THE VERMONT HAM RADIO CONVENTION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022


HAM-CON 2022 Forums On-Line

If you missed a presentation, or if you would like to view
some of it again, please go to Forum Recordings.

We'll keep the recordings available for a little while.


THANKS EVERYONE
FOR A TREMENDOUS SHOW!

Despite COVID, War and Snow, we had a fun Convention!
Everyone reports having a wonderful time!

See You All Next Year: February 25, 2023!




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.

We are running a Hybrid Show - Live and On-Line. Choose the way you want to attend!

HAM-CON proudly carries on the Milton Hamfest tradition:

40 Years of Great Hamfests in the North Country!

"and still the best little hamfest in the world!"




THE DETAILS!

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022

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.



SHOW ADMISSION

Admission at the door


Advanced Sales Admission


Discount pricing is no longer available but you can still buy advance tickets at the regular price.

Purchase Advanced Sale Tickets



VENDOR INFORMATION

We require that vendors and flea market sellers arrive BEFORE 7:30 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. You can set up tables in the outdoor flea market area at any time. Unfortunately we cannot control the weather!

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 and spaces can be reserved at a package price of $25, which includes 1 early admission. This will guarantee your table until 7:30. There are no refunds for tables reserved and not used!

We ask that vendors take all unsold merchandise away at the end of the day. We have no facilities for hauling stuff!

HAM-COM makes every effort to help our vendors do well at the show. Please let us know how we can help you!





HAMFEST EVENTS



INDOOR FLEA MARKET - VENDOR ROOM
The Vendor Room will run from 8:00 until 1:00. Vendors must arrive no later than 7:30 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.

OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET
For the first time, HAM-CON will have an outdoor flea market, weather permitting. If you want to assure distancing to be safe, this can be an option for you. Be sure to bring a covering and dress warm.

MEET & GREET
We will have a whole bunch o'hams to meet up with, both LIVE and On-Line! At the show, we ask that anyone conversing go out to the hall beyond the forum rooms, or even go outside for a bit. On-Line, we will have several "Breakout Rooms" where you will be able to meet other friends on-line. At the show, you can use your phone or tablet to access the On-Line site to meet others On-Line. There are plenty of ways to complete that "eye-ball" QSO!

FORUMS
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.

DOOR PRIZES
We will have a limited number of gift certificates which will be awarded on-line to attendees who register before February 26. We will also have some prizes to give away to attendees of the game show at 12 noon.

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.

VE SESSION
There will be no VE session on site this year. The Vermont VE Team will offer a remote on-line session on Monday evening February 28. Other dates can be made by appointment. See www.hamclass.net/exams.html for details.

SPECIALTY TABLES

WHERE IS EVERYTHING LOCATED?


The areas at HAM-CON:
  1. Activities Area
    Just as you enter the facility, just after admission, turn right and you will head down through the Prefunction area, just outside the forum rooms. Here you will find the activities such as the Technical Table and W1V.
  2. Vendor Area
    This is the first door on the right off of the Activities area
  3. Forum 1
    This is the second door on the right off of the Activities area
  4. Forum 2
    This is the third door on the right off of the Activities area
  5. Facility layout  showing location of Vendor Area and forums.




2022 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 (indicated as a In-Person Event) 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!


FORUM ROOM 2

8:30
2021 HAPPENINGS AT ARRL AND WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2022
David Minster NA2AA, ARRL CEO

David addressed HAM-CON last year as the new ARRL CEO and outlined steps to be taken, going forward. In this presentation, we will get to see those changes and what’s in store for the future.



9:30 In-Person Event
RADIOS AND AVIATION
Jeff Bonn N1YD

Jeff will give an overview of the wide range of radios used for navigation and communications in aviation. We’ll learn about systems like ILS, ADSB, GPS, VOR and Doppler Radio. What does all of this mean? Come to the forum and find out!



10:30
SETTING UP YOUR HF STATION
Anthony Luscre K8ZT

All you need to know about setting up your ham station. This includes buying a transceiver and accessories, where to locate it, antennas, computers, grounding and more importantly, where to get help when needed. Learn all the tricks of the trade to set up your shack.



11:30
ASK DAVE
Dave Casler KE0OG

Author of the “Ask Dave” column in QST, Dave will be on hand to answer your questions about ham radio technical issues. Questions will be taken from the live audience as well as attendees on Zoom. He will also provide details on his YouTube channel.



FORUM ROOM 1

9:00
INTERFERENCE TO HAM RADIO
Ed Hare W1RFI

Ed will give us the details on interference to ham operations from a plethora of electronic devices, which unfortunately, always seems to be on the rise. We’ll learn about what it sounds like, how to look for it, and even how to get some of it stopped.



10:00
DEVELOPING NEW AND YOUNG CONTESTERS
Marty Sullaway NN1C

Marty is a young and very competitive contester who has operated with some of the biggest multop stations around. He will give us some insight into contesting and on attracting younger people into the very exciting world of Radiosport.



11:00
ARRL FORUM
Fred Kemmerer AB1OC, ARRL New England Division Director

Fred will be joined by Vice Director Phil Temples K9HI and will provide a summary of the first 2 months of his term in office, and plans coming up for amateur radio in New England. He will also provide an update on ARRL activities and projects. Bring all of your questions and concerns to this exciting forum.



12:00 In-Person Event
AMATEUR RADIO GAME SHOW!
Mitch Stern W1SJ

No, it won’t be a tech forum or a “what’s new” forum. It will be a totally fun game show which you all are familiar with! A few lucky contestants will strive to answer ham radio trivia question (and some hard technical ones, too) to vie for valuable prizes (actually just bragging rights). Along the way we’ll identify door prize winners and make general announcements. Be sure to join us at this fast-paced and fun event and give HAM-CON 2022 a great sendoff!




Forums At A Glance

TIME
ROOM 1
ROOM 2
8:30   Happenings at ARRL (8:30)
9:00 RF Interference (9:00)
9:30 Radios and Aviation (9:30)
10:00 Developing New & Young Contesters (10:00)
10:30 Setting Up Your HF Station (10:30)
11:00 ARRL Forum (11:00)
11:30 Ask Dave (11:30)
12:00 Ham Radio Game Show (12:00)
12:30



GETTING THERE

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 THE SOUTH

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 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 Exit 16.
Alternate route: Autoroute 10, Autoroute 35 to Route 133 South to Border. Then I-89 to Exit 16.

FROM THE WEST

Lake Champlain Bridge Crossings:
Lake Champlain Winter Ferry crossings:

Ferry CrossingOperates
Plattsburgh, NY to Grand Isle, VT24/7
Essex, NY to Charlotte, VT7 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 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.

PARKING

We have free parking on site.



Join RANV!

The Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont sponsors HAM-CON. We are based in Northern Vermont but have members all over. If you would like to join RANV, or if you are an existing member and would like to renew, please go to our RANV Membership Portal. Not sure if your dues are due? Look this up.
 

It will be the very same HAM-CON we all love:

  • Flea Market, Vendors and Meet Your Pals
  • Forums, Meetings and Demonstrations

Donate!

If you found value in HAM-CON 2022, and have available funds, please consider a one-time donation. Go to our donation site click on "Send" and you can donate. Thank you OH SO MUCH!



WHAT WILL THE ON-LINE EVENT BE LIKE?

These are the events we are planning.

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.

We will have a camera set up in the vendor room. Live attendees will be able to stop and say hello. Attendees will have the ability to join the Zoom event from their phone to meet and greet with the on-line audience.



HAM-CON uses the Zoom Meeting Platform

Please go here to learn how to set up and check your version of Zoom







Pictures of Previous Hamfests!

HAM-CON 2014
HAM-CON 2013
HAM-CON 2012
HAM-CON 2011
HAM-CON 2010
HAM-CON 2009
Milton 2008
Milton 2004





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. 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




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