Having been to Visalia three times in my life (from MI) I have to agree
with Mr. Neiger. Visalia is a wonderful experience.
However, if you're expecting Dayton when you go to Visalia, you will be
disappointed. You won't seem hams wearing pith helmets with scale model
towers on top, but you will get many hundreds of DXers and contesters.
As an "out-of-towner" I was always made to feel extremely welcome by the W6s.
Alas, the organizers have seen fit to hold Visalia on the weekend of the
Michigan QSO Party, so without a QSY I'll not make it again...
At 06:59 PM 6/9/2005, Jim Neiger wrote:
>Having frequented Visalia, which we used to know as Fresno, 37 of the years
>since 1965, I have NO CLUE as to what N6RCE is complaining about.
>Visalia is/was formally the annual joint meeting of the Northern and
>Southern California DX clubs. Forty years ago, 90% of the attendees were in
>those clubs, and a real happy time had by all.
>Then it became known as the International DX Convention, and many visitors
>started coming from virtually all continents and ham radio persuasions.
>And contestors were made to feel welcome, and Visalia now hosts a Friday
>night contesting banquet, a Saturday afternoon contest forum, contest beer
>And a nice compact room, in the main convention hotel, for exhibitors.
>One can do Visalia, and never leave the hotel. But if they choose to drive
>5 miles to central Visalia, they will find a very nice city, good
>restaurants, and feel "safe".
>The Visalia convention this year, and increasingly so, was populated by many
>from outside of California, and obviously it has become a favorite place to
>go in April.
> Many of the top DXers and contesters from world-wide show at Visalia every
>year. I had the privilege of first meeting KH6IJ, K3ZO, W6AM, W6RR (and
>many other Southern California DXers/Contesters), OH1RY, and OH2BH, at
>Again, I have NO CLUE as to what N6RCE is talking about, but probably he has
>already volunteered to make 2006 Visalia even better.
>Jim Neiger N6TJ ZD8Z
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kevin J. Rowett" <email@example.com>
>Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 8:53 AM
>Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Visalia
> > Visalia needs help.
> > 73, de -KR- N6RCE
> > PS - can you turn your MIC gain down a bit? 10 pt, even 12 pt is fine.
> > 14 pt isn't needed,
> > takes up too much spectrum.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: N7MAL [mailto:N7MAL@CITLINK.NET]
> > Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2005 1:06 AM
> > To: Kevin J. Rowett; firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Dayton and the forum issues
> > Lets take a step back in history. At one time there was a West Coast
> > hamfest held in Las Vegas, it was called SAROC. You talk about
> > politics, whiners, and complainers it had them all. I was an exhibitor at
> > the last SAROC, in the 70's, and I was also an exhibitor
> > that same year at Dayton. Dayton is still alive and reasonably healthy
> > while SAROC is long gone dead and buried.
> > My point being the whiners and complainers and rumor mongers ruined SAROC.
> > Instead of being positive and helpful the whiners and
> > complainers and rumor mongers got on their various soapboxes demanding a
> > boycott and killed the hamfest.
> > It sounds like Dayton needs a little tweaking to fix things not a bunch of
> > threats or a bunch of criticism. From almost every
> > report, I hear, Visalia doesn't need any help.
> > Suggesting boycotting is what killed SAROC and boycotting will kill
> > Dayton. If you have suggestions for improving Dayton or Visalia
> > why not contact them directly and make your ideas known. Keep in mind
> > most-likely Dayton was around before you were a ham, so start
> > out small and with respect.
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