Boxboro W1A Special Event Station

Come and make contacts at the special event/contest station, W1A!  We will have at least two operating positions.

Hours of Operation

  • Friday: 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
  • Saturday: 8 AM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
  • Sunday: 8 AM to Noon

Other times available by appointment.  If you would like to reserve a slot, please sign up using the W1A Signup Doodle Poll.

Boxboro! 2017 – The ARRL New England Division Convention

Boxboro!  The ARRL New England Division Convention will be held on Friday through Sunday, September 8th through 10th, 2017 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough, MA

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The last day to purchase tickets and pay by US Mail is August 26.
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by Paypal is September 6.

  • Top notch Forums and Classes all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market: Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
  • Saturday morning opening ceremony featuring New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
  • VE Exams
  • Free Technician-in-a-day license study course
  • Collegiate Amateur Radio: reception on Saturday night, forum on Sunday
  • W1A special event station (reserve your time)

…and more!

Boxboro supports Students!  Donations and proceeds from the convention go to the New England FEMARA Scholarship fund, administered by the ARRL Foundation, supporting young hams attending college and trade schools.

A perfect radio club activity and fun for the entire family!

Rochester (NY) Hamfest – June 6th

2015-05-08Come one, come all!  The Rochester Hamfest sponsored by the Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RaRa) is Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7:00 AM rain or shine at Barnard Fireman’s Field, 360 Maiden Lane, Rochester, New York.  Admission is only $8.00 per person and $10.00 per vehicle to tailgate.  Youths under 16 are admitted free with a paying adult.

The Rochester Hamfest is one of the biggest in upstate New York.  Everything you want in a Hamfest is here.  Good food, lots of fun and a 16 acre flea market!  A free VE session will be offered along with hourly door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

More information can be found at http://www.rochesterhamfest.com.

NEAR-Fest, Deerfield, NH – May 1st & 2nd

2015-04-30A reminder that the biggest hamfest/flea market in our region, the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) XVII, is this weekend, Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.  General admission tickets valid for both days are $10.00.  The event kicks off Friday at 9am at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, New Hampshire.  Check out the official NEAR-Fest site for more information.  See you there!

Whitman ARC Flea Market – May 30th & 31st

2015-04-23The Whitman Amateur Radio Club (WARC) is currently planning their Flea Market to be held at the Knights of Columbus, 1195 Bedford Street, Whitman, Massachusetts.  The hall is located near the Whitman/Abington line on MA Route 18 and the event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 30th and Sunday May 31st, 8am to 3pm.  Further information may be obtained by calling WARC at 781-523-5010.  An official announcement should also be posted at their website soon.

 

NEAR-Fest Announcement & FreeFest Postponement

2015-03-11The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) will hold it’s seventeenth event Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd, 2015 at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, New Hampshire.  The event is held twice per year in May and October featuring a huge outdoor electronic flea market, three buildings full of commercial vendors, forums, technical seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, displays, licensing examinations, special events radio stations, a “jam session”, good food, fellowship and fun.  Discounted hotel rooms are available fifteen minutes from the event at the Super 8 Motel, 2301 Brown Avenue, Manchester, New Hampshire.  To reserve your room before it sells out, call them at (603) 623-0883.

Mister Mike, W1RC, General Chairman (affectionately known as the benevolent dictator) had previously announced at the October 2014 event that “because you guys have been such a wonderful group of attendees for the last eight years, we have decided that NEAR-Fest XVII in May of 2015 is going to be free.  There will be no admission charged”.  Later given the name FreeFest, it was announced by Mister Mike in the following March 1, 2015 press release that while NEAR-Fest will happen in May, the FreeFest aspect will be postponed to a future event:

Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest:

It is with great regret and sadness that I must inform the radio amateurs and electronic hobbyists of New England that the NEAR-Fest Board of Directors finds it necessary to POSTPONE the FreeFest aspect of NEAR-FEST XVII that was scheduled for May 2015. It will be held at a later date. However, first and foremost, I want to assure everyone that NEAR-Fest XVII WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED on May 1st and 2nd, 2015, at the Deerfield NH Fairgrounds. NEAR- Fest XVIII will also be held as scheduled on October 16th and 17th, 2015.

The Directors made the difficult decision to POSTPONE the FreeFest due to a legal issue that has arisen since the FreeFest was announced last October. The matter is being addressed professionally; however the funds that would have financed the FreeFester may now be needed to resolve this issue at hand. There was no other option open to us. It is important for everyone to understand that there are no issues or problems with the Deerfield Fair Association; in fact our relationship with them is better than ever.

I want to personally assure you all that the FreeFest will be rescheduled as soon as possible once this issue has been resolved. The entire NEAR-Fest management team is committed to, and is looking forward to, hosting the FreeFest, in it’s original spirit, to thank all our loyal attendees and the amateur radio community for the support since 2007. We appreciate your understanding and continued support. We hope to be able to post an update about FreeFest on our website before the end of the year. Advance tickets and inside parking passes will be on sale in the usual places starting in April. Check our Web site (www.near-fest.com) for more details.

To summarize: NEAR-Fest XVII WILL TAKE PLACE on May 1st and 2nd, 2015, exactly as scheduled, Admission will be the same as always, $10 per person and $10 for an inside parking pass. NEAR-Fest XVIII will also take place as scheduled on October 16th and 17th, 2015. The FreeFest that was planned to take place as a part of NEAR-Fest XVII is POSTPONED until a later date.

The NEAR-Fest staff and management as well as I thank you for your total support and understanding.

73,

MisterMike, W1RC

Boxboro! 2015 Convention August 21, 22, 23

2015-02-01Tickets for the 2015 Boxboro! convention are now on sale.

As you may have noticed, we are breaking are usual “every other year”
schedule having a convention this year, so help us spread the word to your friends and acquaintances that there IS a convention this year.

The committee is lining up speakers, forums and exhibitors, so many details are still to be announced. However, Gordon West WB6NOA is confirmed as the keynote speaker at our Saturday banquet.

And finally.. be the first on your block to get tickets.
http://www.boxboro.org

73,
Bob DeMattia
Vice Chairman, Boxboro Convention Committee