Not a great start for me Xvention

Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by W8AAZ, May 19, 2017.

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  1. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    So got up real early, so I thought. Twenty minutes from home to Xenia. Then spent hour or hour and a half stuck in stopped traffic in that town. Got inside. Parked me in muddy grass absolutely as far from venue as possible. Rode in on a trailer pulled by farm tractor. I was pretty disoriented the whole time there. Outside was wet grass and mud. Temp and humidity high. I think I spent about as much time there as I did stuck in traffic and just left. Bought a twenty dollar coax switch that I can actually use. Tomorrow small chance I will return. Large chance I will never return. I am sure a lot of folks will have a blast, but after decades of going, something about this new place. Good luck.
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  2. WA6MHZ

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    HARA was the ideal venue!!! Too bad the owners let it get run down and had to lose it for back taxes not paid. HARA was HAMVENTION!!! But I can't run down the new place yet as I haven't been there. I loved HARA!
  3. K3XR

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    Have the video up at on another tab at the moment mostly folks walking by the camera but they do take the camera out and about from time to time if you can't be there you can get some idea of what is going on.
  4. WA6MHZ

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    The parking does sound like a Cluster****! That will be the number one complaint for Xenia. Not sure how it wasn't a problem at Hara. I always had the best parking spot in the place with my volunteer pass and Handicrapped placard
  5. W8AAZ

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    I wanted to have a good time today. But I just found the conditions off putting for me. I don't do well in heavy heat and humidity anymore. And the inside displays were basically large pole barns, the one I went in was open to the outside air. Maybe it is just the newness, but with the traffic and stuff I saw, the venue seems to be like trying to stuff ten pounds of schtuff into a five pound bag. It would be the ideal venue for a much smaller hamfest, probably. This is all my opinion and I am sure that others will tell me I am totally wrong. IF the weather tomorrow was supposedly going to be, say, sunny and 72 degrees, it would seem appealing to try again but I think we are looking at more of the same, and after the grass in parking and flea market has been driven over much more, with more rain coming, muck and yuck. Better wear your wellingtons tomorrow to wade thru it. I realize they cannot control the weather but I still don't find a muggy quagmire appealing. At least at Hara, the water drained off the lots at some point.
  6. KD4MOJ

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    Watching the KUB feed...

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  7. KV6O

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    This is disappointing to hear, I hope it gets better. Hara was an absolute dump, and I haven't been in probably 10 years now because it wasn't getting any better. I figured I'd wait for the reports to filter in on the new location before committing to go again.

    It's kind of sad that this is the premier event of our hobby.... :(

  8. K3XR

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    From watching the W5KUB video feed it's quite warm there and the buildings do not appear to be air conditioned. It' been a few years so I don't recall if the old location was air conditioned.
  9. KG0MN

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    I will confirm the 1-1/2 hrs traffic problem. Since I need a scooter to get around the wet ground and mud ate my batteries which normally are good for many miles but here the lasted the amount of time it took to get into gate. Tempers seemed be on edge do to the heat. Hara was by far more convenient but the venue sucked.
  10. KQ9J

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    Just checked the weather there, 84 degrees and 68% humidity sounds about perfect to me. I'd be loving it...that part of it anyway. 52 degrees here with highs only in the upper 40s this weekend. :( Hope all the 'vention goers have at least a tolerable time. Hoping to make it next year, or the year after that for sure.
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