THE VERMONT HAM RADIO CONVENTION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015
Holiday Inn Convention Center
Williston Road at I-89 Exit 14
South Burlington, Vermont
FOR ANOTHER TREMENDOUS SHOW!
Turnout was 11% higher than last year.
Everyone reports having a wonderful time!
Please let us know what you thought: firstname.lastname@example.org
See You All Next Year: February 27, 2016!
HAM-CON is sponsored by the
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont.
We are in a super location which is convenient for everyone
and has all the facilities to make this a first class show.
HAM-CON proudly carries on the Milton Hamfest tradition:
33 Years (1/3 Century) of Great Hamfests in the North Country!
"and still the best little hamfest in the world!"
Pictures of Previous Hamfests!
Date: Saturday, February 28th 2015
Times: 8am until 2pm. General admission opens promptly at 8am.
Location: Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1068 Williston Road at I-89 Exit 14, South Burlington.
Admission: General admission $8. See below for early entry and advance sales.
Information: Phone: (802)879-6589, afternoons and evenings, BEFORE hamfest day. Or,
Talk in on the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz(-600). This repeater is
monitored all the time.
Holiday Inn is located at Williston Road and Dorset Street, right at the I-89 Exit 14 Interchange.
From the South, I-89, Exit 14 East. Immediately move to the left lane and make a left at the light into the Holiday Inn.
From the North, I-89, Exit 14 East. Immediately move to the left lane and make a left at the light into the Holiday Inn.
FROM THE SOUTH
From NH and Boston: I-93 North, I-89 North through New Hampshire and Vermont to Vermont Exit 14.
From WMa and CT: I-91 North, I-89 North to Exit 14.
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 14.
FROM THE NORTH
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 14.
FROM THE WEST
Lake Champlain Bridge Crossings:
Lake Champlain Winter Ferry crossings:
- Crown Point Bridge is VT Route 17 connecting Addison, VT to Crown Point, NY.
- Rouses Point Bridge is US Route 11 connecting Alburgh, VT to Rouses Point, NY.
|Ferry Crossing||Operates||website info|
|Plattsburgh, NY to Grand Isle, VT||24/7||
|Essex, NY to Charlotte, VT||7 AM - 5 PM
The ferry crossings schedules are subject to adverse ice conditions. Always check their
web sites prior to crossing.
The Ticonderoga, NY to Bridport, VT Ferry is CLOSED for the season!
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 14.
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 14.
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 14.
We have plenty of free parking on site!
Admission at the door
- General admission is $8. Doors open for general admission at 8:00.
- Early admission is $15. Doors open for early admission at 6:00.
- There is no charge for tables. Tables are first come, first serve. Come early!
- No admission charged for those 12 years and younger.
- Canadian money accepted at par for Canadian residents with driver's or ham license.
Advanced Sales Admission
- Advanced sale general admission is $6.
- Advanced sale early admission is $12.
- Advanced sale early admission PLUS table reservation is $25.
- Advanced Sales close February 20.
- Tickets must be purchased though our Paypal system on-line or at a club meeting.
- Print out your receipt and present it for your ticket.
Advanced sale tickets are no Longer Available. Please purchase tickets at the door.
The Vendor Room will run from 8:00 until 2:00. 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.
Forums will run from 8:30 until 1:00.
Details are in the Forums section.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND MINI-FORUMS
The Activities Room will be home to several demonstrations and mini-forums including:
Check the Forums section for times.
- W1V Special Event Station, with demos of the Elecraft K3 and KX3 Transceiver
- Technical Table - Check out your radio's performance
- Mini-forums - See schedule below
HAM-CON CLOSING CEREMONIES!
This is the place to gather after the goodies have been bought or sold, after the forums and after lunch.
Starting at the conclusion of the last forum (12:55), the closing will be a brief activity featuring entertainment,
announcements, acknowledegements and the
(ta-da) the announcement of door prize winners. The closing ceremonies will take place in Forum Room 2-3.
Make sure you set aside time for this event!
Our grand prize is a TCL 1080 pixel 40" LED High Definition TV with Roku Streaming, courtesy of WCAX-TV.
Other prizes include gift certficates for ARRL Publications, Receiver Kit, Battery Pack and a whole bunch of goodies.
Door prizes will be drawn at the Closing Ceremonies at 12:55 in Forum Room 2-3.
There will be special raffle for QRP Kits and accessories only for attendees of the Kit Builder's Forum at 8:30.
You must be physically present to win all prizes.
And you must be present to witness our outlandish closing ceremonies!
QSL CARD CHECKING
We will be able to check your QSL cards for DXCC, WAS and VUCC right on site!
Please contact the people below and arrange a time and location at the Convention.
Note: you MUST have the proper paperwork filled out and ready to be submitted to the ARRL.
You must also have the appropriate form of payment ready to be sent.
We cannot check cards unless the paperwork is in order!
For WAS, contact Linda W1MP
For DXCC or VUCC contact Jim N1BCL .
The Volunteer Exam Session will be at 1:15 in Forum Room 1. All exams (Element 2, 3 and 4) will be offered.
All VE applicants must bring TWO forms of ID, copy of license and CSCE, if needed,
pen, pencil and $14 exam fee. Fee must be exact change in cash. No checks will be accepted.
FCC COMMERCIAL LICENSE EXAMS
Exams for FCC Commercial Licenses (GROL, MROP, etc) will be at 1:15 in Forum Room 1. Please bring ID, proof of citizenship, pen, pencil
and $50 exam fee. Contact examiner at (802) 879-6589 for details.
- RANV TABLE Located in the Forums Lobby
This is the nerve center of the Convention. Come here for all things related to the Convention and RANV.
- Hamfest Information
- RANV Information
- Join or Renew
- Vermont Amateur Radio Directory
- Copies of past RANV Newsletters
- RANV FLEA MARKET TABLE Located INSIDE the VENDOR Area.
Bring your stuff for sale and we will try to sell it for you.
- Service for RANV Members Only!
- Limit of 10 pieces per person
- Weight limit of 35 lbs per item, total 100 lbs
- No boat anchors, computers, printers, monitors, etc.
- Sellers to provide a manifest of all items, condition and price
- Unsold items MUST go home with owner!
- W1V SPECIAL EVENT STATION Located in the Activities Room
Visit HAM-CON's special event station W1V as we make contacts all over the world!
We are always looking for operators - no matter what your license class! Stop by!
- TECHNICAL TABLE Located in the Activities Room
Test equipment to provide basic measurments along with free technical advice.
- Basic measurements only: voltage, power, sensitivity, deviation
- No repair services
WHERE IS EVERYTHING LOCATED?
There are two main areas at HAM-CON:
- Forum Area
Just as you enter the facility, just after admission, turn right and you will head down the Forums Hallway.
In this hallway you will find Forum Rooms 1 & 2 and the Activities Room, along with the RANV Table.
- Vendor Area
Continue walking into the facility and go right at the Hotel Main Desk, then left. Here you will find the entrance
to the Vendor Area.
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 forum room on time.
The forums will run in two different rooms. Forums will run from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
The Forum Room lobby is just to the right of the main entrance.
Forums in Room 1 will generally start around the top of the hour and Forums in Room 2 will start on the half hour.
Forums will conclude in time for attendees to attend the Closing Ceremonies.
Make sure you get to the forums on time. They will not wait!
FORUM ROOM 1
Covenant restricted? Noisy RF location? Apartment Dweller? Learn how easy it is to remotely control your station or any station from anywhere an internet connection is available. Gerry will demo two technologies: The plug-n-play hardware from www.remoterig.com, and the essentially free solution from www.remotehams.com. Gerry will demonstrate remote operation using just a computer (even a tablet!) and also using the Elecraft K3/0 remote front panel with the RemoteRig hardware. The demo will include remote operation of the K2LE Contest Superstation in southern Vermont, the SK3W Contest Superstation in Sweden, and a club station in Northern California. Remote operation is in the main stream of ham radio -- come see how it's done!
REMOTE CONTROL HAM RADIO
Gerry Hull W1VE
Most QST readers see the monthly column, Product Review and have an idea of some of the work the ARRL Laboratory does.
But did you know the Lab has an answer man, Zack Lau, W1VT, who runs the Lab’s Technical Information Service?
He provides the answers that many of our members ask when they call or write to the Lab for help.
Did you know the Lab has an RFI expert? Many of our members experience RFI and don’t know what to do about it.
Mike Gruber, W1MG can help! Who is the watchdog against spectrum encroachment from consumer devices?
It’s none other than Lab manager, Ed Hare, W1RFI. Ed is a prominent board member of many standards committees.
He also won the BPL battle for all of us. In this forum, we will explain the work the ARRL Lab does.
Hosted by Bob Allison, ARRL Senior Test Engineer.
AN INTRODUTION TO THE ARRL LABORATORY
Bob Allison WB1GCM
The most frequently asked question the ARRL Lab is asked is, “What radio should I buy?”
ARRL staff is not permitted to answer that question, but we can certainly point you in the right direction.
Bob will explain the key transmitting
and receiving tests that are performed at the Lab and what all those numbers mean that are shown
in QST Product Review articles. Terms such as Two-tone Third Order Intermodulation Distortion Dynamic Range,
Blocking Gain Compression Dynamic Range and Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range can be intimidating or confusing.
Bob will explain them in simple terms, as well as some of the transmitting tests.
Why is low Phase Noise Important? Bob will explain and in an entertaining way. Hosted by Bob Allison, ARRL Senior
QST PRODUCT REVIEW; WHAT DO ALL THOSE NUMBERS MEAN?
Bob Allison WB1GCM
Join with our ARRL Director and Section Manager as they detail the state of amateur radio and the ARRL in its second
100 years. The ARRL held its semiannual meeting in January, so there will be all sorts of things to report on.
Hosted by Tom Frenaye K1KI, ARRL New England Division Director, and Paul Gayet AA1SU, Vermont Section Manager.
Testing for amateur and commercial FCC licenses. Bring $14.00 exam fee in cash ($50 commercial), two forms of identification, any CSCE’s, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to study!
Forum Room 1
FORUM ROOM 2
John will focus on the most popular amateur radio kits that are available.
Also, a short history will be presented of the kits that were offered in the past 20 years.
Forum will include a show and tell of his recently built kits and how easy it was to build them and get on the air
Kits include units from Henndrick QRP kits, NORCAL, Small Wonder Labs and Tuna Tin Kits.
There will be a special raffle for QRP kits and accessories donated by John and QRPme,
only available to the attendees at the Kit Building Forum. You must be at this forum to win these.
Be sure to be there!
KIT BUILDING - RADIOS AND ACCESSORIES
John Grow VE2EQL
This forum discusses some of wire antennas which have been built and used by John.
Every antenna discussed can be built by any beginner or experienced ham.
The only items that you need is wire and insulators and ladder line (homebrew or manufactured).
Antenna types include Extended Double Zepp, Off-center Feed Dipoles, Broadband Wires and Vertical Antennas.
Get unbelievable results without spending lots of money on a tower, beams and rotors.
HIGH PERFORMANCE WIRE ANTENNAS: 160 TO 6 METERS
John Grow VE2EQL
As the digital repeater revolution pushes forward, everyone is asking the same question, which one is the best?
In this discussion we will review the 3 most popular digital repeater modes; Icom’s D-STAR, Yaesu’s System Fusion
and Digital Mobile Radio otherwise known as DMR. We will discuss functionality, how/if they connect to the Internet,
Digital vs. Analog and of course the differences between all three systems. Is there one digital mode better than another?
You be the judge!
DIGITAL VOICE REPEATERS
Paul Anzalone N1PA and Bob DeMattia K1IW
Live from the West Coast, David comes to us via Skype to present the Elecraft Story. He is their customer
support person so he deals with product questions each and every day. The talk will start out with Elecraft's
history and design philosophy, while asking the question, "Why Elecraft?" Next is a tour through the K-Line and
KX-line families. Finally, the hints and kinks portion of the show will talk about configuring and expanding
your Elecraft station based on your operating preferences. And if you are interested in a future purchase of
Elecraft equipment, there is no better place to learn. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask lots of questions!
David Shoat KG6IRW
We will all get together for a brief 20 minute gathering to meet and say goodbye until next year.
We will be treated to a show depicting the humorous moments of the year past, prize giveaways, acknowledgements and the (ta-da!)
door prize drawing! Afterwards feel free to stay and shop in the Vendor Area and chat with friends!
HAM-CON CLOSING CEREMONIES
Forum Rooms 2 and 3
Forums At A Glance
||Kit Building (8:30)
||Remote Control Ham Radio (9:00)
||High Performance Wire Antennas (9:30)
||Intro to the ARRL Lab (10:00)
||Digital Voice Repeaters (10:30)
||QST Product Reviews (11:00)
||Elecraft Forum (11:30)
||ARRL Forum (12:00)
||Closing Ceremonies (12:55)
||VE Session (1:15)
ACTIVITIES ROOM VIDEOS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND MINI-FORUMS
Warning: Not finalized - subject to CHANGE!
These will be held in the ACTIVITES ROOM.
The mini-forums only run 10 MINUTES, so be sure to arrive on time or you will miss the show!
|9:15-10:25||QRP Kits||Demonstration of some of the more popular QRP Transceivers|
||Digital Voice Communications demonstration with DSTAR and DMR|
|10:15-10:25||Remote Ham Radio
||See how contacts can be made remotely from Sweden, California and even Vermont.|
|10:45-10:55||Dr. Jeff Presents
||Our resident Mr. Wizard N1YD will present another exciting electrical demonstration!|
|11:15-11:25||QRP Kits||Demonstration of some of the more popular QRP Transceivers|
||Digital Voice Communications demonstration with DSTAR and DMR|
We require that vendors and flea market sellers arrive EARLY to set up tables. The room gets too crowded to start
carrying in sales items after 8:00.
1. Early entry opens at 6:00 AM.
2. Admission: $15 at door, $12 in advance. 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 can be reserved at a package price of $25, which includes 1 early admission. This will guarantee your
table until 8:30. 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.
We ask that vendors take all unsold merchandise away at the end of the day.
HAM-COM makes every effort to help our vendors do well at
the show. Please let us know how we can help you!
The Holiday Inn is our Headquarters for HAM-CON.
They have reserved a block of rooms at a special convention rate of $95 (normal rate is $129).
Why not stay the night and spend a leisurely weekend at HAM-CON?
The Room Block deadline is Saturday, February 8. Reservations made after that time are at the normal room rate.
Call them at: 802-863-6363
Here are local phone numbers of other motels in the Burlington area.
This list is information from the phone book. It does not imply any
recommendation, although it's probably
a safe bet that the roof doesn't leak at any of these lodgings.
I-89 exit 14 - Williston Rd
Anchorage Inn 863-7000
Best Western 863-1125
Comfort Inn 863-5541
Ethan Allen Inn 863-4573
Hawthorne Suites 860-1212
Ho-Hum Motel 863-4551
LaQuinta Inn 864-4638
Sheraton Inn 865-6600
Swiss Host 862-5734
Rt 15 Colchester (1mi)
Days Inn 655-0900
Handy's Suites 655-6000
I-89 exit 16 Colchester (2mi)
Hampton Inn 655-6177
Quality Inn 655-1400
Motel 6 654-6860
Downtown Burlington (2mi)
Marriot Courtyard 864-4700
Harper's Restaurant, located on-site will be open until 11 AM only for breakfast items.
There are many, many food locations nearby, within 1/2 mile!
|Westbound (same side)
|| Eastbound (across street)
|Moe's Southwest Grill
Al's French Frys
Dorset St - University Mall:
Mall Food Court |
- University Mall (largest in Vermont) is literally across the street! Bring the family and drop them at the Mall!
Mall opens at 9:30.
- Burlington International Airport 1.5 miles East. Provides a quick way in and out of the Convention!
- Church Street Marketplace 1.5 miles West. Outside and Inside shopping in downtown Burlington.
- Echo Lake Aquarium 2 miles West, foot of College Street. Museum and Educational Center focusing on
life around Lake Champlain. Open 10-5.
- Burlington MARDI GRAS Parade 3PM - right after HAM-CON; Main Street. Watch the parade, catch beads and candy and freeze to death!
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 400 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.
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.
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