Thanks, Ken. I inadvertently overlooked Orlando. Glad to hear that
they are doing so well.
It's also interesting to hear that the commercial area is doing so well.
One problem that we had when hosting a convention in 2001, was that
vendor space was a hard sell to the smaller businesspeople.
Understandable, given that most were from out of the area and would have
travel and lodging expenses.
Also, this was a time that even the smaller businesses were setting up
websites, so in-person exposure was less important.
73 de Jim - AD6CW
On 1/27/2011 6:57 AM, Ken Simpson, W8EK wrote:
> Hi Jim and others,
> While not on your list of great hamfests like Dayton and TenTec, you
> should add Orlando HamCation. They have topped 10,000 people for
> several years. It is coming up in a couple weeks on February 10, 11,
> 12, and 13. Even with the miserable weather we had here in FL last
> year, most everything at Orlando HamCation was UP by 10% or so. That
> includes the tailgate area, attendance, swap building, etc. Only
> thing not up 10% was the commercial area, and that was because it was
> already full, and could not possibly grow any more. Many people in
> the swap area reported "selling out" within a few hours.
> I will be at the QCWA booth in the main commercial area most of the
> time, and will also be doing a QCWA forum at 11:15 AM on Saturday.
> Please stop by and say hello, and come to the forum. This applies to
> anyone, but especially those licensed 25 years or more.
> See you at Orlando HamCation.
> Ken, W8EK
> Ken Simpson
> QCWA National Director
> E-mail to W8EK@FLHam.net or W8EK@arrl.net
> Voice Phone (352) 732-8400
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