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Author Topic: Hamvention attendance  (Read 517 times)
N8DV
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« on: June 11, 2008, 05:43:34 AM »

Has anyone heard/read what the attendance figures were for the 2008 Hamvention?
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 06:29:08 AM »

Check with the host "The Dayton Amateur Radio Association", or try their website... http://www.hamvention.org
They would probably have the answer.
73s.

-Mike.
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K0BG
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 10:36:56 AM »

It is not on their web site. I sent an e-mail a week ago, and didn't get an answer.

Alan, KØBG
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K9MRD
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 12:02:44 PM »

I would like to know the answer too! My guess is that attendance was down from 2007. Friday was busy, but Saturday and Sunday seemed much slower. I really thought there would be more attendance on Saturday than Friday, but I guess many close by drive-ins did not come.
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KG6WLS
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 12:08:40 PM »

Not that I attended but, my only guess is that the turn out may have been lower this year due to the economy and GAS PRICES!!

HF mobile at almost $5 a gallon? No thanks!

73
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 12:12:28 PM »

I DO know there were some computer "issues".
But I did expect them to have some figures by now!

-Mike.
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N4KZ
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 12:59:01 PM »

I'm curious about this year's attendance too. I thought it was down slightly but nice weather attracts many outdoors to the flea market and thus makes the arena less crowded. I've attended for more than 30 consecutive years and the smaller crowds for the past few years enhance my enjoyment of Hamvention but doesn't bode well for its future!

73, N4KZ
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K5END
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008, 10:09:34 AM »

quote, "almost $5 a gallon? No thanks!"

The high gas prices have made non-driving activities more attractive.

It's another reason, among many, why Ham radio is a good hobby!

According to the "experts," high gas prices, coupled with the fear of terrorism, are making consumers more inclined to avoid travel, and instead spend their money on home improvement and similar activities. The retail market for home improvement and construction goods is said to be good right now.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008, 02:47:02 PM »

The roughly 1300 mile round trip from NJ to Ohio cost me about $46 more in gas then last year. Gas along the way varied from $3.55 to $3.94 per gallon. $46 more is hardly enough to keep me away from 3 days of Dayton. My food/bar tab was more then that one night.

The crowds that were there this year were great. Had lots of fun and laughs and even sold some stuff.

Pete, wa2cwa
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