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« on: October 11, 2021, 02:28:02 PM »

    Ok, so the news you have all been waiting for! (not) I, aka the Bear, will
be at NEARFEST Fryday only.

IF any of you wish to make an "eyeball" for certain, please email me, or PM me!

I will be bringing some gear.
May or may not be of interest to some.
No junk, no "it worked the last time that it worked"...

Preview:
(should have) Globe King 500, by WRL.
R-390A checked out, running, good condition.
HRO-60 with drawers, good condition.
GPR-90 in case, WITH Speaker
2 x SP 600, one working ok, the other working need TLC (blue light specials!)
Collins TUNER - the military one (I'll have to look at the tag)
Gates or RCA rack mount mod monitor
Other "stuff" to be named at a later date!

Anyone who is so inclined please email me - the email with this account is good.
As it me on QRZ.

Hope to see YOU there!

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2021, 10:07:17 AM »

I'll be there with a passel of premium receivers - Cubic R-3030, Harris RF-590, Collins 651S-1, dual Racal 6830 rack, a nice 75A3, a Collins commercial 10KW(!) tuner, and a McKay DR33 with all Collins mechanical filters fitted.

TNX to Mr Mike and crew for putting on the best hamfest in the US!
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2021, 03:29:03 PM »

I'll be there with a nice NC-190 with matching speaker, a Millen 90800 exciter, 90831 modulator, and a Viking I that needs a LV power transformer.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2021, 06:45:00 PM »

Hot off the presses!

Additional Available @ Nearfeast:    (Friday ONLY!! - can have it held for Sat on request!)

An original Globe King 500 (a suitable rack cabinet available upon request)

4 x 572B Penta.
4 x 3-500 Eimac
2 x 4-1000

PM or Email if you have specific interest.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2021, 11:20:57 PM »

I値l be there,  my first time. I値l have a name tag, so say hello if you see me.I知 going both days,
What time does it open?
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2021, 01:04:08 AM »

I値l be there,  my first time. I値l have a name tag, so say hello if you see me.I知 going both days,
What time does it open?
From the Near-fest web site:
https://near-fest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/NEAR-Fest-XXX-Gate-Handout-FINAL-e1633916562979.jpg

From the home page:


Gates open at 9am on Friday and 7am on Saturday.

Closing ceremonies at 2pm on Saturday
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2021, 08:17:26 AM »

I値l be there,  my first time. I値l have a name tag, so say hello if you see me.I知 going both days,
What time does it open?

Enjoy....NEAR-Fest is my number 1 favorite of all Festers!  Don't miss the AM dinner on Friday night.

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2021, 08:56:16 AM »

My first trip to Nearfest.. hoping to meet some of you who致e helped me here. I値l only be there on Friday. Tell me more about this AM dinner

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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2021, 09:02:49 AM »

Afaik, local headhunters round up AM operators and throw them into a pot, boil and eat them.

Best ask one of the many AMers, they go out for a dinner on Fryday evening at a local
restaurant - not sure which one it will be this time. Someone should come in here and
say, I expect?

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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2021, 06:36:07 PM »


So, everything went south, went sideways.

Thursday I was wiped out, beat, paralyzed, exhausted, craptout.
Been fighting Lyme symptoms, again, and had started antibiotics back on Sunday.
Felt fine.

Until Thursday.

Started the day ok, loading the car.
Then... wooomp.

Energy depleted, a Timtron "NiCad" bottom out.

I realized, no way. Not possible.

Symptoms decreasing today, but slept all afternoon.
Of course, I had deals set up and people bringing stuff, and I am sure that this
was a banner event. Been looking forward to it since before Covid.

Hope there are good pix to see.

"Some days the lion gets you, other days you get the lion"

<sigh>

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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2021, 10:50:10 PM »

So sorry you were not feeling well Bear.  Well, get ready for Spring NEAR-Fest and we will see you then!

For other reasons, we were not able to attend this year.  I was really bummed out since I have looking forward to the return of NEAR-Fest. 

Hopefully all those that made it had a great time. 

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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2021, 03:00:54 PM »

Hi All..great event..loads of people..there were rows set-up that I've never seen..there were sellers it seems all over the fairgrounds..sorry ya missed it Bear..Joe too..a new wrinkle for myself was finding a brandy new food vendor up at the AM corral area..Donnas Sausage Stand..all shiny and new..did not partake but on a few trips by hoid several folks saying it was better than the other guy..??..just saying is all..minor gripe..what's up with the ARRL..?..very few handouts/books..it was a "skeleton" crew operation....huge attendence..mucho tnx to Mr Mike and crew!!!  73 de DAVE WB1EAD
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2021, 08:58:23 AM »

    Sorry you couldn't make it, Bear, but at least you're feeling better. I kept an eye out for you just in case.
    Turnout was better than I can remember - they even opened up two additional food booths, which was cool. If they open up the Polish Kitchen again in the spring, I'm going to try that one.
    I met more AM'ers at this Nearfest than at any other, though based on what I heard on Sunday morning's AM Carrier net, I missed a lot, too. It's tough, really; unless we're all wearing our calls in big block letters on our shirts, we never connect. But still, made a good number of first-time meets.
    Came away with some great finds. My regular 6 meter AM rig is the Zeus/Interceptor, and I always figured I'd like to find another, as a backup. On Friday I came home with two Zeus and one Interceptor, and a power supply/modulator.
    A nice mod reactor and a big plate transformer followed; some assorted tubes and sockets, nice bench supplies, and an old industrial or medical amplifier chassis, complete with 3-400 tubes and chimneys and excellent gear-driven air variables. I'm thinking I can shoehorn three 3-500Z's in there, with a little drilling and blasting.
   Also came away with two Heath HX-30 6 meter AM/SSB transmitters. Anyone know anything about those rigs? The web has been largely purged of Heath documentation.
   And a Nearfest bonus: there was a big camper down near the bathroom, with a big spread of tables around it, a pair of speakers on the roof; playing some of the most awesome Jazz I've ever heard. Complimented the guy on his musical taste, and found out the name of the group: Tuba Skinny. I downloaded three of their albums Sunday morning. Not every treasure you bring home from Nearfest is tangible hardware.

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« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2021, 09:28:57 AM »

My first Nearfest, definitely not my last! Came home with several things I was looking for and some things I didn稚 need. Met several people, including Tim! I also got to meet up with a friend I致e know for almost 50 years. Last time we saw each other was about 25 years ago
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2021, 07:45:09 PM »

I was able to be there Friday, my first time. I was able to squeeze it in between things while on a trip to NYC with my wife to see Broadway shows -- really the only way I could make it happen.

Seemed like a big shindig, saw lots of stuff I could use, but resisted buying most of it. Saw a couple people whose calls I recognized, nice conversations with a few people. I am lousy with names and calls, so I can't say who really well.

If I can, I'll attend again!

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