Dayton Hamvention Coverage

For those of you, who, like me, were unable to make it to Dayton this year, here are a few reports on the goings-on there:

  • Dayton Daily Reports (day 1, day 2, day 3). These are reports from the ARRL.
  • Vicarious Dayton Hamvention. W4KAZ has put together a great set of links to other reports on Dayton 2011.  It includes links to videos and written reports from other bloggers.

Part of the excitement was a surprise visit from  Julius Genachowski, the current FCC Chairman. The Hamvention put out this press release:

When Bill Curtice, WA8APB, answered the Hamvention information line phone Saturday morning at Hara Arena, he thought he might have a prank caller.  The voice on the other end said, “I am Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC.” Fortunately Bill treated the call as if it was legitimate.  A few minutes later, Chairman Genachowski was entering East Hall of Hara Arena to begin his brief, but welcome, visit to Hamvention. He explained that his plane had been diverted to Dayton Friday night and he was told that it might be difficult to find a motel room because it was Hamvention weekend.

“When I heard that, I knew I had to visit it,” Chairman Genachowski said, “I don’t know a lot about ham radio but I know that it is an important service.” He had a chance to learn a little more as Hamvention Chairman Michael Kalter, W8CI, took him on a brief tour during which he had an opportunity to chat with a number of hams. Unfortunately his rescheduled flight time only provided for about two hours at Hamvention but he described his visit as enjoyable and informative.

Apparently, the flea market got a little “ripe.”  Here’s another bit from a Hamvention press release:

Unfortunately, though rain did not dampen flee market spirits, a different sort of liquid did present a problem for a period Saturday afternoon. A sewer line underneath the center of the flea market broke and its contents bubbled up through the ground. The affected vendors were moved with assistance from Hamvention volunteers and vacuum trucks arrived quickly to clean up the mess. We thank the affected vendors for their patience during the problem and attendees for the cooperation while repairs were made.

Here’s some video. According to a friend of mine, only one restroom was in operation while the sewer line was being fixed. Yikes! They really need to find a better venue.

Fortunately, it appears as if I will be able to make both the bowling tournament and Dayton next year.  The bowling tournament will be moving to the first weekend in May.

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