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NEAR-Fest XXIX Cancelled!

posted Jan 13, 2021, 4:08 AM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Jan 13, 2021, 4:09 AM ]

January 12th 2021.....


Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest.....

I am sure that just everyone knew this was coming but this makes it is official.

The latest announcement is from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.....Hamvention 2021 is cancelled.    

Given the current Coronavirus situation with new cases reported every day at astronomical levels (on January 8th there were 7,110 in Mass. alone) and the fact that the vaccination process is running behind schedule we have decided that April 30th/May 1st 2021 is far too soon to hold NEAR-Fest XXIX and guarantee that it will safe for all.  Consequently I have this day notified the Deerfield Fair Association that we have decided to cancel it.

This decision was not taken lightly but it is also a no brainer.  As you know this is the third NEAR - Fest that had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.  The good news is that NEAR-Fest XXX is scheduled for October 15th and 16th, 2021 and, for the first time since this started, I am fully confident this will be our grand “NEAR-Fest Homecoming!”

Advance tickets and parking passes that were sold for NEAR- Fest XXIX will be valid for NEAR-Fest-XXX.  However anyone wanting a full refund may have it.  Email for details.

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Please advise your club/association members.

73 and see you all on October 15th!

Mister Mike, W1RC
Benevolent Dictator
New England Amateur Radio Festival, Inc.