THE VERMONT HAM RADIO CONVENTION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Holiday Inn Convention Center
Williston Road at I-89 Exit 14
South Burlington, Vermont
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:
35 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 25th 2017
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 free parking on site. Sometimes the parking area fills up due to other events going on.
Come EARLY! That way you get a good parking spot AND you don't miss the morning activities.
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 18.
- 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.
Purchase Advanced Sale Tickets
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:
- W1V Special Event Station. Work the world from Vermont!
- Technical Table - Check out your radio's performance
- Mini-forums - Check the Forums section for times.
- Relaxation Area - Pull up a chair, relax and take in the activities!
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!
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 Mitch W1SJ .
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. There will be no charge for amateur radio exams this year.
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, FRN Number, pen, pencil
and $50 exam fee. Contact examiner at (802) 879-6589 for details.
- ADMISSION AREA
- Admission to the Convention
- Join RANV or renew your RANV Membership
- Deposit Door Prize Stubs
- Purchase the Vermont Amateur Radio Directory
- RANV TABLE Located in the Forums Lobby
Come here for all things related to the Convention and RANV.
- Hamfest Information
- RANV Information
- Copies of past RANV Newsletters
- 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
A short talk, followed by a long question period, on avoiding restrictive covenants, what to do if you made that
mistake, and a controversial update on the ARRL's "parity bill" - proposed legislation to protect hams living under
Homeowner Association authorities. We will learn how to present your case for a tower permit from the town, and how
to understand Vermont's PRB-1 Law.
HAM RADIO AND THE LAW: GETTING IT UP AND KEEPING IT UP
Fred Hopengarten, Esq., K1VR
Join with our ARRL Director and Vice Director as they detail the state of amateur radio and the ARRL.
The ARRL recently held its semiannual meeting in January. There will be all sorts of things to report on.
Hosted by Tom Frenaye K1KI and Mike Raisbeck K1TWF.
The VHF and UHF spectrum has its own brand of excitement. Well designed stations can regularly work over
hundreds of miles. When conditions warrent, contacts are made over thousands of miles on VHF. Even microwave
frequencies can provide contacts over considerable distances. Mike will detail how he built his super VHF/UHF
station in the Northeast Kingdom - from antennas and equipment, right down to type of generator used to provide
power for his off-grid location. You may not want to build a super station, but you will learn all the tricks to
do it right and make many contacts in this exciting spectrum.
TECHNIQUES TO SET UP A VHF/UHF STATION
Mike Seguin N1JEZ
APRS is the Automatic Packet Reporting System - a method to track movement via amateur radio.
In this talk, Harrison will be talking about what APRS is, some high level details on how it works,
when to use it, and when to not use it in the RF domain. The focus will be on what APRS is and how it can
be useful in various situations. The talk will conclude with some discussion of equipment used in APRS.
APRS AND ITS USES
Harrison Kyle VE2HKW
Testing for amateur and commercial FCC licenses. Amateur exam is free, commercial exam is $50 cash only.
Bring two forms of identification, any CSCE’s, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to study!
Forum Room 1
FORUM ROOM 2
John will discuss 3 simple wire antennas which have served him very well over the years.
These cover popular bands from 160 to 6 meters in various configurations from flat-top, inverted V, sloper,
and vertical orientations. These antennas are ideal for fixed station or portable use. Details on desiIgn factors,
radiation lobes and take off angles will be shown. Anyone with basic hand tools can build this antenna and get on
the air. As an added bonus, a special raffle will be taking place where alucky attendee will have the chance to win
a “Magnificent 3” antenna.
THE "MAGNIFICENT-3" WIRE ANTENNAS
John Grow VE2EQL
ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X is the creator and co-administrator of
ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program, which helped the National Park Service celebrate
their 100th Anniversary in 2016. He will discuss the success of NPOTA, then will lead a roundtable
on applying the lessons and skills learned from NPOTA to other portable operating events and programs.
Learn how to keep the fun of NPOTA going in 2017 and beyond.
BEYOND NPOTA: RIDING THE PORTABLE OPERATING WAVE
Sean Kutzko KX9X
Set up a ham station. It is what we do! Mitch will show you how easy it is to set up a ham station anywhere -
at National Parks, at Hamfests, at Picnics, at Field Day and even at home! You will be given the skills and
techniques to size up a location and set up very effective antenas and a great station - one which will get
those pileups going! Learn what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do. Many examples of station setup from various activations will be shown and discussed.
SET UP A HAM STATION ANYWHERE
Mitch Stern W1SJ
Having a great HF Antenna is the key to many long fun hours of HF operating. But many of us do not have the
resources to put up multiple yagis on large towers. World renouned contester Tim Duffy K3LR joins us from his
shack in Western PA to show us some tricks and techniques to put up simple and effective antennas - systems that
work well but will not cost you thousands of dollars. Tim has a great station with many antenas, has moderated
the Antenna Forum at Dayton for countless years, and is also General Manager of DX Engineering - he knows his
antennas and how to make them work!
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE HF ANTENNAS
Tim Duffy K3LR
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
||The Magnificent 3 Antennas (8:30)
||Ham Radio and the Law (9:00)
||Beyond NPOTA (9:30)
||ARRL Forum (10:00)
||Set Up a Ham Station Anywhere (10:30)
||Technques To Set UP A VHF Station (11:00)
||Simple and Effective Antennas(11:30)
||APRS and Its Uses(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 10-15 MINUTES, so be sure to arrive on time or you will miss the show!
||Join Sean KX9X as he makes QSO's via amateur satellite|
|9:30-9:45||Dr. Jeff Presents
||Jeff will present another thought inspiring technical demonstration.|
||Demonstration of communications using DMR|
||Join Sean KX9X as he makes QSO's via amateur satellite|
|11:45-11:55||Dr. Jeff Presents
||Jeff will present another thought inspiring technical demonstration.|
||Demonstration of communications using 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. 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 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.
Why not stay the night and spend a leisurely weekend at HAM-CON?
The Room Block deadline is Saturday, February 11. Reservations made after that time are at the normal room rate.
Book Special Rate Directly Online with Holiday Inn
Or else, 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.
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.
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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Last updated: February 15, 2017