Shorter days, trees cloaked in orange and russet and yellow and scarlet, a warm glow suffusing the sky at sunset as days shorten — it’s fall in New England. For the ham-radio crowd in the region and beyond, few events say fall like NEAR-Fest, the New England Amateur Radio Festival.
NEAR-Fest, held twice a year at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH, has a spring edition as well. But it fits best with fall. Perhaps it’s because New Hampshire in May is monochromatic. Greener than winter, for sure. But the colors are all subtle or not-so-subtle variations on a single hue.
Fall brings out a richness and variety of color that matches the variety of the people and wares at the event. NEAR-Fest celebrated its 14th event the weekend of Oct. 12. But it has a richer, deeper history.