Friday, May 27, 2016

Dayton 2016

Dayton 2016.  It's the grand daddy of all ham shows, and it's a 6 hour drive away.

Justin (KE0HXL) and I started out from STL around 1:30p on Thur afternoon.  We ran into some traffic on Hwy 70 and decided to head south from Indy through Cincy and up from the south to Dayton.  Not sure if that was any faster, but we didn't hit any construction traffic, so it made for a better ride.  We forgot that we lost an hour with the time change, so it took us 6 hours to get to the hotel.  Google maps says 5h 40m without the time change, so we made pretty good time.

We stayed south of town, down by the Dayton mall.  If you go to Dayton, I suggest you stay down there, as there are lots of dinner locations around the mall.  Plus it's a nice area.  Getting to Hamvention is only a 30 min drive.  Friday morning we hit a little bit of rush our traffic around 7am, but Sat and Sun were smooth sailing.

Friday morning was spent in the flea market.  We made one quick round before the first forum at 9:15am as good deals in the flea market go fast.

Friday was spent popping in and out of forums and roaming the inside booths.  We hit most of the contesting forums along with some QRP and Emergency Communications classes.

Sat we concentrated on getting good deals at the vendor tables and knocking down our shopping list for good deals.  Both Justin and myself got a push up military mast good for 40ft, which we got a great deal on.  Here is a picture of it about 20 foot in the air.

Here is the other stuff I purchased.

Solder tips and steel wool
Two Radiowavz blauns
MFJ Speaker
Heat shrink tubing
20ft grounding strap
20 PL-259 solder ends
Grounding straps with crimp ends
2 8" barrel connectors
30 misc crimp ends
Repeater directory

Sunday we did one more tour through the whole inside and walked as much outside as we could before heading for home around 1pm.  Before we left, we walked through the DARA emergency communications van and I pulled out my recorder to capture the awesomeness.

I created a full walk through video of entering in door #27, walking past every booth and then out the front door.

On the way back we checked out our IL QSO party spot on a 2 county line.  I think this year we will do well due to more trees and better operating conditions.  Got to defend that 1st place finish from last year!

I created a presentation for my local club on how to survive Datyon, so I'll post it for all to see.

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