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Door Prizes

doorprizeOSRobin Kessler of R&D Associates who is giving a workshop on Computer Safety and Tips and Tricks Using Windows 8.1 will also be raffling for free, donated by Microsoft,, , Second Copy Backup Software and Startisback, a full licensed copy of Windows 8.1, Office Pro 2013, Seconcopy Backup, Malwarebytes Pro, Startisback, & Superantispyware Pro. You need to attend the workshop to win.At the Microsoft Booth, they will raffle off one licensed Copy of Office 2013 Pro plus free give-aways. You do not need to stay there to win.

There will be door prizes at the Saturday Evening Banquet. Here is a list of a few of the doorprizeofficeprizes:

  • Microsoft Backpack
  • Windows 8 Professional
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Professional
  • And More…

Collaboration with Microsoft through Microsoft Community Connections

The Trenton Computer Festival is proud to announce a collaboration with Microsoft through Microsoft Community Connections. Microsoft will be presenting and demonstrating the latest and greatest devices and services they have to help SMBs realize their full potential through technology.Attending the festival will be Robin Kessler of R&D Internet Associates, a local Small Business Entrepreneur &  Microsoft Partner who dedicates a great deal of her time to providing free education seminars and demonstrations of state of the art Microsoft products to Small Businesses and the Home User. Joining Robin at the festival is Phillip Tavener, Business Solutions Specialist at the Microsoft Store in Bridgewater NJ – “the newest innovation in the Microsoft Family.”

Get a Ham Radio License in One Day!

(Ham Radio License Testing and Preparatory Cram Course)



If you wanted to get an amateur radio license but never had the time, now is your opportunity!  The FCC has changed the rules so that Morse code proficiency is not required.  To obtain the entry-level Technician license, all one has to do is pass a multiple-choice exam.  With a Technician Class License, one may participate in Amateur Radio and enjoy privileges for operation on the HF amateur bands, use of VHF & UHF repeaters, participation in local Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day, and many other activities.  The course will step through the information needed to pass the FCC Technician License exam.


Preparation prior to participation in the course and the exam is strongly encouraged.

The slides and material that will be used for the ham cram will be at:  A truly wonderful and free study guide can be found at  Students are strongly urged to make use of it.

Online practice exams are also of great benefit. Registration is necessary, but otherwise its free.  Once you get your license, this web site will prove to be a great resource as well.

Here is another website that contains a wealth of information and links regarding Morse code for amateur radio. This website gives a good concise history of Morse code and it’s uses.

On Saturday March 15, 2014 we will be holding three One Hour lectures beginning at 9:00 am, lunch at 12:30 pm and a practice exam (from 1:30 pm. to 2:30 pm).  At 3:30 pm the FCC examination will be given by ARRL-certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs).  One does not have to attend the HAM CRAM 101 or pay for admission to TCF to attend the exam session.  An exam fee ($15.00) must be paid by each examinee.  Two forms of identification (at least one must have your photograph) will be required to take the exam. All license exams will be offered (Technician, General and Extra) at this testing session. If upgrading, bring an original and a photocopy of current license.  Results of your test will be provided after exam session is completed.


Technician Class Schedule and Syllabus

  • Review session 1: 9:00-10:00 am
    •     Electromagnetics and Radiation
    •     Radios
    •     Systems of Radios
    •     Electronic Components
    •     Tech Class Exam and Its Elements
  • Review session 2: 10:15-11:15 am
    •     Amateur Radio GOs and NGOs
    •     Operating Principles
    •     Propagation and Radio Waves
    •     Station Set Up and Operating Controls
  •  Review session 3: 11:30-12:30 pm
    •     Math for Electronics
    •     Electronics Components in the Exam
    •     Operating Activities and Non Voice Communications In The Exam
    •     Antennas In The Exam
    •     AC Power Circuits And Safety
  • Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Practice exam 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Exam 3:30-5:30pm