HAM-CON is sponsored by the
HAM-CON proudly carries on the Milton Hamfest tradition:
"and still the best little hamfest in the world!"
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.
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.
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.
Check back here soon for our forum schedule.
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!
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 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.
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.
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
Keep checking back here for new information.