HAM-CON was formally known as the Milton Hamfest or the Northern Vermont Winter Hamfest.
It is sponsored by the Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont and is run by the same folks who have brought you many years of fun at the Milton Hamfest.
We are in a super location which is convenient for everyone and has all the facilities to make this a first class show. In addition, we have expanded the Convention to bring in more forums, more dealers and more demonstrations of amateur radio communications.
HAM-CON proudly carries on the Milton Hamfest tradition:
"and still the best little hamfest in the world!"
|History of the Hamfest|
Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Times: 8am until 2pm. General admission opens promptly at 8am.
Location: Hampton Inn Convention Center, 42 Lower Mountain View Drive at I-89 Exit 16, Colchester.
Admission: General admission $8. See below for early entry and advance sales.
Information: Phone: (802)879-6589, afternoons, before hamfest day. Or,
Talk in on the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz (-600). This repeater is
monitored all the time. On Hamfest day, look for prerecorded hamfest
information and announcements on 146.67 MHz.
The Hampton Inn is located 1 block North of the I-89 Exit 16 Interchange on Routes 2/7.
From the South, I-89, Exit 16. Right at end of ramp, right at next light, right into Hampton Inn.
From the North, I-89, Exit 16. Left at end of ramp, right at second light, right into Hampton Inn.
Hampton in is on the road leading to Costco.
Go to the parking area in the BACK and enter through Entrance "C". Do not enter through the main lobby.
Our Grid Square is FN34jm.
If you have a GPS or are active on ARPS, our exact location is:
44 30 25 North by 73 10 46 West.
Map of Convention Area
Aerial Shot of Convention Area
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.
|Ferry Crossing||Operates||website info|
|Plattsburgh, NY to Grand Isle, VT||24/7||info|
|Crown Point, NY to Chimney Point (Rt 17), VT||24/7||info|
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, $18 Round trip). 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. Take Crown Point Ferry. 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 arranged to make sure there is ample parking. Be sure to use the parking area behind the building near Entrance "C",
which is to your left as you enter the Hampton Inn.
We have instituted advanced sales to save you money and to make the admission process smoother. We strongly recommend all vendors use advanced sales.
The Fleamarket 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. The new equipment dealers who plan to be there:
|Ham Radio Outlet||Carries all major pieces of equipment from Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Alinco, MFJ.|
|Quicksilver Radio||"(Almost) Everything But The Rig": including Connectors, Antennas, Coax and Power Supplies.|
|The Shoppe at Wulfden||Ham radio kits, Microprocessor parts and kits, LCD displays and kits.|
|Webster Associates||A variety of ham radio equipment and supplies, new and used.|
|Dave Schneider||Dave is the "Connector Guy" with a seemingly endless assortment of connectors and adapters for every need!|
|Bob McTeague||Bob, a longtime Milton attendee, will have books, electronic parts and Shortwave receivers for sale|
This year's GRAND PRIZE is a Vizio 23 inch Razor LED/LCD High Definition TV, courtesy of WCAX-TV!
Other prizes include $50 and $25 gift certficates for ARRL Publications in addition to other goodies to be announced.
But YOU MUST BE AT THE CLOSING CEREMONIES TO WIN!
The Volunteer Exam Session will be at 1:00. 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 1:00. Please bring ID, proof of citizenship, pen, pencil and $50 exam fee. This fee has just gone up from $35.) Contact examiner at (802) 879-6589 for details.
2010 HAM-CON FORUMS
HAM-COM continues in the tradition of the Milton Hamfest and will have the finest collection of Amateur Radio Informational Forums in the North Country. There is something which interests every amateur operator. Stop in on the forum and learn a whole bunch of new stuff. The forum times are tight, so plan your schedule in advance for best results!
The forums will run in two different rooms. Forums will run from 8:15 AM until 1:00 PM.
Forum Room 1 is just to the left of the Flea Market. Forum Room 2 is 150 feet down the hallway past the pool.
Forums in Room 1 will start 30 minutes past the hour and Forums in Room 2 will start on the hour..
Make sure you get to the forums on time. They will not wait!
|8:00||Operate Your Station From Anywhere (8:15)|
|8:30||Radio Frequency Interference|
|9:00||Antenna Construction Session|
|9:30||Which Antenna Is Best?|
|11:00||Techniques of the Best Operators|
|11:30||K5D Desecheo DXPedition|
|12:00||Lunch at the ARRL|
|12:30||HAM-CON 2010 Closing Ceremony|
Vendors can elect to take advantage of early entry (6:00) or normal entry (8:00).
We will reserve tables only for setups of 4 tables or larger. There is still no charge for tables. Tables are NOT guaranteed. Get a sneak preview of the Flea Market Area by downloading the Flea Market 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!
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 16 Colchester Quality Inn 655-1400 Motel 6 654-6860 Rt 15 Colchester (2mi) Days Inn 655-0900 Handy's Suites 655-6000 I-89 exit 14 - Williston Rd (2mi) Anchorage Inn 863-7000 Best Western 863-1125 Comfort Inn 863-5541 Doubletree 658-0250 Ethan Allen Inn 863-4573 Hawthorne Suites 860-1212 Holiday Inn 863-6363 Ho-Hum Motel 863-4551 LaQuinta Inn 864-4638 Sheraton Inn 865-6600 Swiss Host 862-5734 Downtown Burlington (5mi) Hilton 658-6500 Marriot Courtyard 864-4700
NEW THIS YEAR!
The Hampton has agreed to make a limited selection of munchies and lunches available. The food table will be located in the main lobby, between the Flea Market and Forum Room 1. In the morning, there will be coffee, and an assorment of muffins, danish and fruit available.
Later on, a small selection of packaged lunches will be provided. These must be preordered by 10:30 at the food table, and will be made available at noon. A sample of the lunch order form can be seen here. The lunches will consist of Turkey/Bacon or Ham/Swiss or a large Hot Dog with chips and pickle. Prices range $5-7, tax included. Beats going on into the snow and cold to get eats! Simply fill out the lunch form sometime in the morning, submit it with payment and pick up your lunch at lunchtime. There are no other restaurants located within in the hotel.
But if the above doesn't get it done for you, fortunately, there are other places to eat nearby!
|Smokey Bones||Sit-Down||next door|
|Costco (members only)||Snacks||end of Mt View Dr|
|Friendly's||Sit-down||across Route 2/7|
|Shaws||Supermarket||across Route 2/7|
|Maplefields||Sandwiches||across Mt View Dr|
|Burger King||Burgers||2/7 South of I-89, left at So Park Dr|
|McDonalds||Burgers||2/7 South of I-89, left at So Park Dr|
|Juniors||Italian||2/7 South of I-89, left at So Park Dr|
|Libby's||Diner||2/7 South of I-89, right at Highpoint Cir|
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 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.