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Author Topic: Great Lakes Hamcon, long way to go.  (Read 25231 times)

Posts: 11

« on: October 17, 2017, 11:12:17 AM »

We attended the much touted Great Lakes Hamcon and left more than a little disappointed.
The venue was great, lots of room for the flea market, and fine parking, all on asphalt or concrete, unlike the disaster at Xenia this year. But with all the hype, and with so many clubs involved, it was really a small turnout. We walked the whole event through TWICE and were on our way out in less than an hour. If this event wants to compete with Dayton / Xenia or any of the other big ones, they have a long way to go. Granted this was the first year, so some growing pains are expected, still not much of a showing. The Hamcon website needed work too. It was impossible to get a message through to them, and navigating the site just kept bringing us back to the same page.
Sorry GL Hamcon, you get a " D " on the score card this time around. Sure miss Dayton, even with all its problems.

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 05:03:58 PM »

Went to the same event. Drove for 3 hours one way, expensive to get in and of course parking was not free.

Flea market had about 80 people.  Same old junk.

No major vendors.

Usual ECOM Trailers.

We left after 60 minuets.

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 03:42:32 PM »

Here's a tip.... it was the first year. Admittedly it had some growing pains. One of the reasons there weren't any major vendors is Michigan's sales tax laws. If they an out of state vendor who also deals online and they physically come into Michigan make sales, then the state sees that as a relationship and they then have to collect and pay sales tax for all of their online sales to Michigan customers. This puts them at a disadvantage for their online sales. Larry Camp WB8R spoke at the Southern Michigan Amateur Radio Society meeting last night and explained this to us. The Michigan Section and the Great Lakes District is working with counsel on getting some sort of legislation or exemption for vendors for the GLHamcon. The 2 vendors that did show up were from Wisconsin and New York and they were quite pleased with the 1,000 to 1,200 people that came through. It may have looked like a small turnout, but that size will look small in a 71,000 capacity venue.

Remember, this his not just a swap shop. It is convention for the entire Great Lakes District with meetings and forums as well. The committee is working to improve things and take what lessons they learned from the inaugural event. So don't write it off yet.
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