_It has been announced that the Hosstraders event itself has been discontinued._

Hosstraders was a big hamfest (amateur radio festival) and "flea market for geeks". It was held twice a year at the Hopkinton Fair grounds. See HosstradersAnnouncement for more info. Linux and ham radio go together very well. See HamRadio for why.

GNHLUG tried to have a booth at Hosstraders and do the Linux evangelism thing. We spead the word about Linux in general and GNHLUG in particular. We also had CDs/DVDs with recent Linux software (generally burned to order), which we sold for a buck per CD ($3 per DVD).

BenScott and MadDog were the last major coordinators for this, but quite a few others help out, and the help was needed and appreciated. Just manning the booth and answering questions helped a lot. In the past, EdLawson had sometimes managed to bring a Linux-based ham demo, which really rocked.


Present and past volunteers include:


Ideas for Future Improvements

  • More Ham radio demos and knowledge
  • A custom CD (bootable or otherwise) with radio-related software on it
    • Does this mean "custom with GNHLUG info" or what? Harv's Hamshack Hack is already a bootable, radio-centric Linux distro. -- BenScott - 20 Sep 2006
  • Load up some of those junkers with an appropriate linux distro - have them live on the 'Net for webmail, and let people take them home for a modest donation.



  • Announcements
  • Reserve booth
  • Table rental for the booth
  • Sign-up warm bodies to man the booth
  • Make signs, banners, flyers, etc.
  • Download Linux distro disc images
  • Gather "Information" (see below)


This information should be saved to hard drive for offline access while at the event, and/or printed out so we have hard copy. Preferrably both.


  • Computers with CD recorders
  • UPS
  • Power cords and strips
  • Ethernet cables and hub


  • Blank discs
  • Disc sleeves
  • Markers
  • Rubber bands
  • Masking tape
  • Index cards


  • GNHLUG signs/banners
  • GNHLUG flyers (many copies, for distribution)
  • GNHLUG "business cards"
  • Signs with list of distros/archs and "burned to order" w/ price


  • Fans and/or space heaters (depending on weather)
  • Umbrella (it always rains)
  • Folding chairs
  • Extra folding table(s)?
  • Small spotlights?

Wireless link back to Ted's House

  • Two WRT54G's in WDS mode
  • Two directional 2.4GHz antennas, 12dB
  • LMR-400 cable with N-to-RP-TNC pigtails
  • One PoE injector
  • 300' of Ethernet cable
  • A couple mounting boards
  • ratchet straps for attaching to a tree
  • cable ties for stringing up wireless feed wire
  • a ladder for getting up in the trees
  • A stable DNS server (Ted's ISP can be shakey, c. spring 2006)
  • a switch/WAP at the booth for distributing the connection
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