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

    Listen, I really really wanted it to work out, I wait all year for this. Now I hear thunder in the distance. The humidity seemed worse maybe because of the sunshine and all the wet from the previous night. I might have found it a little more tolerable if I were 20+ years younger. A great adventure! Sun aint shinin there now! Maybe they can improve things...somehow....and I might go back when the weather is ideal or something. That means no advance ticket anymore. Don't see how you can improve the traffic unless you park way off site which means inconvenience for purchases to me. Dragging a bag of stuff you buy gets heavy fast.
  2. WA8FOZ

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    I had a great time. No traffic problems either day, since I arrived early and approached from the west. No parking problems on site, again because I arrived early and parked near the gate. Arrived early means getting there around 7 AM, and then napping or chatting with friends until the gate opened.

    I found the venue to be pleasant. When it rained I stayed inside. The flea market did get muddy as Saturday progressed, however. For me, Hamvention is more exhibits, forums and indoor events and vendors than fleamarket. YMMV. In general there seemed to me to be fewer spaces, but much less crap. Again, YMMV.

    All in all, imperfections but still a great event. Hara is dead and gone, so let's make the best of it. OSISI.
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  3. KL7AJ

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    Well, I hate to ruin everyone's whinefest, but I'm having a GREAT time at Xenia. Sold a pile of books at W5YI booth. This venue actually has a MIDWAY, with TONS of great food vendors. I like the county fair atmosphere too.
    We now return you to our regularly scheduled hand-wringing.
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  4. KV6O

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    Well, that's GOOD to hear! So long as it's not like the dump Hara was, I'll be back! Might have to make plans for 2018!

  5. W8AAZ

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    OK well then. I went back Saturday with my friend to help him in flea market, after he talked me into it. We got there from his house in about 10 minutes, no hour and half! Set up and sold some stuff there. I took my umbrella and got some rubber overshoes for the substantial wet and mud. Actually Sat was a much better experience, even with the lightning storm that blew thru mid morning(I took advantage of that and my umbrella to get food, no line then!). Bought some parts and vintage radios. Most of the morn. was cool and comfortable but overcast. Later on got sticky muggy again. Ended up exhausted but if next year can happen without the rain or wet issues, it should be alright. My Debbie Downer feelings of despair over Friday have substantially evaporated. Now Sunday not going. So anyone going on Sun, it is an open question how that works out. Probably less crowding?
  6. WA8UEG

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    I was pleasantly surprised, the weather of course is always a crap shoot no matter where it's held. I was only there on Friday, my guess is Saturday would be a different story as there was heavy, heavy rain Friday night and I'm not sure the infield would be anything but a mud pit on Saturday.

    We ran into the traffic line up about 8:15 and the GPS showed solid red for 2 1/2 miles but suggested a alternate route which appeared clear and was. We drove in with little to no delay and I was waiting at will call prior to 9 AM. At will call there were about 8 in front of me at it went super fast, I was walking through the gate by 9:05. I have been at races, football and basketball games as well as concerts that took a lot longer to get in and parked. I did hear a lot of complaints that people were in line for over an hour on the suggested route.

    It was clean, plenty of restrooms both inside and out and the food vendors were fantastic although they needed more or more efficient vendors as from 11 till 2 the lines were long and service slow. Although the inside was packed it was easy to get up close and personal to see everything, there was good air flow, it was clean.

    Although I walked there were more than enough parking lot shuttles with little to no wait. It appeared the remote lots were pretty far out, the one I saw was 5 or 6 miles away and I have no idea how efficient the buses were but seemed a bit far. It's the only hamfest I have attended with free parking and very efficient shuttles. The flea markets were busy and packed, I thought the layout of the infield flea market left a lot to be desired as you could not efficiently walk it going up one side and down the opposite side in most rows, this was no more than an inconvenience but needs improvement.

    All in All I thought they did a great job for the first year and after they evaluate what went well and what needs improved I think next year will be better,

    The weather is the weather, it would be great to have partly cloudy 70 degrees with 20 percent humidity but you just need to go prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you.

    All in all it was much much better than I anticipated on Friday but as I mentioned Saturday might have been a whole different story in the flea market and parking lots!
  7. AA8NN

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    I went Friday. I arrived at 9:00 am at satellite parking lot 1. Walked over to the bus line and a bus showed up in about ten minutes. We arrived at the fair grounds after 20 minute ride. It was my first time at hamvention so I can't compare it to harra. All in all I had a great time. A similar situation on the bus ride back. I think I will return next year.
  8. KE4KY

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    Traffic issues were worked out. We arrived Saturday on a coach bus from the Louisville at area appx. 0930 a.m. No traffic problems, no stop and go issues, straight into the bus parking area, short walk into the main gate.

    Overall, very pleased with the new venue. Been a steady attendee to the Dayton Hamvention since about 2007, usually spending more than one day. Growing pains, adjustments, areas to bet! Don't know of any venue this large that does not have some issue to work out before everything flows without a hiccup, especially when changing to a completely new site.

    Had fun, enjoyed being there with friends, and meeting a few attending from other parts of the country. I will certainly look forward to next year.
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  9. WA8UEG

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    Curious, how was the infield flea market and parking areas on Saturday? Were there many flea market spaces open from vendors leaving?
  10. KE4KY

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    I did not venture out into the flea market while there on Saturday. Even at Hara, I rarely spent much time in the flea market lot. Several of my friends ventured out into the flea market and did not have anything negative to say, stating it was typical of the old location. As we left on Saturday it seemed many of the flea market vendors were packing up and leaving, but I have seen this at Hara as well on a late Saturday afternoon. Hard to say if the forecast had any bearing on those decisions.

    General parking that I could readily see was pretty much full, but I only walked between the bus parking and the main gate a couple of times.
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