Dayton Hamvention 2013 is now a memory for the mental log book. Only a matter of weeks has passed since the annual pilgrimage of hams, tech geeks, and wearers of tin-foil hats to a wonderous, though aged and smelly, facility named Hara Arena. We battled some rain, we battled some hot sun, and even a bout of Dayton Flu. We must’ve picked it up from some crotchety old geezer pawing our stuff only to complain that he could buy it brand new for a mere $300 more. With the exception of feeling like crap by Sunday it was a nice trip. We sold most of our wares and made enough money to pay for expenses. Even in a weakened condition we managed to enjoy some excellent dining and cold beverages.
I found a Baofeng UV-5RA dual hand HT complete with drop-in charger, earpiece mic, and USB programming cable for $46. That was a deal too tempting to resist even though I have a perfectly usable Yausu VX-7.
Bob Heil personally signed my copy of his Heil Ham Radio Handbook second edition.
I met Tommy Martin N5ZNO, one of the hosts of AmateurLogic.tv. He was very friendly and personable.
By Sunday the Dayton Flu had weakened us to the point that even sleeping in and a big Waffle House breakfast couldn’t overcome. We returned early back to Hoosierland with some goodies in our bags and lots of stories. I already can’t wait for next year!