Dayton Hamvention 40-years ago!

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  1. WA4BRL

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    In April of 1976, my wife Faye WB4YPD and I made our first trek to Hamvention. The sights, sounds, personalities, new rigs, old equipment, and even the run-down Wampler facility were all new to us. Here are some photos from the show.

    Wampler Ballerina -- Main Hamfest Entrance

    The line forms to get in

    The Arena side

    Moving on from the locale, here are some of the popular personalities of 1976.

    ARRL writer Lew McCoy W1ICP and President Harry Daniels W2TUK

    73 Magazine publisher Wayne Green, W2NSD and Sherry

    Kenwood brought in Neil Rupp WB9VPG to promote how easy it really is to get an Amateur Radio license. Neil earned his Novice license at age five -- that's kindergarten age, folks! He learned the basic electronics theory, rules & regulations, and Morse code at five-wpm to pass the exam. Word was that he failed his first attempt at the code because he printed his block letters so large he ran out of space on his paper before completing a full minute of copy. He didn't know it was okay to turn over the sheet and continue on the other side! No matter, he passed the code, and his written exam a month later.


    More to come.
    Next: Manufacturer's displays
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  2. K2XT

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    More. more !

    I missed that year !
  3. WA4BRL

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    Dayton Hamvention 1976
    Manufacturers' Exhibits

    Swan had a new transceiver as well as their older models on display

    Cushcraft Antennas

    Remember Hy-Gain's beautiful transceiver? I believe it was made by JRL, Japan Radio Labs.

    And of course, what would Hamvention be without the huge Heathkit display? The SB-104 Line separate components were the big items then.

    From just down the road in Miamisburg, Drake was always a big presence at Hamvention

    Drake's new VHF/UHF transceiver garnered a lot of attention. It came standard with 144MHz and one could add modules for 220 and 432 MHz. Having that all in one box was a big deal in 1976.


    Faye WB4YPD poses with some of the the new Dentron antennas at their big dispplay

    Atlas had an outdoor space for their display, with a fully operational station.

    Atlas had another unit available for everyone to examine closely
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  4. NL7W

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    Wow! :)
    Hara looked better then! ;)
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  5. W5BIB

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    I don't think ya can !:(
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  6. KI5WW

    KI5WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the pics. I graduated HS May that year. Enjoyed that a lot. (pics)
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  7. WA4BRL

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    Dayton Hamvention 1976
    Manufacturer's Exhibits

    Yaesu's new 300 Line Dayton-1976-0180L.jpg

    Of course, Yaesu's older 101 Line was still selling well

    Kenwood's 520 Line was displayed, as well as their others

    New company CIR displayed their new all-solid-state Astro-200 transceiver Dayton-1976-0220L.jpg

    The CIR Astro-200 was beautifully designed and constructed. One unique feature was spring-loaded toggle switches for frequency tuning. One up-down switch for coarse tuning, one for fine tuning.

    Spectrum International displayed their converters, transverters, and other equipment, as well as UHF antennas -- Yagis, J-Beams and Loop-Yagis

    More to come...
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  8. WA4BRL

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    Dayton Hamvention 1976
    Manufacturer's Exhibits


    The beat of the beat amplifiers -- and look at those great prices!

    Early home integration by microprocessor - by The Digital Group Inc.

    Crystals were still the primary means of frequency generation for VHF and up, mobile and handhelds. Most rigs required two per channel.

    Robot Slow-Scan TV equipment

    Right next to the Robot booth was Wrasse Volker Electronik with its own SSTV equipment. Their newest and greatest box was a scan converter that allowed one to frame shoth with a fast-scan TV camera, grab a frame and convert it to the 128x128 SSTV format. It also converted the other way for display on a standard TV monitor. This was all accomplished in hardwired digital logic -- no computers and software. This was absolutely cutting edge at the time

    Here is a portrsit of WB4YPD in 128x128...

    ...and one of yours truely
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  9. KD8TUT

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    Thanks so much for posting all of these....
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  10. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    What he said :)

    Really nice post! Ironically, just a few weeks ago at our club ( I gave a presentation on the Dayton Hamvention upcoming, and its history and had photos and such - would have been awesome to have these (credited of course)...

    Really cool stuff.

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