Destination: 2017 Hamvention and the FDIM (Four Days In May) conference

I’ll soon see a lot of this on my way to FDIM and the 2017 Hamvention.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ll be attending and hosting a booth for ETOW at the 2017 Hamvention this week.

Indeed, I’m spending today (Sunday) gathering all of my booth supplies, then organizing and packing them. I’ll be on the road for the better part of a week, so keep this in mind if you try to contact me.

Dayton Xenia Hamvention!

This photo was taken in the Hara Arena–this year, the Hamvention has new digs.

This will be the first year the Hamvention will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio (just outside of Dayton).

According to the ARRL, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) is expecting up to 35,000 visitors this year. That number is a little hard to believe as it would be a pretty dramatic increase in attendance over previous years. Still, I can attest that obtaining accommodation in the vicinity was quite difficult this year (similar to a few years ago when the Science Olympiad was hosted on Hamvention weekend).

The outdoor exhibits (flea market) portion of the Hamvention is very popular and will be on-site at the new venue.

I imagine a lot of folks will make the pilgrimage, if for no other reason than to check out the new venue. And, quite frankly, many had stopped attending Hamvention in years past as they were put off by the conditions at the former venue, the deteriorating Hara Arena.

Expect photos!

We have a  number of volunteers at our booth this year (table number 6508), so I’ll hopefully have plenty of time to browse both the inside exhibits and the flea market area during slow periods.

As in years past, I’ll plan to take lots of photos, too! I’ll do my best to try to capture the layout and feel of the new venue.

Universal Radio’s booth at the 2016 Hamvention.

On that note–though I can’t promise I can follow through–are there any vendors or products in particular that you’d like me to include in the photos? If so, please comment!

So far on my bucket list:

  • visit Icom booth and check out their new receivers (the IC-R8600 and IC-R30)
  • visit Universal Radio’s booth and see if CommRadio has an update on the CTX-10
  • check out the new Kenwood HT–the TH-D74A–which includes a full-function wideband receiver
  • see if Palstar is any closer to releasing the TR-30A–a transceiver they announced at the 2013 Hamvention
  • check out Elad’s booth and ask about the new FDM-S3 SDR
  • look for any other SDR/QRP and transceiver innovators

I’ll plan to post photos during the Hamvention, of course, but I doubt I’ll be able to include much commentary as I typically have very little free time.

I spotted this Hallicrafters Super Skyrider in the 2013 Hamvention flea market. She would look quite good in my radio room!

I’ll do my best to avoid bringing home any new-to-me vintage gear. Seriously. Wish me luck!

Again, if you’re also attending the Hamvention, why not stop by booth 6508 and introduce yourself!?!

I’ll also attend the Four Days In May QRP conference Thursday and Friday evenings–I should be wearing a name tag, so please introduce yourself if you bump into me there.

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6 thoughts on “Destination: 2017 Hamvention and the FDIM (Four Days In May) conference

  1. Barry

    Thomas (and others)

    Please take pictures of PRICES!!!

    We love looking at all the pictures, but always wonder how much they wanted for something in the flea market especially.

    And when you have thought you have taken enough pictures, take some more 🙂

    Barry (VK4)

    1. Thomas Post author

      I’ll do my best, Barry!

      Prices are challenging to include; especially with rare or collectible gear, there are no price tags. The seller wants you to ask for the price. When they do have prices, the tag is so small, it can’t be easily seen/read from a shot of the radio.

      I’ll certainly give it a go, though. You’re right–prices are quite useful!

  2. John AE5X

    I’ll be eagerly anticipating your photos and news, Thomas. Details on the new rx from Elad would be great and, if you get a chance, could you ask them if they have any plans for a new transceiver? I just bought an FDM-Duo and am still putting it through its paces. As you know, it’s their first transceiver and I wonder if it was a one-time deal for them or do they plan to enter the ham market with additional products down the line.

    Thanks and have fun

    John AE5X

    1. Thomas Post author

      Noted, John! I’ll ask them. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the DUO–I hear it’s an exceptional little transceiver.



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