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 Post subject: Dayton Hamvention Recap?
PostPosted: Feb Tue 14, 2017 6:31 pm 
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My last visit to Dayton was about 27 years ago. At that time I spent a day or so there and bought what I could with my meager allowance money. It was the largest event I had been to and I was impressed, though the old arena was looking pretty dated even then. My parents really wanted to go to show me where I was born at the AFB so we spent two days doing that. Seeing how hamfests in general have become a shell of their former self, for those who have gone recently, is Dayton worth a 9-10 hr drive or has it become a coffee social like the hamfests Ive attended in recent years?

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
PostPosted: Feb Tue 14, 2017 7:58 pm 
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For 2017, Dayton Hamvention has moved from HARA in Trotwood to Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, OH. Even in mid February they are still trying to work out all the details. I suspect come May, there will be lots of confusion getting there (traffic congestion), parking, outside vendor setups and coordination, indoor vendor setups and coordination, and probably a lot of other things that will materialize on opening day. Personally, for that length of travel, I would wait a year or two until the dust settles on the entire event. It took them 50 plus years to get the original one running like a "smooth machine".

More info: http://hamvention.org/media-news/latest-news/

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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Only 3 months out and online tickets are not available, there is no layout for the flea market, no ability to purchase assigned spaces, etc. I definitely will take a pass on it this year. Hara was a total disaster of a venue, but at least it was a known quantity. This is a major crapshoot, and I have a feeling that the teething pains will be anything but minor.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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And if it rains, Oh my! I can just picture some of those big trucks that normally show up in the flea market area sitting on wet soil or vendors standing on wet grass all day long. Looks like one heck of a walk from where attendees park their cars and the flea market area. A number of local roads around the area but only one major 2 lane (in each direction) highway. I think I counted roughly 135 inside spaces less then what they had at HARA. Buildings should get real cozy if attendees need some shelter.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
PostPosted: Feb Tue 14, 2017 11:30 pm 
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No.

Personal opinion only but after hearing all the hype a friend convinced me to drive to
Dayton in the early 80s. We thought it would be something spectacular.In reality we only spend4 or 5
hours there and left.Disappointing and much over-rated. Many medium-sized hamfests
had more to offer then.

Often wondered if it was one of those things like Liz Taylor...famous for being famous but
didn't really do all that much to warrant her fame.


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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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Wow, well, I would say its worth the trip, but as noted, the new location will have much growing pains.

Hamfests usually don't have much to offer in antique radios. But they sure are a great source for parts and test equipment!

I've never been disappointed with Hamvention. I usually find something well worth my time there. But I agree, i don't have far to travel.
Would I travel 9-10 hours? Maybe, but with the new venue, I'm concerned.
As manualman mentioned, its probably good to wait out a year or two and see how things go.

I will go this year, but I've no idea what to expect. Yes, Hara was a known quantity, even though it was run down. It is sad things went south for the venue.
I hope this isn't the beginning of the end.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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Based on the data I found here: https://info.pcboard.ca/hamvention/
As it stands right now:
Indoor spaces are 320; at HARA in 2016 - 504
Flea market spaces are 1293; at HARA in 2016 - 2211.
This is talk for indoor overflow to be housed in an erected tent.
Not sure what they will do with flea market overflow.
Here is the flea market map of identified spaces: http://hamvention.org/wp-content/upload ... 7-Full.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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Well Steve, hopefully you can make it and give us a full un-biased report compared to the former site. There will be no other way of knowing if I pick up a QST a couple months afterward and read all the glowing reviews about the best event ever. If I ever get back out it will be in conjunction with a planned vacation trip to find my childhood home in Medway.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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I attended Dayton for the first time last year. I went on a Friday and had a great time! It was well worth the 3 hour drive for me.

This year I am going to try to attend on the Saturday so I don't have to use a PTO day from work. I do expect fewer vendors this year simply because most people don't like change, especially ham radio guys from my experience. The Indy Hamfestt changed locations several years ago and has been steadily dwindling down to nothing ever since. Hopefully Dayton can hold its own and the new location will breath some new life into the event.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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"Likely (barring rain)" ... I've scheduled the Friday off, but I like MM, have grave concerns about the traffic into and out of Xenia.

With Hara, I knew exactly where to go to park (near the Burkey place), and how to avoid all the traffic.... Sigh, too bad...

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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yes going, with cash :)

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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never been, doubt i'll ever go. i'm the guy that brings a truckload and leaves with a truckload of other peoples stuff. too far a drive and too expensive to ship all that.


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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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I am going, in fact I even scored a campsite there, so it will be nice to have my 5th wheel there. Site #175 if anyone wants to stop by and have a beer or 10. lol

I think it's going to be great, yeah different, but great. I grew up just south of Hara Arena and remember it being a dump back in the 1970's. My first hamvention was in 1984 when I worked for RL Drake, and hit most of them thru the 90's and 2000's, but missed 2010-2015, hitting 2016 which of course was the last Hara Hamvention.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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I'll try to look you up Eric!

Granted, I'm not a beer drinker though. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Yes?No?Maybe?
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Looks like I will be attending on Saturday if all goes well. Hope to see a few of you there!

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I'm wanting to go but funds are low this year. Argh.

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Recap?
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So for those who attended the new venue, whats the recap?

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Recap?
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flyboy71 wrote:
So for those who attended the new venue, whats the recap?

Hamvention is next week: May 19-21

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Recap?
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You can see I haven't been paying attention huh? :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Dayton Hamvention Recap?
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Just finalized my plans for Dayton. I will be riding up Saturday morning with a couple of friends. Hope to see a few of you there!

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