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Old 18th May 2010, 01:42 PM   #101
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Great Pix George. I'd love to go to Dayton some year, but will probably settle for Charlotte next year.

I missed Charlotte this year as I was staying with Pop that weekend. I can go next year, but can't see pop again so it was worth it.

The Charlotte Ham Fest is now held in Concord NC, but used to be held in a in Shelby NC up till a couple years ago when it switched to the Charlotte Expo Center for a while. It is touted as the largest ham fest in the SE.

I haven't been since it moved from Shelby, but it used to be great with a very large 'tailgate' area. It is scheduled for March 12-13 next year if anyone is interested.

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I got a no-code tech license after they changed the rules. I mainly got the license so I could talk to pop on 2M and used to do so on my way home from work nearly every eveinig till the plant moved and I couldn't hit the repeter on Mt Mitchell on the way home.

I hoped to learn code in 71 when I went in the NAVY as I went to Radio Operators Schoool in Patuxent River MD, but when I got there I was told the class before us was the last to be required to learn code. I tried learning code several times since then, but just never got it.

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That reminds me, I wonder if I'm supposed to notify the FCC that pop is off the air?
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Old 28th April 2012, 11:25 PM   #102
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It's that time of year again. The biggest hamfest in the world is in Dayton Ohio the weekend of May 18 -22. I have been going every year for the last 5 years, but this time it will be different.

Tubelab Inc. has been renting warehouse space for several years. The rent is increased every year. Tubelab Inc. has also lost money for 6 out of its 7 years. If the warehouse payment didn't exist, Tubelab Inc. would have made money for 6 out of 7 years. So it has become obvious what needs to be done.

The warehouse is 2400 cubic feet. This is small but in south Florida it now costs $210 a month. My daughter moved out years ago, so her old bedroom will become the new warehouse. It is 880 cubic feet. I have to reduce my collection of "stuff" by about two thirds. I have been giving away, selling and scrapping "stuff" for the last 5 years. We used to rent 6000 cubic feet! We have had only the single bay for 2 years now, and we plan to be out of it by July.

I have been hitting the local hamfests selling my "stuff" for the past 6 months, but the local hamfest season is over, and I still have too much "stuff".....SO it's off to Dayton. I will be there this year selling tubes transformers, vintage stereos, guitar amps, and all sorts of electronic "stuff". The Honda Element pulling a trailer holds about 500 cubic feet, and it will be fully stuffed!

Pictures from one of the local hamfests. The "tubes for $1" seemed to get the most interest, so I am bringing several thousand. What doesn't sell isn't coming back. It will be dropped off at ESRC on the way home.

If you are going, stop by flea market spaces FW2338 and 2339 if you want to BS about audio, tubes or anything else. Sitting outside for 3 days can get pretty boring.
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Old 29th April 2012, 06:23 AM   #103
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Very tempted to go but its a 5 hour drive from here, plus having to get a hotel room and everything.

Have you ever been to the Breezeshooters hamfest in Butler PA? Its a decent size and held on a fairground.
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Old 29th April 2012, 09:08 PM   #104
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Have you ever been to the Breezeshooters hamfest in Butler PA?
No, I haven't been to any hamfests outside of Florida other than Dayton. I make several trips a year to northern West Virginia (Moundsville), often via the Pittsburgh airport. I plan my spring trip to coincide with Dayton. I have limited time off of work so I am going back Memorial day weekend. When my nearly 40 year career runs out, I'll be living up there so I will be looking for a new set of hamfests.
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Old 29th April 2012, 09:44 PM   #105
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George, a word of advice from someone with a 25+ year experience at Dayton. I'm not going, but be as self sufficient as possible. Meaning food snacks, water, rain gear, big umbrella for shade & rope to secure it, warm jacket (yes, even in May), tools, folding chair, big tote bag to carry treasure back to your car, small first aid kit, toilet paper, paper towels, empty plastic bottle to pee in & lots of cash American.
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Old 6th May 2012, 01:31 AM   #106
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but be as self sufficient as possible.
I plan to have enough stuff so that I can live in the Honda for 3 days if necessary.

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warm jacket (yes, even in May)
I have experienced the weird weather changes in Dayton. I have seen it cold and windy enough for me (who doesn't usually get cold) to need shoes and socks, thick jeans, two shirts, and a thin jacket in the morning, and be in flip flops, shorts and a tank top the same afternoon.....then it rained. I have also seen a freak windstorm rip down peoples tents and overturn tables. ESRC lost a few tubes....

Last year it was hot.....and stinky. Someone broke a sewer line and the brown stuff was flowing through the swap meet. I decided to leave.

This will be my first time selling at Dayton, but I did Miami for about 20 years straight. It was indoors though.

I think I have most everything on your list already packed except I forgot the folding chair....added to the list, and I am not bringing an umbrella (the Honda makes a good shelter and will be with me) nor lots of cash...so I won't be tempted to buy stuff

Somehow I know I'll come back with some sweep tubes though.......it always happens.
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The only other thing I forgot to mention is to bring a roll of clear plastic. or a tarp, to cover your tables in case of sudden rain. Also some spring clamps or bungies to hold it down.

The staff is very fussy about staying within your spaces when setting up your tables. Also, the pub opens at 6AM for breakfast. And always have your admission card with you. Should you leave the flea market area for the pub, the outhouses, or any reason, you won't get back in without it. Have fun.
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Well, it's that time of year again. I will be returning to the swap area at the Dayton hamfest again this year. I will be bringing tubes.....even sweep tubes, transformers, some audio and musical instrument stuff, lots of junk, but no ham radio equipment.

A few people from this forum stopped by last year to BS, and anyone is welcome again. If you are going, stop by flea market spaces FW2338 and 2339 if you want to BS about audio, tubes or anything else. If there's any room in the Element left, I'll even bring chairs this time.

Two pictures from last year. Yes, all of that stuff, including the shelving and tables came out of the blue Element.
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Old 7th May 2013, 03:21 PM   #109
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I plan on going this year. I'm just down the road a bit, and almost always go to stock up. Best to be able to pick and choose 6BQ7s to avoid the microphonic series heater ones. Lots of local furries go since it falls nicely between Morphicon and Anthrocon. Don't have a QSL card, so I'll wear my con badge instead.

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Well George, good luck selling and hunting. BTW, you're on youtube with a walk by from some 2012 Japanese attendees beginning at 5:17 and you're center stage at 5:22.
?????Dayton?Hamvention?????????? - YouTube Anyone interested in seeing what the Hamvention is like outside should watch all eight of the videos
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