Dayton Hamvention

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You’ve been to radio rallies – but nothing quite like this.

Whatever your interests in the radio spectrum, you’ll find what you want at Dayton in Ohio. The worlds oldest and largest Hamfest.

What a flea market!!

Do you want to potter in the flea market ? The Dayton version stretches for acres upon acres with over 2500 stalls, offering everything from a vintage radio set to ex-military electronic gear. Boxes of filters, vast amounts of ham computer software, more books than you ever knew existed.

The show itself

Do you want to see the latest Rig or hardware ? No problem You’ll find it all at Dayton, long before it makes an appearance over here. Everyone who is anyone in the ham radio market have their new products on display in one of the halls.

Then there’s the show, where you will see the very best in amateur radio & computer gear. From all over the world companies, like Icom Kenwood Yaesu and a host of international business – Kenwood for instance are always there in force.

The Town & Shopping Malls.

Then there is Dayton itself, Small town America at its best Shopping ?. There are Two huge malls, offering everything imaginable (one more mall near to our Hotel). all at prices of a dollar to a pound or less. Food you can live like a lord for the equivalent of a meal in Britain or less, you should see the steak’s and burgers.

What’s that, simply the biggest aviation museum in the world. Where else can you see parts of the moon landing module B36, and B47 – and just about every flying aircraft to have carried stars and stripes. Some people spend a week there.

You’ll never forget your week in Dayton.

Just ask anyone who has been. !!!

Whilst the South Yorkshire Repeater Group no longer organize trips we are here to help you get to Dayton.

Dayton 2012 Hamfest dates are as follows

Friday 18th May 2012. Saturday 19th May 2012, Sunday 20th May 2012.

May I suggest that you fly out on a Wednesday before the rally and travel back either the Sunday or the Monday.

Delta Airlines travel from Manchester to Dayton via Atlanta each day, care hire is straight forward via internet or at the airport. There are many hotels in Dayton I use one in Fairborn some 30 minutes from the Hamfest, which is safe and 3 local bars within walking distance and many places for something to eat.

Most hotels allow up to five persons in 1 room at no extra charge using 2 double beds and a foldaway.

In most cases based on 2 people sharing room hire and car hire, flying from Manchester DL64 and DL65, average flights £475, car hire based on 2 sharing £125, Hotel based on 5 days 2 sharing £170, plus a bit of petrol you can do it for under £800.

Please note you will need a USA ESTA and driving license with a credit card for the car hire.

Further information contact Ernie G4LUE on 07984 19 1873

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