[AMRadio] Hamvention 2004

Brian Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Sun May 16 21:19:10 EDT 2004

I'd be interested to kow how the weather was for Hamvention this 
year.  I definitely enjoyed reading the "Chester's Almanac" though!

Hi Don - long time no see!

73s - Brian AF4K

On 16 May 2004 at 22:47, Donald Chester wrote:

> I was unable to make it this year, due to time factor.  Wonder how the
> AM forum went?  I recall last year attendance was down.  Was it even
> lower this year?
> It  used to never get rained out, back when they held it the 3rd
> weekend in April.  Then someone got the brilliant idea of moving it to
> the 4th weekend in April, and it rained practically every year.  So
> they moved it to May to escape the rain and cold, and although there
> have been a  couple of rain-free events,  weather still seems to be a
> problem.
> Apparently, the 3rd weekend in April by some quirk of nature turns out
> to usually be dry in that little corner of the world.  After they
> moved it to the 4th weekend, I used to ask locals what the weather was
> like the week before, and inevitabley they would respond that the
> weather was fine then; that would have been a good weekend to have had
> the hamfest.  Of course that third weekend would sometimes be cold,
> and I have seen snow,  but the fleamarket rarely shut down.  I recall
> one year in their brochure they mentioned that in 22 years the hamfest
> had been rained out only twice.  I suspect that rain-free weekend in
> April is one factor in Dayton becoming such a ham radio mecca.  Too
> bad someone had to mess with the date.
> -k4kyv
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