Here's a thought? Are you going to Dayton this year? If so, then what might be your biggest reason for making the pilgrimage?
The Dayton Hamvention is attended from people around the world, and there's a reason, it's the biggest, and some say the best!
For details on the event, please see http://www.hamvention.org
I live near Dayton in nearby Springfield. Once I became a ham and heard that the world's largest hamfest was in Dayton, I have been going just about every year. I also end up usually working somewhere on site. Its just a fantastic experince, and I feel lucky I am close enough to do it every year.
I guess the best way to put it is.. I go to Hamvention becuase, hey, its HAMVENTION!
I visited the Dayton Hamvention last year for my first time... The sheer number of hams there was overwhelming to me. I wasn't able to get through the crowds to see the neat stuff... so many hams, so little time. I wandered around in the drizzle outside and saw some neat stuff. The experience waiting for the bus at the Mall was pretty long and wet... and then the crowds... for some folks it's great, but for me... well, the corn and hogs of Iowa are gonna have to do as I read the report in QST when it comes out about this year's Hamvention!... have a blast guys!
This will be my 24th trip to Dayton this year! #(780 miles each way!! ) #I am flying free again, thanks to the generosity of the airlines who overbook flights and give out free passes. #(I volunteer to "bump" each year on my way home and have done it for 7 years in a row!! ) #I am the moderator of the Kit Building Forum (Friday at 1200) and am TOTALLY addicted to Hamvention. #There is NO other place you can buy things as cheaply, nor is there any bigger hamfest. #Hamvention is unlike anything else in ham radio..it has to be EXPERIENCED! #I often am taking digital photos while I am there to produce Powerpoint presentations to show back here. #You can easily spot me in the crowd by my almost trademark red/white striped tall "Cat In The Hat" with my name and call stitched in it and often flashing lights, etc. #The hat is worn so my friends can find me in the huge crowd. #I am guessing many of you on here have seen me there, but just didn't know who I was. #If you spot me, stop and say "HI" and enjoy Hamvention!! #73 de KØNEB, Lincoln, NE
Chalk me up for "can't go but wish I could". Too many factors play against it: spousal reluctance to countenance the travel expenditure, work-related travel around the same time, homeschool convention right before... I *did* make it to Orlando in February and had a grand time wandering the tailgate area. Just got back from a local hamfest (Gainesville, FL) today with a couple of fun radio finds - an Icom 255A 2meter rig, and one of those little MFJ 6-meter SSB units. I'm saving my shekels to go to TenTec's 'fest in October (my family has a house in the hills-n-hollers behind the factory :-) ). Sigh. Dayton. Sigh. Maybe next year...
Bruce H. McIntosh ** WA4UF ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Must. Put up. More. ANTENNAS!
I would like to see it a little more central. Like around Dallas,Denver some where people don't have to go all the way aross the country. Some people can't afford or dont like to fly. Or maybe have on east and a west version at different times of the year?
I have attended every Hamvention since the early 70's... rain, snow, sleet, driving wind, skin burning sun, I have seen it all!
I have seen the Hamvention go from a massive crowd to the current dwindling numbers, attendance is down, vendors are dropping out. DARA will not admit it, but ask anyone that has fleamarketed for more than 20 years.
Will I be going... yes, I live 17 miles from the arena, will I be spending money, only on gasoline and an over priced ticket to get in.
The Hamvention has turned into a social event for me. I do not even buy parts anymore, it is too convienent to call DigiKey and get prime parts, ones you do not worry about quality.
I sell excess gear on the Internet now. It does not pay to buy an overpriced flea market space for three days, hassle with some moron DARA member over nit pick items, worry about the weather, deal with a buyer that expects something for free and not break even over the weekend.
If I go, it will be to meet up with old friends and maybe some new ones.
Missed one year since 1975. Ill be there.
Do you like HF Portable?
Many operators enjoyed attending the HFpack HF Portable events at the Dayton Hamvention last year. This year's events will include the new HFpack Technical Forum on Sunday. Saturday is the HFpack Eyeball Rally and the world's largest HF Pedestrian QSO. Bring your HF portable rig with you!
==Dayton Hamvention HFpack Schedule of Events==
=18157.5 kHz USB = open calling frequency=
=3997.5 LSB evenings (or 3992.5 /3987.5)=
All operators welcome.
=HFpack Lunch Rally and Eyeball=
Noon Saturday 17 May 2003
Location: Outside the Main Hall.
Look for the HFpack Logo Banner.
"Best Backpack" Contest.
Pack your radio with your lunch!
=Big HFpack Pedestrian QSO=
1pm to 1:30pm Saturday 17 May 2003 (1700z UTC)
18157.5 kHz USB (also 7242.5 kHz LSB)
Take part in the largest HF/PM/BM QSO in the world.
QSO Leader: Mark KI0PF
Location: Outside the Main Hall.
Look for HFpack Logo Banner and sign the QSL Card!
=HFpack Forum: Successful HF Pedestrian Techniques=
10:45am to Noon Sunday 18 May 2003
Location: Hamvention Forum Room 2
HFpack discussion and powerpoint presentation with
the latest developments in pedestrian HF operation.
I guess we're missing the poll choice of:
* #"I'd go but i'm going to whine and moan about the fact that there isn't a Hamvention in California or Butte, Montana"
I live less then 3 hours away in eastern OH (which means yes i'm there for certain) so I obviously don't feel your pain. #It has to be somewhere, and it just happens to be in Dayton. #Were it in Las Vegas like SEMA, i'd probably dream of going one day and it would that much more enjoyable once I were able to go. #I have never been to SEMA, but want to some day. #Those who live near Vegas see it as just another car show but everyone who's anyone in the business makes a point to go. #The same holds true for Dayton. #It's a moot point, so drop it already. #After all, there can be only one Dayton #
But hey, i'm just a no-code tech...so I guess i'm a know-nothing with 50MHz-to-light privileges.