Hamvention Update

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W8HJR, Jan 29, 2018.

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  1. W5JON

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    Sounds like they are making a real effort to make things right. Maybe.... I will see you there in May.
  2. KY5U

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    Good update, thanks.
  3. KI8W

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    We got stuck in traffic the first day but had smooth sailing the rest of the weekend. Good job all.
  4. ND6M

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    ... and about now, ...................the usual guy is gonna show up and call everyone DARA sheeps
  5. KB1ILS

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    But if the building is new construction, there may not be time for sheep shows, livestock exhibitions, animal waste and whatnot before the next 'vention!!

  6. K5CO

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    I give up! Where is Greene county? Ireland?
  7. W4POT

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    Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio and it's located just East of Dayton.
  8. W4UDX

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    I rode their shuttle bus from the dairy farm North of the site Friday morning. Got there quick as the bus driver knew an alternate route around the traffic jam! That's my plan for this year. If you drive yourself to the site, prepare to be stuck in traffic. I'm grateful they are providing the shuttle bus service...
  9. KL7AJ

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    Yep....they got the logistics figured out very nicely after the first day.
    I will be there signing my new book, Receiving Antennas for the Radio Amateur. Come out and make me rich and famous. :)
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  10. AF8JC

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    Last year there were three "park & ride" locations. The closest is the Xenia High School parking lot - very close, but you still have to get to the school and that entails dealing with some Hamvention traffic. It is a VERY short ride. My friends used the second option, which is Young's Dairy on route 68. It is about 11 miles north and takes about 15 minutes. On the plus side, this is super easy to get into and super easy to exit. There is also a route 68 exit right off I-70. So if you are coming via I-70, you just get off at exit 52 (Rt 68 South) and drive about 5 miles and pull into the parking area across from Young's Jersey Dairy. This place is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. This option is the easiest for the driver. The third option is kind of a secret. Sure it's publicized on the website, but I think a lot of folks overlook its advantages. First of all, how to find it; here is a decent address to use with your mapping program or GPS: 3395 Seajay Dr, Dayton, OH 45430. This is a significant sized shopping center that has seen better days. There is a large used car dealership that is vacant and several other large stores that have disappeared. What is left are a few stores/restaurants (including Bob Evans) and LOTS of parking. This location has easy access to US Route 35 (which has a direct exit from I-75) and the roads are all at least 4 lanes with just a couple of red lights between the main highway and the parking lot. It is only about 8 miles and 12 minutes to Hamvention. The best kept secret about "park & ride" is that last year, many of the shuttles would drop their passengers right at the gate (special gate I do believe) and they could go right in while their "drive in" counterparts were waiting en-mass to gain entry. Imagine being chauffeured right to the entrance where you are granted almost immediate entrance! I did hear a lot of grumbling about this last year, so it may not function exactly that way again. The shuttles are allowed to travel thru residential areas that will be restricted to those of you driving in. This keeps the shuttles from getting stuck in traffic and keeps the residential neighbors appeased. I work there and arrive about 4:30am to begin my day. I get good parking on site, as you might imagine. My friends elected to use the Young's Dairy "park & ride" and absolutely raved about the convenience. Another of my friends drove in and waited for almost 2 hours on Friday to gain access. His parking was on site, but still too far to carry his 50lb "boat anchor" from the flea market. Fortunately, I work at the flea market and my vehicle was parked close by. If you see yourself carrying a 100lbs of bulky radio equipment, "park & ride" might not work well for you (in fact, nothing may work well for you). There you have my 2 cents based on last year's experience. This year could be very different.
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