The Dayton Hamvention isn’t just a flea market.
It’s a gathering of the international amateur radio fraternity. That’s Greg, VAeGGF; Tim K3LR who organizes Contest U and does a first-class job of it; Oakville ARC President Rod, VE3RHF; and Jim, VE3AJ at the registration desk on Wednesday night.)
We meet friends like my buddy John, HK3C, who I’ve talked to numerous times on air and via Skype and met in person for the first time last week.
We get to hang out with the guys from our local clubs who attend. This year the Oakville ARC was well represented. I’m guessing there were 15 of us at Dayton.
If you arrived before Thursday you could attend Contest U or the QRP groups famous Four Days In May gathering.You’ll learn tons of new stuff at either event.
Then there’s the food. In the past we ate really really poorly. It was all fried food and all you could eat.
Last year was so bad that Rod, VE3RHF, and myself refused a second visit to a place that served food in vats. There was a reason most the clientele was obese.
This year, thanks to the guidance of Tony, VE3RZ, we ate very well at some really nice restaurants. (That’s us leaving one of the first-class eateries to be found in downtown Dayton.)
The first was an Italian place and on first glance I thought that dinner (which was wonderful) was going to run $60 or $70 US.
The bill, including two beers, was $25. I thought they’d made a mistake but all the meals ended up in the same price range.
Then, of course, there’s the flea market and if you can’t find it at Dayton it probably doesn’t exist anymore.
The Dayton flea market takes a good four hours of hard walking or two days of strolling to adequately cover.
Treasures abound and prices fall as the weekend progresses.