HamVention 2004 Part A


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This is the 23rd year for our "Gathering Of The Faithful"!

Below is the flyer that was sent out via e-mail to the IOOK a couple of weeks before HamVention.


Attention IOOK!

The 23rd Annual “Gathering Of The Faithful” is rapidly approaching! It will occur on Friday, May 14th starting at 6:30 PM at the Farley estate. Y’all plan to attend!!!

Our Flea market spaces are the same as the last few years: 3347, 3348, and 3349 and Tom, WA5KUB, and the rest of the Tennessee/Arkansas gang will be next door….again! Tom plans to have live streaming video during their travels Wednesday and during the flea market through HamVention! If you can’t make the hamfest, at least you can say hi to us and see what is going on at the booth! (http://tmedlin.com/hamvention.html)

We have reservations for the all-you-can-eat buffet at Rob’s in Brookville scheduled for Saturday evening at 6:30 PM. You can also order off the menu if you prefer. Separate checks will be set up, so, no need to R.S.V.P. Just plan on being there!

We hope to B C N U soon! Many thanks!

Best 73, Zed W. Jay and the IOOK.


Below is a schedule of events anticipated to occur during HamVention week.


IOOK HamVention Week

8:30 AM – WA8ZWJ and N8KXM meet WA5KUB and the
Tennessee/Arkansas gang in the flea market
to set the floors and the van storage unit
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner at Toll House Tavern
Rt 48 in Union
7:30 PM Trip to flea market to set up booth and dump
stuff into the van

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM - Breakfast at California Garden
Shiloh Springs Rd. across from the 
Salem Mall near Hara Arena

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Flea Market open
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Indoor Exhibits open

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM - "Gathering of the Faithful"

6:00 AM - 6:45 AM - Breakfast at California Garden

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Flea Market Open
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Indoor Exhibits open

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Dinner at Rob's Restaurant 
Banquet Room - 705 Arlington Road, 
Brookville See ZWJ 4 maps

6:45 AM - 7:45 AM - Breakfast at California Garden

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Flea Market Open
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Indoor Exhibits open

5:30 PM Pizza Dinner at Marion's Piazza - Englewood
Rt 40 in the K-Mart Shopping Center


OK!  First, Lou and I shop for lunch vittles (Wednesday).  HamVention has finally arrived (almost) so let's go to Hara Arena and set up our booth.  This occurs early Thursday morning.

Thursday afternoon arrives and with it so does the IOOK - arrive that is!  WA8ZWJ and NN3V are shown visiting in ZWJ's shack.  N5AAA and XYL KA9VQS arrive as well.  Hoss, WA5ZAI gives the IOOK salute when he and Margareth arrive at the Farley Flophouse!  N0BIXie arrived too - but he took these pictures and with all his fancy cameras he hasn't figured out how to snap his own shot!  Har!!

The gang head to the Toll House Tavern for our traditional Thursday evening dinner.  Below you will see Hoss and his daughter, Tina - NN3V, W3TOM and N8KXM - KC8VSA and KB8FJB - KA9VQS and N5AAA - N7LMJ and W8TVC - KA8SFL and KF8KK - WA5QZI and Sylvia - W6KJ and KE5ZY.

The Toll House Tavern fun continues below with snap shots of Tina and Carl's son, WD8CJD and Margareth - WA5ZAI, Tina and Carl - WA5KUB and his Tennessee buddies - AB8CO, WA8ZWJ and K8EI - N5MS, N5JFQ and AD5JK.

Finally, here is Fast Eddie, W8ED and our waitress, Chrissy!

After dinner, the hard core IOOK'ers return to the flea market to finish the set up of the Flea Market Space!  The "Hard Core" consist of (L to R) AB8CO, K8EI, N8KXM, NN3V, N5AAA, WA8ZWJ and N8BYT!

Friday morning has finally arrived.  The "Early Birds" meet for breakfast at 6AM in preparation for entering the Flea Market by 7AM!  The "Early Birds" consist of NN3V, W3TOM, N5AAA, N8KXM, WA8ZWJ, WA5ZAI, K8EI, WE0G, N8DRM, AB8CO and N8BYT.  Few folks have the opportunity to see the flea Market at such an early hour, so, here is NN3V's perspective of the "Early Bird" catches the worm!  The rig pictured towards the bottom is Yaesu's newest top of the line!

 NN3V continues his inside tour.  What the heck is that mounted on the engine manifold?  N8KXM tries out the electric scooter that KA8SFL is selling.  Lunch Chef, NN3V does his thing!  N0BIX provides the next couple of shots showing WA5ZAI, WA8MSD, WA8ZWJ and N5AAA working behind the table.  N5AAA chats with KF8KK and N7LMJ.

More to come in 2004 B....