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Hamvention Talk In:

Henry Ruminski (W8HJR) on May 13, 2017
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Those planning to drive to Hamvention 2017 at its new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio should be prepared to communicate to make their arrival safer and easier.

Gary Mullins K8UW, chair of the Talk-In committee for Hamvention this year has anticipated that the new location will generate the need for more information for those who have never been to the Fairgrounds. To ease the load on the 146.94- 123.0 Talk In frequency, Hamvention will use an informational bulletin system to provide answers to many of the frequently asked questions and provide important general information to those approaching the area. The bulletin system will transmit on 145.525 where attendees and vendors can listen to get the information they need.

Since the bulletins can't possibly cover everything Mullins said, " Of course we will still be operating our usual Talk-In operation to address questions or problems that aren't answered on the bulletin system. The system will begin operation at approximately 0700 hours EDT on Thursday the 18th and will continue during Talk-In operation hours throughout the weekend. The more people that are aware of the availability of this service, the better things can run for us and those attending."

Talk In volunteers will provide up to date information on traffic conditions, parking availability and directions if needed. In addition they will be able to redirect visitors if a parking lot is reaching its maximum.

The Hamvention Traffic Planning Committee, headed by volunteer Larry Sacks, N8QMN, a professional traffic engineer, worked with the Xenia Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol to devise routes that promote safety and offer smooth traffic flow. By concentrating vehicles on those roads, officers will be able to control traffic lights at major intersections and minimize delays. But, Sacks pointed out, it all depends on drivers following the suggestions presented to them.

Sacks urged visitors to consider parking at a remote lot. Since shuttles from those lots will use a different entrance to the Fairgrounds, remote parkers could actually arrive sooner depending on how much time they might spend in slow moving traffic to get into the Fairground.

Drivers are urged to review the directions and maps on the website before starting their trips. They represent the best advice the committee can give in addition to one final suggestion: Car pool, if possible.

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