Thursday Night Comedy Kickoff – Reminder

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Just a quick reminder, tickets are limited at the Thursday comedy kickoff event. Sales will stop once we have sold 250 tickets. Thus far, only people on our ham radio mailing lists have received notice of these tickets being available online. However, later this week we will begin an ad campaign to the general public in the Marlborough area. We expect tickets will sell briskly once this is done.

If you’ve been on the fence about attending the event, now is a good time to decide. Juston puts on a great show. If your would like to see him in action, lots of his videos can be found on his official YouTube channel.

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Thursday Night Comedy

Juston McKenneyWe’ll kick off the weekend on Thursday night with a laugh! We’re pleased to announce that world-renowned comedian Juston McKinney will present his comedy act. Juston has starred in numerous Comedy Central shows including his half-hour Comedy Central Presents and his one-hour special “Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole.” He has multiple appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as well as a Showtime Special with Rob Gronkowski. He has also appeared twice at Denis Leary’s, Comics Come Home at the TD Garden. Seating is limited to 250, so if you want to go, get your tickets soon! $35

Of course, after the kickoff we have an incredible lineup of workshops, talks and presentations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including workshops on: POTA (“Parks On The Air”), contesting, and digital modes and of course the Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner and the Saturday grand banquet.

Tickets for individual events as well as the “Convention PLUS” package can be purchased by visiting

The PLUS package includes:

* General Admission
* NEW Thursday Night Comedy Kickoff
* Friday Dinner
* Saturday Banquet

For the latest news and updates on the 2024 Northeast HamXposition / New England Convention, visit


Bob – K1IW

Chairman, HamXposition 2024

Comedy Show Thursday 8/22 at 8PM
Seminars & Forums Fri, Sat, and Sun
Flea Market Hours: Fri 12-5, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-1
Exhibit Hall Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 9-1

2024 Northeast HamXposition to Offer “Mini-Contest University”

The Northeast HamXposition and New England Division Convention is proud to announce a major addition to its program for 2024.  

“Mini-Contest University,” or mini-CTU, based on K3LR’s popular Contest University, has been featured at the Dayton Hamvention since 2007 and has been presented in 15 countries to over 10,000 participants, is a series of contest-oriented talks and presentations offered at HamXposition on Friday. Interested participants may attend free of charge. Registration information and locations will be announced soon. Watch for details.

Door prizes will include gift certificates, courtesy DX Engineering, and an autographed copy of the ARRL’s popular Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners book written by Doug Grant, K1DG.

The preliminary mini-CTU agenda for Friday, August 23, 2024, is as follows:

8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Introduction – Doug Grant, K1DG, and Tim Duffy, K3LR
9:15 AM Getting started in Contesting – Randy Thompson, K5ZD
10:00 AM coffee break
10:30 AM Station setup for Contesting – Paul Young, K1XM
11:15 PM Antennas for Contesting – Mark Pride, K1RX
12:00 PM lunch break
1:15 PM Eyeball QSO Party – Doug Grant, K1DG
1:30 PM Contest Operating Strategy –  John Dorr, K1AR
2:15 PM Choosing the best radio for Contesting – Rob Sherwood, NCØB
3:00 PM Q & A session – all speakers, “Ask me Anything” format
3:30 PM prize drawing


Mini-CTU Outline:

Getting Started in Contesting

Why it is fun
How it helps you become better at …EmComm, POTA, everything!
How to make a contest QSO
How to submit an entry
Digital contesting
Logging programs

Station setup for contesting

Focus will be on practical issues for small-lot, small station setup
Ergonomic equipment layout 
Computer interface and automation
Antennas for contesting

This is the most important equipment in your station!
High band options – beams
Low band options – how to be competitive with simple wires
Feedlines and connectors

HamXposition 2024 DX / Contest Banquet Speaker: Yuri Onipko, VE3DZ

VE3DZWe are pleased to have as our special guest well-known international DXer/Contester Yuri Onipko, VE3DZ.

Yuri will recap his 50 years of DX and Contesting activities sharing his operating experiences from a variety of locations from around the world.  Yuri recently took top honors in the 2022 WRTC competition held in Italy. He will share practical lessons learned and offer advice for those that may be considering a DXpedition or contest effort from a remote location.

The DX / Contest Banquet will be held at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center Marlborough, Massachusetts on Friday evening, August 23, 2024.  Tickets for the banquet and other events can be purchased online at



Marborough Area Attractions Added to Website

Welcome to Marlborough highway signThe website now has a new page, “Welcome to Marlborough.” It highlights numerous hospitality, historical, and entertainment venues situated in and around Marlborough and the Metro West area. The page is a valuable resource for attendees who are traveling to the convention accompanied by non-ham family members and children.

Steve Goodgame, K5ATA, Saturday Keynote Speaker

Steve Goodgame, K5ATAWe’re pleased to announce our Saturday Keynote Speaker: ARRL’s Steve Goodgame, K5ATA. 

Steve Goodgame spent 21 years in the classroom working to incorporate amateur radio into his instruction. Now, Steve leads ARRL’s Education and Learning Department. Steve has a passion for youth outreach, and works constantly to find ways to engage more youth in wireless technology and help teachers ELEVATE their STEM programs.

Married to Cyndi, K5CYN and father of Jherica, KI5HTA, Steve is a part of a true ham family, and has seen first-hand how an early introduction to amateur radio can have a positive impact on students.

A firm believer that amateur radio’s future lies in STEM Education, Steve is on a mission to make it more accessible for everyone.

Friday Night DXCC/Contest Dinner with Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA

Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCAJoin your fellow hams for a delicious DXCC/Contest dinner on the second night of the 2024 Northeast HamXposition! Accompanying us will be Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, presenting on his recently completed Swains Island W8S DXpedition.

Adrian is a keen DXer with DXCC 315, 9BDXCC, IOTA and a passionate contester who participated in WRTC 2018 in Wittenberg, Germany. He usually operates in the contests as a guest operator from various superstations such as K1LZ, LZ5R, K1TTT or NR4M.

Adrian has been licensed since 1990 as YO8SCA while in high school. After finishing his university studies in computer science, he moved to USA where he obtained the vanity call KO8SCA. He currently lives in New York where he works as an IT consultant. The technical side and the lure of the DX are what first attracted Adrian to the hobby. He enjoys travelling and loves to combine it with ham radio whenever possible.

Adding to his ham radio repertoire, Adrian has participated in many DXpeditions to destinations including V8, TX0M/TX0A, 6O, 9M0, FJ, FM, J3, J8, VK9C, VK9X, VP5, VP9, and Z2. He has been a guest operator at 4U1UN and HV0A. 

HamXposition 2024 Banquet Speaker: Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW

Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWWWe’re pleased to announce that Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, will be the invited guest speaker for the Northeast HamXposition / ARRL New England Division Grand Banquet on Saturday, August 24, 2024.

Tamitha is a new kind of weather forecaster for our modern world. As we become more reliant on technology like our cell phones, GPS (GNSS), and other satellite services (and our use of the Amateur Radio bands) we find we are more susceptible to the effects of Space Weather. Just like terrestrial weather on Weather can Earth, Space be as mild as a rainstorm or as wild as a hurricane.

WX6SWW will show you in non-science jargon how this new kind of weather impacts your daily life. You will never look at the Sun or the Earth in the same way again.  After all, Space Weather is just like the weather in your own backyard, it’s just a little further up.

HamXposition 2024 Kicks Off With Comedy!

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Juston McKinney

Start your convention visit off on a laugh with the newest addition to our HamXposition line up! We’re pleased to announce that the 2024 Northeast HamXposition will kick off with a comedy at by world-renowned comedian Juston McKinney.

Juston has starred in numerous Comedy Central shows including his half-hour Comedy Central Presents and his one-hour special “Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole.” He has multiple appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as well as a Showtime Special with Rob Gronkowski. He has also appeared twice at Denis Leary’s, Comics Come Home at the TD Garden. 

Tickets are just $35, and also available as part of our “Convention Plus” package.

Seating will be limited to 250 persons, so don’t delay!

Enigma Expert Tom Perera, W1TP, Featured on RATPAC

Prof. Tom Perera, W1TP, a regular presenter at the Northeast HamXpositions, recently gave a talk at a Radio Amateur Training and Activities Committee (RATPAC) session, “Inside ENIGMA—Cracking the WWII Enigma Codes.”
The German military used Enigma cipher machines to encode and decode all of their important communications. The breaking of these Enigma codes is credited with shortening the war by two years, saving thousands of lives, and perhaps keeping Hitler from developing the Atomic bomb. This talk will explain in detail how the Enigma works and trace the fascinating history of the cracking of the Enigma Codes. The Real Story behind the “Imitation Game” movie will be explained.
Tom Perera has been a ham for over 70 years. He is a retired professor of neuroscience who specialized in research on the coding of information in the human brain and nervous system. He has been hunting for, collecting, researching, restoring and writing about Enigmas and their history for over 40 years. He located, restored and sold the Enigmas that star in the “Imitation Game” and “Snowden.” He provides extensive Enigma information through his Enigma book, his lectures and his website:
A recording of Tom’s presentation can be viewed at
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