Dayton 2010

What do you get with 20,000-plus amateurs, great weather and a well-run three-day event?

You get Hamvention 2010 held in Dayton, Ohio. This year we had around 20 folks from VE3-land share the experience. Among many highlights (including the purchase of a Flexradio 1500) was meeting ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN. Another highlight was the ARRL PR Forum with Allen Pitts, W1AGP and PR National Committee Chair Bill Morine, N2COP. RAC President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, addressed the audience composed of public relations volunteers.

Dayton is a special experience. It can take a day to walk the fleamarket. The indoor vendors take over four buildings. Everybody who is anybody in ham radio in North America ends up at Dayton sooner or later. It’s wonderful to recognize a call sign name badge and to be engaged in a friendly conversation immediately.

It was a special treat for me to meet CQ Contest Hall of Fame recipient Don Hill, AA5AU and shake his hand. Don wrote a primary for RTTY which has been read by thousands of newcomers to RTTY. His induction into the Hall of Fame was a moving part of the Contesters’ Dinner and could not have happened to a nicer and more deserving guy.

And did I mention the great weather? We’ve years with tornados and driving rain. It’s been cold enough for snow (well almost). But this year was glorious sunny days and warm pleasant temperatures. Well another Dayton is in the history books and I highly recommend it for next year.

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