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Survey Question
For 2017, the Dayton Hamvention moved from the Hara Arena to the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, OH. What's your take?
  Posted: Jun 12, 2017   (376 votes, 15 comments) by N2MG

  Hated Hara but Xenia was great!
  Hara was OK. Xenia was better.
  Xenia was fine, but I miss the Hara arena.
  First time going - Xenia was OK!
  Been to Hara many times, didn't make it this time.
  Never gone, probably never will.
    (376 votes, 15 comments)

Survey Results
Hated Hara but Xenia was great! 3% (12)
Hara was OK. Xenia was better. 10% (36)
Xenia was fine, but I miss the Hara arena. 6% (22)
First time going - Xenia was OK! 3% (11)
Been to Hara many times, didn't make it this time. 22% (84)
Never gone, probably never will. 43% (162)
Other 13% (49)

Survey Comments
Would love to go but...
...probably never will, until I retire. It's just too far to drive. I would have to take off a week from work, two days to drive (As the saying goes, "half your trip is getting out of Texas"), two days at the convention, two days drive back, two days to recover. Maybe once I retire, I can plan an RV trip up there. Heck, I don't have the time/money to drive to Dallas from South Texas.

Posted by AD5TD on June 25, 2017

Never been - but
I've never been to Dayton. Could not justify the price of a new rig to go see a new rig. But, this last weekend WIMU hamfest that had taken place for more then 50 years, started up again at Garden City, Bear Lake, Utah. There were only 120 hams, 10 tailgaters, and a lot of old friends we eyeballed with, and a great time for all there.WIMU stands for Wyoming-Idaho-Montana-Utah, and it is up and running again. Ron Moss, K7ENE was the director for the 50th anniversary and I, WA7NDD was the treasure. We both attended in our old age and enjoyed it to the max. I am sure Xenia was great also.

Posted by WA7NDD on June 23, 2017

Dayton and also Pacificon pay admission fees for hams to look at vendor's equipment.Live advertisement for vendor equipment. Huh? Am I missing something here? I can understand if you want to attend some technical conferences,you should pay some money, but to spend money to go to Dayton(Drive or Fly), rent a hotel room, then pay admission. No thanks. It used to be at least for Pacificon that you could get in for free and you had to pay for the presentations. Not anymore. No thanks!I would rather save the money, read the reviews on eham and buy another piece of ham gear online!!!!!!

Posted by KB6QXM on June 20, 2017

Volunteered for 2nd year... Lot of fun!
Hara was OK, but the family that owned it did not have their act together resulting in it's demise.... Xenia was pretty good for first attempt, but I'm sure it will get better with more experience and improvements in the coming years... Vendors should give more discounts if they want more sales & better reputations... many things were over priced in my opinion.. Saw 1 item listed in a catalog for $225 that was show priced @ $299 as one example (recv loop).

Posted by K9PLG on June 20, 2017

"How about something on the West Coast? It seems that
EVERYTHING is Ohio and further East or South.
Posted by NS6V on June 17, 2017"

I'm going to be going to SEA-PAC in Seaside, OR one of these
years. I've heard lots of good things about it.

73, Scott VE7JKE

Posted by VE7JKE on June 18, 2017

Hamvention in Xenia Ohio
First time visitor happened to be at the new location. About 8-9 hr drive from NJ in a moderate weather.Had fun.Young volunteers were excellent in organizing and helping the guests shuttling from hotels to the event with school bus and hay rides! Nice to see thousands of friendly fellow Hams discussing radios! Great vendors and displays, not much of discounts. Not enough and quality food vendors. Budweiser stall was crowded. Flea market was in sad shape with muddy road in rain. Saddened to see so many unhealthy and disabled hams struggling to move around with scooters and wheel chairs. I hope We all pay more attention to personal health even while enjoying life with a relaxing hobby.

Posted by KF2ZO on June 18, 2017

How about something on the West Coast? It seems that
EVERYTHING is Ohio and further East or South.

Posted by AG7AA on June 17, 2017


Posted by W7WQ on June 16, 2017

Too Far for me to go
It's just too far for me, Dallas would be the
limit for me. It's just about 200 mi.

Posted by KA5ROW on June 16, 2017

5 of went for the 1st time, 14 hr drive. We all enjoyed it, great vendors- not much for discounts., Thought the seminars could be better- aprs good but DMR & Fusion not so much.Parking not a problem for us with handicapped sticker. The venue was good for our hd member. We thought the variety and number of food vendors was good, could have even used more. I thought charging $2 for water was a rip-off!I've been to Orlando 3x ..they might be able to handle the vendors inside but then the tailgaters would be outside. Problem is you would go from 2 good events to one. Expensive weekend but it was a 1 time deal.

Posted by WG2W on June 15, 2017

Dayton Xenia Location
I have been to Dayton many times in the last 25 years. The
Dayton club running the event did a great job of running the
Hamvention as always. The Xenia location is a fairground that
is not equipped for a convention. A terrible traffic
management problem, no air conditioning, an extremely muddy
flea market area, and most food vendors in the 85 degree sun.
I heard vendors complaining about the lack of air conditioning.
In this day and age, if ham radio is going to have a national
trade show, which Dayton is, then it needs a venue that that is
up to that kind of a task.

Posted by W0LD on June 15, 2017

Dayton was good. Xenia was good. The volunteers who are involved with running the event are great.

Posted by K9FH on June 14, 2017

Never gone, but hope to someday.

I have been following it on the W5KUB webcast for several years (and I've donated $ to the webcast a few times).

I attend several local hamfests, and I've been going to hamfest (or hamfairs as we used to call them on Long Island) for several decades.

Posted by AJ4LN on June 14, 2017

Great USA Hamfest but think moving this to
either Washington DC under the noses of
politicans could be helpful. Maybe Orlando
Florida or Huntsville Alabama to get in the
eye of younger crowd or the Space interests.
Maybe moving it every so often to a place
that would raise the visibility of Ham radio
culture to the national scene.

Posted by WJ2L on June 13, 2017

I attended the HAMvention 11 times in a row at the old HARA arena.... it was getting pretty run down! Now it is closed and the HAMvention has moved to Xenia at the Green County Fairgrounds... A far better event but it is new and needs to be adjusted.
I had fun! Good food! great people! I have already got my room for next year!
73 Rod W8GRI

Posted by KB8DNS on June 12, 2017

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