In a message dated 4/27/2005 8:17:02 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Ya know, I've been a ham for 30 year now (yikes!) and a semi-serious
contester on and off for perhaps the last 10 or so. This marks the very
first time my schedule is permitting me to make Dayton and I want everyone
-including those who made such unpopular and unfortunate decisions regarding
Dayton/ARRL logistics this year- that I'm truly beginning to wonder if I'm
going to come away from this experience with anything resembling a desire to
go back again.
Ian, K5ZM.. Catch me this year as it may be your only shot ;)
This is really easy. For a very long time, and even when the Contesting and
Antenna forums had "real rooms," the HARA venue was and is a dump -- pure and
simple. Frankly, it doesn't matter who did what to whom in the
planning/logistics process; the bottom line is that K1DG and K3LR have secured
location at the Crowne Plaza for our favorite forums that is down the hall
the contest dinner and evening suites.
So, Saturday's scenario has now become: 1) wake up; 2) have a nice breakfast
upstairs; 3) attend antenna forum; 4) take a break and have a quick sandwich
somewhere; 5) attend contest forum; 6) go get cleaned up for dinner; 7) do
the suites; 8) head to airport the next morning. In my book, that sure sounds
like a winner! No HARA, no smelly hams, no sucky AV, comfortable seating for
all, no hassle getting to and from a place you don't want to be at anyway,
Ian (and others) -- this will be one of the best Dayton events ever! Lucky
you to have it be your first.
My two cents.
73 John, K1AR
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