HamXposition @Boxboro, Online Ticketing Open

Bob De Mattia, K1IW, writes:   The doors are open on our online ticketing system.  Please visit our website to find out more about our [September 6-8,] 2019 program and to purchase your general admission, flea market vendor, and Friday and Saturday dinner tickets!   www.hamxposition.org   ================ We still need about forty more volunteers to help out on 2 to 4 hours shifts. Receive a $10 lunch voucher for each day you help out.   To volunteer, please see our simple 30-second signup at: http:///www.hamxposition.org/volunteer   ================ And it you are interested in being a forum speaker, please see …

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New England QRP Club Program at HamXposition, September 6-8, 2019

The New England QRP Club has announced its agenda for the Northeast HamXposition convention (formerly known as “Boxboro”) September 6-8, 2019.  The three-day program kicks off with a Friday breakfast followed by setup of the special event station WQ1RP on the hotel grounds. Throughout the weekend is a pizza party, a “night owl” gathering, a kit build-a-thon, breakfasts, a full symposium of talks, and more.  A full description can be found by viewing the attached flyer.

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Meet-and-greet the Director Candidates at Boxboro

We are pleased pleased to announce a last-minute addition to the Boxboro program line-up! At the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon forums, incumbent ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and challenger Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, will face off in the Cotillion Room beginning at 5:00 PM. (It will be friendly—we promise.) In addition, we’ll open the cash bar early. Be sure to stop by, grab your favorite beverage, and listen to Tom and Fred articulate their respective visions for the ARRL. There will be ample time for questions and answers. Oh yes—be sure to vote in the election this …

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W1QSL Bureau Accepting Cards at Boxboro

Eric Williams, KV1J writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club reflector: Next weekend we have a QSL Bureau booth at the Boxboro show.  Our booth will be next to the ARRL booth. You can fund your Bureau account or get answers to your questions about the Bureau. We will be accepting cards for the ARRL Outgoing Bureau at the booth. Please see the instructions on the ARRL web for sending your cards and the fee structures  There is also a simple form to submit with your cards.  See http://www.arrl.org/files/file/QSL/Submission%20Form%202017-02-24.pdf . We are just collecting the cards for the ARRL so please …

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Boxboro Convention to Feature Amateur Radio Exposition For Young People

The 2018 Boxboro! ARRL New England  Division is pleased to announce that the Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS) will be presenting an Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People on September 8-9, 2018. This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including: Software Defined Radios High-Altitude Balloons Portable and Mobile stations Emergency Communications Fox-hunting In addition to the displays, the exposition will also feature a kit building activity. For a small cost ($20), you can purchase a kit and build it using NARS’s equipment and help from their mentors. The kit is a fully functional Morse code …

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Boxboro! Advance Ticket Registration, Hotel Room Deadline

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes on August 22:   There are only a few more days left before we close payments by US mail.  If you wish to use this option, please make sure to visit our website by this coming Friday.  We will continue to accept PayPal payments until September 5th.   If you are planning to stay overnight, rooms are available at the convention discount rate of $99/night.  Friday night is now sold out at this rate.  There are still a few rooms left on Saturday.  Call 978-263-8701 and use the discount code NEHAM!   http://www.boxboro.org   See you there!   Bob – K1IW …

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2018 Boxboro! Forum Schedule Posted

Information on forums and presentations at the 2018 Boxboro! New England Division Convention September 7-9, 2018 is now on-line, according to Boxboro Program Chair Phil Temples, K9HI. This year’s program spans three days, beginning on Friday, September 7 at 10:00 AM with a special ARES/SKYWARN track and concluding on Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 PM with the main prize drawing and convention wrap-up. See http://boxboro.org/forums-and-classes/forum-schedule for program presenters, titles, times, room locations, and abstracts. 

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Previous Year’s Boxboro Program Videos Now On-line

The Boxboro Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a video collection of talks and presentations at the 2017 Boxboro – New England Division Convention.  The collection can be found at https://archive.org/details/femarainc.  (FEMARA, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation which sponsors and runs the ARRL New England Division Convention.)    The Committee plans to add future videos to the collection as well as older programs.   Contact committee member Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, if you have questions about the videos.  

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2018 Boxboro! Program Schedule Announced

The 2018 Boxboro! New England ARRL Division Convention has released its program schedule of forums, meetings and presentations on September 7-9, 2018.  “We’ll feature a wide variety of technical and non-technical talks and presentations throughout the weekend,” said Phil Temples, K9HI, Boxboro Program Chair. “Everything from: SKYWARN Training, AMSAT and MARS forums, Easy RF Fingerprinting, along with several sessions on Youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and much, much more.” The entire schedule is now available for viewing on the Boxboro web site at: http://boxboro.org/forums-and-classes.

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Tech-In-A-Day™ Program At Boxboro Convention, September 8, 2018

The Boxboro-ARRL New England Division Convention will again feature a Tech-in-a-Day™ program, sponsored by instructors from the   Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association. The day-long technician study course will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM. After the end of the class, there will be a special VE Exam for course attendees. There is a small fee to cover course materials, along with an FCC established $15 exam fee. If you wish to participate, please preregister for the class using this online signup form. For more information about the Tech-in-a-Day™ program visit the CAARA website or contact Stan Stone, …

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Boxboro DXCC/Contest Dinner Guest Speaker: Don Greenbaum, N1DG

Join your fellow hams for a delicious DXCC/Contest dinner on the first night of the [Boxboro New England Division] convention. Accompanying us will be Don Greenbaum, N1DG, telling the story of his upcoming trip to Baker Island, as part of the KH1/KH7Z DXpedition. Don was a banker on Wall Street, and in the early 1980s, became Treasurer of Commodore International. The job at Commodore took him all over the world and he began operating from exotic DX locations as well. During this time, Don wrote one of the very first ham radio logging programs in BASIC for the Commodore 64 and …

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MMRA Announces Door Prizes at the 2018 Boxboro! Convention

In keeping with a 10 year or so tradition, MMRA will be offering Door Prizes at the 2018 MMRA convention. The prize winners will be announced at approximately noon in the MMRA room at the convention on Sunday September 9th. All holders of MMRA memberships expiring in August 2020 or later are eligible to win.  Additional opportunities to win are provided for donations as follows: 7 tickets for every $10 donated 3 tickets for every $5 donated 1 ticket for every $2 donated The prizes for this year are: 1st prize: Icom IC2730A Dual Band Mobile transceiver 2nd prize: Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band …

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Be A Boxboro Volunteer!

Are you planning to attend the Boxboro ARRL New England Division Convention on September 7-9, 2018? Volunteers play a crucial role in making the convention possible. Help your fellow hams, and have a fun time doing it. Convention volunteers working for a two or more hour slot receive a voucher for a free lunch with the hotel! Just fill out the form, or contact Boxboro Volunteer Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE.

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2018 Boxboro! Call For Speakers

Don’t just attend Boxboro 2018—BE A PART OF IT! The Boxboro Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention, September 7-9, 2018. We’re looking for talks of both a technical and non-technical nature. As a Boxboro speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with Amateur Radio operators from around New England, surrounding states, and Canada. In addition to forums throughout the day Saturday, we will feature Saturday evening entertainment, workshops on Friday, and a half-day Sunday program. If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, …

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The ARRL New England convention will be held Friday through Sunday September 8 – 10 in Boxboro MA.

While we have not planned a table this year, there will be a “Meet and Greet” get-together at 1:00 PM Saturday September 9 in the Board Room for all traffic handlers and anyone interested in the handling of formal message traffic.  Meet traffic handlers from all over New England and have an opportunity to talk about your questions and concerns regarding NTS, traffic nets and message handling in general.  Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM East and West Mass

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Boxboro 2017 Tickets Now On Sale

Boxboro/New England Division Convention logoBob Di Mattia, K1IW writes:

Hello All,

Just a quick note that we have opened ticketing on the Boxboro website. Boxboro! The ARRL New England Convention is held annually at the Boxboro Regency, just of I-495, in Boxborough, Mass.

This year, the convention is on September 8, 9, and 10. Friday the 8th is special forum day with emergency management, SKYWARN, and other special-topic forums. Friday wraps up with the DXCC/Contesting dinner where this year our speaker is Jeff Briggs, K1ZM. He will be telling us all about the 7O6T DXpedition to Yemen.

The convention gets into full swing on Saturday and Sunday when the exhibit hall and flea is open, along with an excellent set of forums, VE exams, License-is-a-Day, and other goodies.

Our Saturday Grand Banquet features Paul Stoerzer, N8HM, of AMSAT. He has racked up all sorts of awards based on a small apartment-based station and will be letting on about his tricks or the trade.

Learn more about the convention, and purchase general admission, flea spaces and banquet tickets at http://www.boxboro.org.

General admission tickets (only) are also available at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem, NH, and at Electronics Plus! in Littleton, MA.

Bob – K1IW
Boxboro 2017! Publicity Chair

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ARRL New England Division Convention, Call for Speakers

Boxboro logoDon’t just attend Boxboro 2017—BE A PART OF IT! The Boxboro Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention, September 8-10, 2017. We’re looking for talks of both a technical and non-technical nature. As a Boxboro speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with Amateur Radio operators from around New England, surrounding states, and Canada.

In addition to forums throughout the day Saturday, we will feature Saturday evening entertainment, workshops on Friday, and a half-day Sunday program.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.

Groups who wish to set up information tables should get your requests in early. While the tables are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.

To register as a presenter, please go to http://boxboro.org/forums-and-classes or email or call us if you have additional questions.

We look forward to meeting all of you at the convention.


Phil Temples, K9HI
Program Chair
Boxboro! ARRL New England Division Convention

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The 2016 New England Division ARRL convention is being held September 9-11 at the Sheraton Boxboro in Boxboro MA.  In 2015 NTS had a table in the exhibit hall where folks could stop by and greet friends or get information on message handling and traffic nets in the area.  We will again have a table this year and you are invited to stop by and say hello.  If any traffic handlers have some time we would welcome you to help man this table during Saturday and Sunday.

This year we will also have an NTS forum scheduled at 11 AM Saturday morning.  Check the schedule for room location and come join us to meet friends, ask questions, learn more about NTS and message handling.

Marcia KW1U

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Volunteers Sought for Boxboro Convention, Sept. 9-11, 2016

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Boxboro Convention Volunteer Chair Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes:

Please forward this information to the members of your club.

The ARRL New England Convention will be held in Boxboro, MA on September 9, 10, and 11, 2016. We are looking for a large number of volunteers and are asking for your help.

Volunteers are asked to work a 2-hour shift, and will receive a voucher for a free lunch (maximum: $10 value). Jobs involve a minimum of physical activity, mostly long periods of sitting. Some jobs are outdoors, while others are indoors.

These are the times where volunteers are needed:

  • Friday: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, and also 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If you can help, please indicate the times that you are available, and if you are available to work for more than one shift.

Please reply directly to Andy (KB1OIQ): kb1oiq@arrl.net or kb1oiq@mval.net.

Thanks, and 73,


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NESMC Annual Membership Meeting, Boxboro, Sept. 10, 2016

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Bob DeMattia, K1IW writes:

[The New England Spectrum Management Council] will be holding its 2016 annual membership meeting at the New England Division ARRL Convention (‘Boxboro!’) on September 10, 2016. This is at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The exact room and time will be made available when we have it.

We will be holding our biannual elections at this meeting. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the eight directors (two in each ARRL section: EMA, WMA, ME, NH, and RI).

Our current secretary and treasurer have both indicated they will not be seeking re-election, so the need for nominations for these two positions is critical.

Please send any nominations to contact@nesmc.org.

Tickets to the convention and its activities can be found on the convention website, http://www.boxboro.org. A general admission ticket is required to visit the convention exhibit area, flea market, and most forums. It will not be required if you are only attending the NESMC meeting.

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