New England Amateur Radio Festival

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New England Amateur Radio Festival


May 5 & 6, 2017

Deerfield, New Hampshire

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The Schedule of Events for NEAR-Fest XXI has been posted.

ARRL Award QSL Verification at NEAR-Fest

Dr Steve Kercel, AA4AK the ARRL’s Official Award QSL Checker in Maine, will be at NEAR-Fest on Friday, May 5th from Noon to 1500 hours to check QSL cards for folks seeking DXCC, WAS, VUCC contact verification. To coordinate with Steve prior to the event, email him at

Door Prizes – NEAR-Fest XXI

As was the case last fall, there will be TWO Grand Prize drawings, one on Friday, one on Saturday.

However there is a change in the procedure.  The Friday Grand Prize winner need not be present to win.  If the winner is present at the drawing on Friday they may choose either prize. The Saturday winner will receive the prize that is left. If the Friday prize winner is not present to choose the prize on Friday the Saturday winner, who must be present to win will be able to choose which prize he or she prefers. The remaining prize will be shipped to the Friday winner.

If there is no Grand Prize winner present after the first ticket is drawn on Saturday within a five minute period another ticket stub will be pulled from the barrel.  There will be a maximum of three draws if necessary.  If there is no winner the Saturday Grand Prize will be carried over until the next NEAR-Fest.

So you might want to stick around Saturday afternoon……..

And the Grand Prizes for NEAR-Fest XXI are:

Grand Prize

Retail price is about $1,700. Street price is around $1,300.

Grand Prize

Package includes many popular options including:
The KX2 Radio, Microphone, Internal Antenna Tuner, Lithium Ion Battery, and Rapid Charger.
This package is valued at $1,075

PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully, major prizes cannot be delivered to proxies so leaving your ticket with a friend won’t work.  Winners will be asked to present valid government-issued ID and, in the case of major prizes winners, we also need  the winner’s Social Security Number (SSN) and other information prior to receiving their prize.  All winners of prizes valued at $600 and higher will receive a Form 1099-MISC in January 2018 showing the full retail value with a copy going to you know who.

In addition, NEAR-Fest would like to thank the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for their generous donation of four gift certificates valued at a total of $150.  These will be given away as door prizes.