NEARfest festival held in Bethlehem PA this May

NEARfest is always a hit in Pennsylvania –Don’t miss out on the fun in Bethlehem this year. The NEARfest is going to be rocking Bethlehem this May and is one of the top music festivals in the nation. Don’t miss out in Pennsylvania this year!

The NEAR-Fest, (an acronym for The New England Amateur Radio Festival) is the largest gathering of radio enthusiasts in the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada. The NEAR-Fest convenes twice annually in May and October at the Deerfield Fairgrounds at Deerfield New Hampshire.

Near Fest 2014 logo
Near Fest 2014

Dates for 2014 Spring: Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd 2014 Fall: Friday October 10th and Saturday October 11th 2014.

Radio enthusiasts line up at the Deerfield NH Fairgrounds gates in eager anticipation of another NEAR-Fest.

All radio enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend. In addition to a large number of amateur radio operators, many short-wave listeners, scanner buffs and antique radio collectors enjoy the NEAR-Fest. In addition to the huge tailgating swapfest there are three large buildings filled to capacity with commercial vendors, many forums and seminars, FCC examining sessions and the world renown NEAR-Fest “Ham-Jam” that rocks the Fairgrounds until the wee hours of the morning.

NEAR-Fest is NOT run by a club or any other such entity. It was created in February 2007 by “Mister Mike”, W1RC and his friends Gary W2INR, Timtron WA1HLR, Mike K1TWF, Ed N1IWV, Clem VE2BIA, Paul W1PRA and Todd KA1KAQ to ensure that the “Grand Tradition” started by The Hosstraders in May 1973 would continue. It is is best described as a “benevolent dictatorship” as well as “a party for 3,000 of our closest friends”. The not-for-profit corporation devotes any funds in excess of its costs to promoting the amateur radio hobby to newcomers, with special emphasis towards young people. Towards that end in May 2008 NEAR-Fest donated an amateur radio station to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord New Hampshire (formerly known as the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium). NEAR-Fest has also supported Shriners hospitals and burns centers in Boston, Springfield MA and Montreal. In 2013 NEAR-Fest raised over $3,500.00 for the ONE-FUND BOSTON effort to benefit the Marathon bombing victims and established three $1,000.00 scholarships for students studying electronics technology in ME, NH and VT.

Current “Central Committee” members are “Mister Mike”, W1RC, “Benevolent Dictator”; Timtron WA1HLR, Director of on-site communications; Mike K1TWF, Director of Operations (Emeritus); Paul W1PRA, Sergeant-at-Arms; Todd KA1KAQ, Hamfest Security; John K1JJS, Director of Commercial Exhibits; Larry N1PHV, Director of Operations; Gregg W1USA, Treasurer and Warren, W1GUD, Director of Media and Public Relations.

via NEAR-Fest – HF Underground.


Official NEARfest Facebook Page


The North East Art Rock Festival, or NEARfest for short, is a two-day event celebrating the resurgence of progressive and eclectic music in the United States and around the world. The event is held annually in early summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, approximately one hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours west of New York City. The festival was founded in the spring of 1998 by Robert LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson, with the first event occurring in 1999. NEARfest has quickly grown to become “the most prestigious progressive music festival in the world.”

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Dates of the NEARfest

The music fest will be held on May 2 to 3, in 2014. Don’t miss out the great lineup of musicians performing this year.

Bands and performers at NEARfest in past years

Here are some of the top bands that have performed at NEARfest in the past:

Location of NEARfest

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