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Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Carpool, If Possible:

from The ARRL Letter on May 18, 2017
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Driving to Hamvention? Take a 2-Meter Radio Along; Carpool, If Possible:

Hamvention organizers have advised those driving to Hamvention 2017 at its new location -- the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio -- to take along a 2-meter radio and be ready to use it. Gary Mullins, K8UW -- chair of the Talk-In Committee for Hamvention 2017 -- anticipates that the new venue will generate a need for more information by those who have never been to the fairgrounds. Factor that in with the weather outlook for Xenia over Hamvention weekend: Rain and possible thunderstorms on all 3 days.

To ease the load on the 146.94 MHz (123.0 Hz) talk-in frequency, Hamvention will deploy an informational bulletin system on 145.525 MHz to answer many frequently asked questions and to provide important general information to motorists. The system began operation on May 18 and will continue during talk-in hours throughout Hamvention weekend.

Talk-in volunteers will provide up-to-date information on traffic conditions, parking availability, and directions, if needed. They will also be able to redirect visitors, if a parking lot is reaching its maximum capacity.

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 incoming vehicles on those roadways, 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 they're provided.

Hamvention General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, has advised visitors to use off-site parking in order to avoid traffic problems. Hamvention will offer free on-site and off-site parking during the event.

"We are now promoting using off-site parking as a means to avoid traffic congestion around the fairgrounds and possible lack of sufficient parking if there is heavy rain and the soccer fields are not available to us," Cramer said.

Maps of the four off-site parking areas are on the Hamvention website, and free transportation will be provided to and from all off-site parking areas.

Drivers are urged to review the directions and maps on the Hamvention website before starting out. These represent the best advice the committee can give, in addition to one final suggestion: Carpool, if possible.

According to the City of Xenia website, Hamvention's principal effects on Xenia will be temporary traffic congestion and potentially heavier restaurant patronage. City officials anticipate that Hamvention will inject $15 million to $17 million into the City's economy.


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