2017 Hamvention Report (K0NR)


Big Island ARRL News, 24 May 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC, Post #203.


Reporter:  Bob Witte (K0NR).

Accessed on 24 May 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC.

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By all accounts, the relocation of the annual Hamvention from the rundown Hara arena to the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio went smoothly.  More than 30,000 radio amateurs attended the large gathering and were generally impressed with the displays, special workshops, the “flea market”, and the food.

Colorado ham operator Bob Witte (K0NR) made the long trip to the Hamvention and offered this quick assessment of the event:


  • Most of the buildings were in good shape [insert disparaging comment about Hara].
  • Most of the buildings are not air conditioned but it seemed to be comfortable enough.
  • The usual vendors were there…I couldn’t think of any didn’t show.
  • The food selection was very good…basically “county fair style” vendors. For example, I had Louisiana style chicken, red beans and rice for lunch on Saturday.
  • The forum rooms were pretty decent, as in large and convenient  [insert disparaging comment about Hara]
  • I attended a few forums (all good): contesting, AMSAT, NPOTA
  • Parking was convenient and no charge.


  • The flea market was a muddy mess, so we skipped that completely. Those that went out there came back with shoes covered with mud. (I saw one guy that came prepared with 18-inch high rubber boots. Smart move.) I’ve seen lots of comments on the web about “well, you can’t control the weather so you just have to deal with the mud.” Yes, you can’t control the weather but even Hara had a paved parking lot for the flea market. Read: no mud.
  • All of the food vendors were outside and there was little to no sheltered seating. If the rain had hit around lunch time, I am not sure where people would have eaten.

All in all, not too bad.

One of these days, I’ll make the trip from Laupahoehoe, Hawaii to Xenia, Ohio.  But, for now, I’ll have to be content to read about the experience of others.

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