The Fort Tuthill hamfest is held every July and is the Arizona State Convention site. I'd heard about it ever since my visit to the 2000 ARRL convention in Scottsdale; I kept hearing over & over, "You should have seen what it was like at Fort Tuthill." So this year I went to it.
First off, the maps were confusing. ARCA (Amateur Radio Council of Arizona, the sponsors) had a map of the hamfest, but you couldn't tell where it was in relation to everything else. They had a Red Zone and a Blue Zone, among others, but their map wasn't in color.
The Fort Tuthill County Park had a map, but it was hard to tell what area the hamfest was going to be in. An Indian Pow-Wow was also going on at the location.
The county-run campground there had its own map, but just of the campground. You couldn't find out where it was compared to anywhere else. It wasn't even aligned to North, as it turned out, so that helped confuse things.
Folks, we need a good consolidated map showing everything, so the first time attendee won't get lost.
This convention is mostly a giant tailgate party. Good for the swap meet types, less focus on forums or workshops (they had some, but none I was interested in).
Facilities were generally good. Restrooms seemed clean and there were lots of water fountains.
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