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Author Topic: Dayton Hamfest: For the Low Brow  (Read 1157 times)
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« on: May 29, 2008, 09:44:55 AM »

Over on K9ZW's Blog  there is a discussion of the 2008 Dayton Hamfest . Topics include the broken  and putrefying toilets, pot holes, weeds, extortionist hotel prices, disintegrating infrastructure, flea market organization (rather lack of organization).  They even lament that wives have nothing to do in the low tech rust belt high crime city of Dayton, Ohio. (No Ham who cares about his wife would take her to such a trashy event)

The Vulgar Dayton Hamvention is the metaphor for amateur radio today.  Hams of substance should attend the classy venues like the  DX convention or HamCom as K9ZW suggests  

But most Hams deserve the  Dayton of 2008.  It is who they are.

WA4d: http://www.wa4d.net

K9ZW: http://k9zw.wordpress.com/2008/05/28/dayton-hamvention-2008-follow-up-report-no-21-dayton-the-unwashed/#comments
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 04:46:17 PM »

The HamCom in Texas is a small-scale event to that of Dayton.

I'm just not sure why Dayton organizers don't just move the event.

HamCom in Texas use to be held in Arlington. However, they started charging outrageous prices for parking, increased prices for the event to be held there and infrastructure started going down.

Did they just let it go to hell? No. They moved to Plano Center north of Dallas. Lot less turnout from the DFW area since it's no longer in the center of DFW. Many people don't want to drive.

Further, there is less room as the place is smaller. However, we get free parking now and the facilities aren't that bad.

Why would Dayton stick in a craphole? Do the event organizers like toilets that don't flush?

Regardless, HamCom is small scale copared to Dayton. I would really like to go to Dayton some day as it's the kin of all events. The most vender's and tailgaters go there then any other event.

Perhaps more people should come to HamCom so we can ditch Dayton and give way to the cleaner venues. Vote with your attendance folks!

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