Several Santa Fe Trail Amateur Radio Club members, family and friends traveled to Xenia Ohio on May 15 for the Dayton Hamfest and ARRL National Convention.
|Dick (Hooper) Hooper||KN4UHA|
The 10 hour drive was long but uneventful, filled with plenty of conversation on 40M SSB and 2M FM. We arrived late just before the local Subway closed, thankfully they let us in. We all found a bed in the Air B&B house Joe rented for the group, nice job Joe.
On Thursday the group split between the QRP Forum, Contest University and the Air Force Museum, a good day for all.
A Thunderstorm early Friday started our day off. The rain stopped before we headed for the Green County Fair grounds where the hamfest was held. After a short rain shower, as we stood in line for about 30 minutes to enter the event, we finally got in around 8 AM. The event planners did a nice job on the parking as they provided golf carts to transport attendees to the gate from their parking location.
The next two days were filled with forums, flea market, and vendor booths. After an early forum it was off to the Flex Radio booth to order a new Flex 6400. Elecraft announced a new K4 Rig. Yaesu came out with a new FT3 handheld to name just a few. The flea market was filled with rigs, parts and all the things we just had to have HA, HA. I met my "Call Sign cousin" KI4KK from North Carolina in the flea market.
We all had a great time and were ready to leave by Sunday morning.
Geroge, WB0CNK, posted additional pictures at the following link: