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Author Topic: Hamvention in Dayton, still the big one ?  (Read 2092 times)
VA2RC
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« on: September 04, 2003, 08:32:28 AM »

Hello to you, i'm planing to going the Hamvention in Dayton next may 2004. I want to know if Hamvention still the big one ? still working ?

Is it a must to visit ?

I'm ready to make reservation for motel and ticket and i'm asking if the Hamvention still popular.

Also, how many people going to this hamfest ? do you have an idea ?

Thank you.
Frank.
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K6SDW
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2003, 09:25:14 AM »

I went first time to Dayton this year....and yes, it's the biggest/best....well, it was like going to the Promise Land for me!! And the parties in the hotel room at night...well, I haven't told the xyl about them yet and Hootiers for dinner, but I digress....

C'ya there next year?

73...ed
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KA7RRA
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2003, 02:15:52 PM »

Dayton is one of the best ham-fest to go to have been to about 4 of them,and I also plan on going in 2004.
Plan early get your hotel room now and airline and car rental. I would do it now..
also plan on doing a lot of walking in the flea market area. It takes about 2 days to look at everything
Dave/KA7RRA
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2003, 02:04:14 PM »

Dayton is really nice. Spring of 2002 when i first went in the gate at 8:00am friday morning i saw a big ole nice looking tent. I did not pay any attention to what it said over the door but i stepped in and i was in "chickband land". Yes dayton is really fantastic but even there the cbers are showing up. Most go up to see what kind of a deal they can get on used ham gear that they can convert to cb use. So dont fuss so much about shelby...chickenbanders are everywhere now.Soon as the code is dropped they'll be working out our ears.

73
John WR8D:
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2003, 04:36:13 PM »

BOOKMARK THIS THREAD! Because by 01 June 2004, every post will be a bitchfest about:
poor toilet facilities
smelly FELLOW hams
cb radio junk
computer junk
expensive food
over priced junk
poor attendance on Sunday
rain on Friday and early Saturday
over booked motels
over priced motels

I know I am leaving some bitching points out.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2003, 11:36:38 PM »

I've been attending nearly every year since 1988. I love the Hamvention! If you can't find what you want there, you're not looking hard enough or asking enough dealers questions. It's a great place to find pieces/parts tubes, caps, knobs etc.... Not to mention all the ham radio ops attending and all the bull sessions you get involved in. I dig through the piles of left over junk on Sunday get tons of good stuff for free! Knobs, tubes, project boxes, and many,many other goodies. I get some strange looks...but that's quite okay, cause I get plenty of free goodies!

You can find terrific prices on late model used gear because guys are trying to raise money for the "latest greatest" Rice Boxes making thier debut at the show.

As for the facilities, they do leave a little bit to be desired, but that's just the way it is trying to accomodate 40,000 people. I prefer the port-a-pots along the back row of the flea market area:the lines are very short. It's okay to be grubby at Daton; there ain't many baby dolls running around the show to worry about.

You can also learn a lot and teach a lot out in the flea market area during the afore mentioned Bull sessions, a see people that you only see once per year.

The bus service that runs you to and from your parking areas are great! Drivers will even let you load large stuff in the back ends of their buses.

73 and see you there, Mark-K8ZW, Chillicothe OH
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2004, 08:50:50 PM »

I agree that after it is over every one will be complaining about it.  Even saying that every ham should go at least once in their lives.  You will never find more hams and more ham related equipment there than anywhere else in the US at one time. Bring rain gear. It always seems to rain and good walking shoes. You can spend a full day in the flea market itself. Don't really expect to find many good deals. If you are new at the hobby expect to look at a lot of stuff you have no idea what it is. If you have been in it awhile you will swear you seen the same stuff 30 years ago at a hamfest. Like I said go. It is the biggest one there is. I am trying to go ever other year. Little to expensive for me every year.
Terry
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KA8SEP
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2004, 10:55:17 PM »

Hello,

   Last year was my first trip to Dayton. I'm Going back this year. If the agreement with hara arena falls thru for '05 may I make a sugestion? The IX center is in Cleveland, OH is big enough to put the whole show (including flea market) inside! no more rain! What do you think.

Ted KA8SEP
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2004, 09:51:14 PM »

I willbe there I willbe the guy looking high and low
tring to find the last little bitts needed to finely
get my repeater back on the air
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2004, 03:55:56 PM »

Already made reservations on the bus trip from Cleveland. You bet I'm going. It's like every ad you've ever seen in the back of QST come to life before your very eyes.
 
As for the IX center in Cleveland as a possible alternate location, that's a good idea, for as long as the IX center continues to exist. There is talk of tearing it down for airport runway expansion in the future. But it is HUGE! Used to be the old Cadillac Tank Plant back in the 50s. You could put all of Hara Arena inside the IX center, and most (if not all) of the flea market too probably. They do RV shows, boat shows, and at least 2 different car shows there now. Tons of paved parking, right off a freeway, and adjacent to Hopkins International Airport, too.

See you all at Hamvention!

73 de N8AUC
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2004, 11:48:11 AM »

How about a "Western Version" of the Hamvention - perhaps at the Las Vegas Convention Center or one of the off the strip hotels ? Its been talked about in the past and should be raised as a topic here at Eham.
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2004, 01:30:07 AM »

Amen to Vegas!  Acres of space, casinos, restaurants and girls.  And cheap airfares!  Viva las Vegas!

Jim
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2004, 01:30:16 AM »

Amen to Vegas!  Acres of space, casinos, restaurants and girls.  And cheap airfares!  Viva las Vegas!

Jim
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2004, 01:30:24 AM »

Amen to Vegas!  Acres of space, casinos, restaurants and girls.  And cheap airfares!  Viva las Vegas!

Jim
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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2004, 10:57:44 PM »

Why not have it just before or just after NAB which is held every April in Las Vegas.  Broadcasters from around the world, many of whom are hams show up for that convention which is the grand daddy of broadcast gatherings.  Overall attendance would be higher.  The easterners can fly for a change, we'll drive!

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