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Hamvention Opens Gates on Sunday

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W8HJR, Apr 15, 2019.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sunday at Hamvention is like any last-day at a large show: it starts out moderate and ends up sparse. This happens because of airline schedules and long rides ahead. That actually is an excellent sign, because it shows that Xenia's participants come from all over, not just locally.

    Actually, Hamvention's profile may be understated locally. There is a huge pool of folks in the Dayton-Columbus corridor ( namely Wright-Pat) who are NOT hams but certainly would like to check out Hamvention...curious about ham radio; hi- tech thing to do, etc. Free admissions on Sunday can drive an extra few thousand to come in and check out ham radio and a hi-tech hobby.

    Likely 99% of the admission tickets are sold before Hamvention, or on Friday or Saturday. So opening the show up for free on Sunday is no detriment to ticket sales, and it certainly doesn't take anything away from those who already bought tickets. In fact, if you are there to sell something, it is an excellent addition of new potential customers.

    I think its important that the WRONG impression not be interpreted: Hamvention is VERY healthy and DARA is doing this as a clever way to increase draw on the last day--for the benefit of vendors and flea sellers, and to give ham radio a higher profile in the area.

    Again, its a brilliant move!
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  2. N3TPM

    N3TPM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe have a small GOTA station near the gate with demonstations of analogue and digital modes as well.
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  3. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I remember one year they tested the concept of letting the general public into the CES show in Las Vegas on a Sunday, for a very low ticket price.
    It was a total disaster (got the T shirt) for the exhibitors... several of the top exhibitors threatened to drop out and start another show if they planned to do it the following year... and AFAIK, they didn't repeat it.
    Hopefully, Hamvention will have a better experience.
    Batten down the hatches o_O
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2019
  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    I don't see how that is relevant here.

    CES is a huge and even overpopulated show. Many of the vendors have their own city-states inside with invitation only admittance. Registration is used as a gate to keep only serious people and retailers/buyers in.

    When it opened up to everyone, it became a zoo, because everyone is a 'consumer' . CES is not 'BEST BUY' but that's how it looked and played. And THAT's why the vendors got angry.

    There isn't a chance in he&& of that happening at Hamvention. If you don't have at least a passing interest or curiosity in ham radio, there is no way you will drop by on Sunday.

    'Consumers' will not show up at a ham show.

    The churches will not be emptied and dumped into the Xenia Fairgrounds on Sunday.
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  5. W4ECJ

    W4ECJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    ....could be a "watershed moment", if like 2017, bummer! if wx cooperates a wonderful future may await!
  6. WA4KCN

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    I think it is a good idea. With the event well advertised in the area, people with little to no interest may stop by just to see what the fuss is all about.

    Of course with the new venue, the weather every year has the ability to smash the best of plans.
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  7. W0KGB

    W0KGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I sure wish they opened at 8am on Friday and Saturday, like the old days as Hara. 9am wastes time when everyone has to show up early to find parking, and by 9am the flea market folks have already gone around buying the 'hot' items from the other dealers.
  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hara was private property while Fairgrounds is likely municipal. That means the police have to do double duty with the usual early morning town traffic also.

    Incidentally the Chief is now a ham and a very nice fellow--say hello to him at Xenia!
  9. KC3HJP

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    I think this is a good move. People that pay will still have first pick at the items they want from the flea market area for the first two days so it’s not unfair to paying people from that standpoint.

    I see some younger kid maybe being able to entice his Mom or Dad that has no interest in amateur radio into possibly taking them on Sunday because it’s free. Some of the more basic items that the seasoned hams left behind might be let go for a reasonable price because it’s the last day which could turn out to be a great start into the hobby for some kid.

    Likewise the indoor vendors may have more time to spend with a perspective new ham and discuss some of the hardware without being mowed down by someone that wants to play touchy feely with the latest hardware with no intention of buying to begin with.

    There will also be that cheap guy that will go now just because it’s free but he’s not spending any money anyway. I’m sure their main intention was to attract new hams. Those vendors that aren’t interested in that possibility of business aren’t forced to stay. It will be interesting to see how it works out.
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  10. IK2CHZ

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    Hello. I will cross the Atlantic Ocean wednesday 15th to be at Hamvention again after 12 years. See you there guys.
    73, Marco IK2CHZ - K2CHZ
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