ways to Get On The Air and we hope to induce everyone to get more active by showing off all the fun things that can be done with Ham Radio!
HAM-CON is sponsored by the
Buy an early admission ticket and watch the forums ON-LINE!
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Times: 8am until 1pm. General admission opens promptly at 8am.
Location: Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mountain Rd, I-89 Exit 16, Colchester, and right here at hamcon.org.
Information: Phone: (802)879-6589, afternoons and evenings, BEFORE hamfest day. Or, via Email. Talk in on the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz(-600). This repeater is monitored all the time.
We require that vendors and flea market sellers arrive BEFORE 7:45 to set up their tables. The room gets too crowded to start carrying in sales items after that. If you are selling, please buy an early ticket and have your table set up by 8AM.
1. Early entry opens at 6:00 AM.
2. Admission: $15 , We highly recommend buying the admission in advance!
3. Tables are FREE. They are available on a first come, first served - No guarantees made on space or table availability. We usually have tables available, but on occasion we do run out.
4. Tables are reserved in specific locations for large vendors (more than 4 tables).
5. Tables and spaces can be reserved at a package price of $25, which includes 1 early admission. This will guarantee your table until 7:45. There are no refunds for tables reserved and not used!
Get a sneak preview of the Vendor Area by downloading the Vendor Area MAP in Adobe PDF format. The location of all tables and services are approximate. Not all tables will be available.
All vendors MUST take all unsold merchandise away at the end of the day. We have no facilities for hauling stuff away!
HAM-COM makes every effort to help our vendors do well at
the show. Please let us know how we can help you!
INDOOR FLEA MARKET - VENDOR ROOM
The Vendor Room will run from 8:00 until 1:00. Vendors must arrive no later than 7:45 to avoid crowds during setup. There are scores of tables chock filled with goodies. The offerings range from new to boatanchors and we can never know what jewels will show up.
We will have eight forums running all morning between 9AM-1PM. Forum speakers will be both live and via Zoom. Forums can be viewed live, or via on-line access.
Details are in the Forums section.
We will have a limited number of gift certificates which will be awarded on-line to attendees who register before February 25. We will also have some prizes to give away to attendees after 12:30.
QSL CARD CHECKING
Find Mitch W1SJ and give him an envelope with your cards, application and payment. You can then pick the cards up several days later. No shipping will be available.
W1V SPECIAL EVENT STATION
The W1V Special Event Station is BACK! Our fully remote station (look ma, no wires!) will link to a nearby station with large antennas. W1V will be located just after you enter the Convention. Be sure to put the headphones on and make a few contacts. Person working the best DX will get a prize!
The Volunteer Exam Session will be at 1:30 in Forum Room 2. All exams (Element 2, 3 and 4) will be offered. All VE applicants must pre-register and have proper ID, FRN, copy of license and CSCE, if needed, pen, pencil. There will be a $15 fee. Please go to http://www.ham-con.org/hcexam.html for full details on how to pre-register and what to bring.
FCC COMMERCIAL LICENSE EXAMS
Exams for FCC Commercial Licenses (GROL, MROP, etc) will be at 1:30 in Forum Room 2. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by contacting the commercial examiner at email@example.com or by calling 802-879-6589 weekday afternoons. You will need to bring bring ID, proof of citizenship, FRN Number, pen, pencil and $50 exam fee.
2023 HAM-CON FORUMS AND ACTIVITIES
HAM-CON will have the finest collection of Amateur Radio Informational Forums found at any small convention! There is something which interests every amateur operator. Stop in on a forum or two and learn a whole bunch of new stuff. The forum times are tight, so plan your schedule in advance for best results! No PA announcement will be made at the start of forums, so use your phone or watch alarm to alert you to get to the forum room on time.
The forums will run in two different rooms. Forums will run from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
Forums in Room 1 will generally start around the top of the hour and Forums in Room 2 will start on the half hour.
Forum speakers will be both live and remote.
Forums will also be available on-line. Simply follow the link and you will be directed to the correct meeting location.
Be sure to mute your microphone at all times, escept when you plan to ask a question.
Make sure you get to the forums on time. They will not wait!
|TIME||8:30||Get Out And Operate (8:30)|
|9:00||Be the Best Operator You Can Be (9:00)|
|9:30||The WRTC Competitive Experience (9:30)|
|10:00||Operating an HF Mobile Station (10:00)|
|10:30||Get in the Rhythm of the QSO (10:30)|
|11:00||ARRL Forum (11:00)|
|11:30||Operate From Anywhere (11:30)|
|12:00||Ham Radio Game Show (12:00)|
Hampton Inn is located on Lower Mountain Rd. This is just off of Roosevelt Highway, Routes 2/7, just north of I-89 Exit 16.
From the South, I-89, Exit 16. Make a right at the light onto Routes 2/7 and then another right at the next light at Lower Mountain Road.
From the North, I-89, Exit 16. Make a left at the light onto Routes 2/7 and then a right at the next light
at Lower Mountain Road.
From NH and Boston: I-93 North, I-89 North through New Hampshire and Vermont to Vermont Exit 16.
From WMa and CT: I-91 North, I-89 North to Exit 16.
From NY: New York State Thruway or Taconic Parkway to Albany. Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 20 - Fort Ann. Route 149 12 miles to Route 4. Route 4 north 18 miles to Vermont Route 22A. Route 22A north 43 miles to Route 7. Route 7 22 miles north to I-189. I-189 to I-89 to Exit 16.
From Montreal: Autoroute 15 to border, I-87 Exit 42 to Rt 11 to Rouses Point
Bridge to Vermont. Route 2 South to Route 78 East to Swanton. I-89 South to
Alternate route: Autoroute 10, Autoroute 35 to Route 133 South to Border. Then I-89 to Exit 16.
|Plattsburgh, NY to Grand Isle, VT||24/7|
|Essex, NY to Charlotte, VT||7 AM - 5 PM|
From Rouses Point area: Northway I-87 Exit 42, Route 11 to Rouses Point. Look for signs for U.S. Route 2 and Rouses Point Bridge to Vermont. Go 2 miles past Alburgh and go left on Vermont Route 78. Continue on Route 78 through Swanton and look for I-89 South. Continue on I-89 to Exit 16.
From Plattsburgh area: Northway I-87 Exit 39, Rt 314 to Ferry. (Runs every 15 min, $10 each direction). On Vermont side, right on Rt 314 to end at Route 2, right on Route 2 South, 20 miles to I-89. Go south one exit to Exit 16.
From Crown Point area: Northway I-87 Exit 28, New York Route 74. Go North on New York Route 9N. (DO NOT go into
Ticonderoga or follow signs for Ticonderoga Ferry, as this is closed for the season). Continue on 9N for 11 miles and
turn onto New York Route 17. This crosses the new brige into Vermont. Continue on Vermont Route 17 East to Vermont Route 22A. Go left
and take Route 22A North. At Route 7, go left and continue North on Route 7. Take I-189 to I-89 North to Exit 16.
We have free parking on site.
It will be the very same HAM-CON we all love:
WHAT WILL THE ON-LINE PORTION OF THE EVENT BE LIKE?
We will have 8 forums running from 9-1. The speakers will be both live and on-line. Most of these forums will be streamed on Zoom and Youtube. Attendees on Zoom will have the ability to ask questions.The forums will be available after the show.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
HISTORY OF THE HAMFEST
The Milton Hamfest started in 1983 as the "Northern Vermont Electronics Show." It was conceived by WB1BWV, WB2JSJ and others as a way to get Vermont hams together for swapping equipment and socializing during the long winter. The admission back then was $2. The philosophy of the Milton Hamfest has always been to bring hams and experimenters together for learning new things and having fun. The hamfest has always been organized and run by a tiny group of volunteers, who, like everyone else, pay admission!
The hamfest started with humble beginnings and an attendance around 150. Today, the hamfest draws around 300 people, which is a sizable number considering the small size of Vermont. Attendees come from Vermont, Northern New York, Quebec and New Hampshire. A few come from Southern New England as well.
Over the years, some changes were made which we hope will keep the hamfest a great one. After many years of being an independent show, Milton is now sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RANV), and is the ARRL Vermont State Convention. And in 2009, we moved it to a Convention facility. In 2020 we held one of the last live hamfests before COVID. Our 2021 show was totally on-line and featured forums and an on-line flea market. In 2022, we went to a hybrid show with both live and on-line elements. Finally in 2023, we are back to a full live show, but we will continue to make the forums available to off-site attendees. We have worked hard to bring in more Forum Speakers and live demonstrations. The Forum program at HAM-COM is the best you find at a small show.
It is the goal of the HAM-CON to keep attendance levels stable
and even show some growth even though hamfests all over the country have
been declining in attendance over the last couple of years. We cannot do
this without YOU! Please make every effort to join us!
Read the article about the 2001 Hamfest in the Burlington Free Pree
Keep checking back here for new information.