Northeast HamXposition @ Boxboro 2019 - Sept. 6, 7 & 8th, 2019

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I would like to go but I am unsure I will be able to make it at the moment. That's the weekend after labor day and chances are I will be in RI. I'm still interested in building a backpack radio using a 12V mobile radio and doing QRP work.
 

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Perhaps some more national commercial vendors than NEAR-Fest.
Smaller tailgate space than NEAR-Fest.
Way, way more seminars.
 

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Perhaps some more national commercial vendors than NEAR-Fest.
Smaller tailgate space than NEAR-Fest.
Way, way more seminars.
Based on the last 2 Near-Fests that I attended:
- Defintely more national commercial vendors (including manufacturers) attend Boxboro.
- Tailgate space is in flat area without muddy swamp areas, less space but maybe equal number of tailgaters (large parking area was pretty sparse at Near-Fest last 2 times I was there) at Boxboro.
- Lots of educational seminars at Boxboro. The handful of seminars at Near-Fest tend to be a lot of repeats, not announced until no earlier than a week prior to the event.
- Good food and bathrooms with running water, soap and paper towels at Boxboro. Only two (IIRC) crude stadium-style "bathrooms" with running cold water but usually no soap or paper towels at Near-Fest.
 
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Congratulations! I brought my 2-year old daughter today, she played with the morse code keys and broadcast a very emphatic "No!" on another gentleman's rig. She might be hooked.
 

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I passed my Tech today at the expo. My son is the one who wanted to get involved in the hobby, so in support of him I decided I should give it a try. In a couple weeks I will get my official blessing from the FCC.
Congrats! I myself have a few HT radios including the obligatory $25 Baofeng from Amazon, but to be honest what I have been using my license for mainly this year is drone flying.
 

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Holy Cow! We just found out that HamExposition (formerly "Boxboro") has not only changed the venue but the DATE!!!! Read this info and plan accordingly.

2020 Northeast HamXposition: New Venue and New Date!
January 23, 2020 - by k9hi

Northeast HamXposition 2019 General Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, wrote to convention vendors and exhibitors on January 23, 2020:

To all our vendors, past, present, and (we hope) future:

Northeast HamXposition at Boxboro, the New England ARRL Division Convention, is now four months behind us. The 2019 show went well. The gate remained steady. Attendance at the banquets, forums, and flea market was solid, and there were many smiling faces. We have a formula that works well.
So now it’s time for us to raise the bar. Some big changes are coming to the Northeast HamXposition.
The biggest is a change of date and venue. Going forward, the Northeast HamXposition will be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, MA, on the 4th full weekend of July. This year, the dates are July 24, 25, and 26. Reserve that weekend – we have it nailed down for the next 5 years at least.
Why change? There are several reasons:
  1. The Royal Plaza has considerably more parking, and plenty of flea market space. It’s a nice, clean, large, and up-to-date venue
  2. The Boxboro site was having trouble making commitments to us for the adjoining parking lot. It was only a matter of time before we found ourselves, on short notice, without sufficient parking.
  3. The Royal Plaza has an adjacent Trade Center complex. While we won’t need to use it this year, we want to have enough expansion space that we can hold a National Convention some time in the next few years
  4. The Boxboro facility is, frankly, a getting a bit timeworn.
  5. The Royal Plaza has other adjacent hotels, as well as numerous restaurants and other shops – far more than the Boxboro location
  6. Unlike the current convention, the 4th weekend of July doesn’t conflict with the September VHF contest
We’re scrambling to update our forms and procedures. I’ll be sending out another message shortly, as soon as these are all in order.
Please reserve the date, July 24-26. We would love to see you there!
73,
Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF
Northeast HamXposition vendor chair
[email protected]
 

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That Boxboro hotel is a pit and has been for >30 yrs, they keep losing their franchises probably due to the rundown facility and bad business practices. Read the reviews on Yelp! (and I'm sure elsewhere) and you know that you don't want to stay there.
 

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No major contest that weekend, which is good. RSGB IOTA, which could be fun to operate the on-site SEStation for that one.

I failed my Novice test in August 1988 at Boxboro- too much pressure. Passed through technician and general in November 88 @ WPI.

likely will be going to meet up with friends.

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