Here is the brochure that was sent out this year.
Here are sample tickets for this year's event.
This is an aerial view of last year's flea market.
Can you find the IOOK booth?
Using the left corner of the building go out to the second aisle from the top. A little to the left beside the white tent you see our green tarp covering our spot.
Here's HamVention Week 2013 at a glance!
Awards and HamVention materials...
This shot is of our three spaces taken the Saturday before
HamVention! What a difference a week can make!
Richard - VK5UK and Jo-Anne arrive from Australia on Sunday
Someone caught this highway sign as they were coming into
Dayton! HamVention cometh!
Lou - N8KXM has been working on setting up a new computer
for the WA8ZWJ connection to EchoLink. It is on the air as of today!
Many thanks to Lou for his efforts! The catch is, we disable EchoLink during HamVention because the repeater is turned off while we are in the flea market so we can use simplex on the grounds.
Jo-Anne and Richard - VK5UK had never been to a baseball
game, so Marian - WD8CJD and Keith - WA8ZWJ took them this evening.
WD8CJD had gotten 4 tickets for the game from where she works part time.
The main entry gate...
One of our tickets...
Marian, Jo-Anne and Richard in our seats...
10th row behind the home team dugout...
The Dayton Dragons mascots - Heater and Gem...
Another look at the scoreboard with smoke coming out of the
Heater and Gem greeting the Dragons line up as they are
Fun between innings...
More fun between innings...
A couple of guys from the gym where Keith works out...
Their seats were only a few rows behind ours...
Here's Gem with Keith's friends...
Final score Fort Wayne 5 and the Dragons 4. Shucks!
Fast Eddie - W8ED has arrived to set up the beer. Of
course, everyone knows that Fast Eddie is the Flow Manager!
Judging from the foam, it is still needs time to settle
down and Fast later adjusts the CO2 pressure...
Here Fast Eddie takes the first sample....
Of course, Keith - WA8ZWJ has to try a sip as
well! Mmm Mmm good!
After the sampling we talked with John - N5AAA on the repeater on his way to Lou - N8KXM's! More folks are arriving! Yee haw!
Here's what N0BIX saw as he drove into the state of Ohio
from the west!
N0BIX has arrived at the Farley Flophouse!
After a short visit we headed up to Lou and Sandi's to join some more of the gang.
Here's Sandi with a couple of her pet friends.
Jan, John and Jo-Anne
Marian and Keith
Marian, Keith, Lou and Richard
Richard and Bob...
Lou and Sandi's sundial
The guys begin loading the flea market floors into Lou's
Loyd - K8EI and Charlie - NN3V arrive. Loyd and Lou
are looking at Lou's tower.
Keith and Charlie with Richard in the background...
Richard and Charlie
Jan and Bob
Loyd needs to replace a headlight bulb...
Charlie asks "How many IOOK'ers does it take to change
a light bulb?"
The answer to his question is "How many IOOK'ers are
Tom - W3TOM and Debbie - KA3VNF arrive!
Welcome to Pauly's RV Park!
Tom - W3TOM
Just like that we are off to dinner!
Charlie and Loyd
L to R - John, Richard, Jan, Jo-Anne, Lou and Marian
L to R - Sandi, John, Debbie and Jan
Game dinner menu
Yes, they have a full menu - these are just the specialties!
Our dinner gang with Sandi having fun and Debbie hiding!
L to R - John, Jan, Jan, Skip. (Debbie not seen), Tom, Sandi, Jo-Anne, Richard, Marian, Keith, Charlie and Loyd.
Here's N0BIXie who took the group photo!
OK - so we all know that Bob takes most of the photos!
Some locals waiting on a table...
Keith took this shot for Lee - WA8MSD and Vicky - KB8HUZ -
this is a great bait shop up at Lake Erie!
This guy was not part of our group but had a great sense of humor!
A couple more locals waiting on a table...
Dinner is over and we head back to Lou and Sandi's and Tom
and Debbie start setting up their new to them motorhome.
Sandi is inviting us back to continue with the tour that
Debbie is giving.
John and Jan's motorhome.
If you look carefully, on the far left you can see the back
of Lou and Sandi's camper, then John and Jan's motorhome, then Lou's tower, then
Lou and Sandi's home, then Tom and Debbie's motorhome!
What a fun evening!
Here are the early arrivals at the Burkey Family
N5AAA, AI0OK, WA8ZWJ, N8KXM, N0BIX
Our waitress, Tami!
W6RBM - Bruce has arrived!
Tom - W3TOM
Debbie - KA3VNF
Bob's group shot...
Then we are off to the flea market to set up the floors...
While we were at breakfast Keith got a call from Marian
that the waterbed had developed a leak that we thought had been repaired.
Luckily Keith and Marian had a spare mattress. Bob and John elected to
finish emptying the old mattress while Keith and Lou went to the grocery to buy
vittles for our flea market lunches.
Upon our return, we installed the new mattress.
While it was filling up Keith sliced the onions for the
flea market lunches.
Then our small group went to West Milton for lunch.
Of course N0BIXie is not in the photos because he took them.
Later that afternoon, while Keith enjoyed a cigar and some
rest time, Bob took snap shots of Keith's smoke patterns near an overhead
light. Bob thought this particular photo was kind of artistic because he
saw a cat (Keith saw a dog) with a smaller dog barking at a face to the right.
Art is in the eye of the beholder!
Max - K1MAX has arrived just in time for us to head to the
Toll House Tavern!
The Toll House Tavern!
Jan - KA9VQS and John - N5AAA
Jo-Anne, Richard - VK5UK and Max - K1MAX have joined them
Here are Edward - KD5JUM and Chas - AI0OK. Edward is
a close friend of Wil - WB5YFX's. Wil was unable to attend HamVention at
the last minute and asked that we show Edward a good time at HamVention!
Debbie - KA3VNF, Tom - K8BTE and Joe - N8BYT have arrived!
Keith is talking with Jim - W1KNK who is one of the locals
who has been checking into our Wednesday evening nets.
Charlie - NN3V threatens to cut off Tom's tie! Tom is
objecting because he needs to leave soon to head to an ARRL function!
Obviously the ARRL is more formal than the IOOK!
Tom and Marian - WD8CJD
Brenda, Ron - NA6RS, Charlie and Keith
This is Jim - W1KNK's license plate. He has upgraded
since the KC8ZME call and retrieved his old call from when he was a ham many
moons ago in a time far, far away!
The Michiganders and Oklahomans have arrived! Plus
Stan - N5JFQ, Mike - N7LMJ, Dave - W8TVC, John - KF8KK, Aaron - AD5JK, Jimbo - KA8SFL
Aaron, Stan, Jim and Bruce
According to Stan "The IOOK - the real people all the time!"
Keith getting a quick high for an aerial shot...
Lou - N8KXM and Richard - VK5UK
Jim - W5JCS finally has arrived!
Jim will never pass up a photo op with a young lady!
Our waitresses, Lena and Aimee! Great job
girls! Thank you!
Then a bunch of us head back to the flea market to set up
the tarp, antenna and flag!
Lou not only stores the floors, tarp and antenna set up but he organizes
it's set up and tear down each year! Many thanks to Lou!
It is starting to take shape...
Time to add the tarp. We forgot the tarp last year
and had to add it Friday morning!
Attaching the tarp to the frame...
Time for the erection...
Now we walk it back into place...
Antenna and flag erection time...
All assembled and ready to erect...
Just like Lou planned it! Yee haw!
For some reason the space between our booth and the solder
guys next door is really tight so we decide to leave the tan van there overnight
while Keith has a lot of assistance to guide it into the small space.
Time to crash for the night and get ready for a big day tomorrow!
Here's the early breakfast group at Burkey's!
L-R N5AAA, Brenda, NN3V, N8BYT, AI0OK, KD8OEA, N8KXM, K8EI, NA6RS, W3TOM
Debbie - KA3VNF missed the picture - she was at breakfast too!
Setting up the booth and preparing the banner...
The banner is up!
Early at Hara Arena...
Larry - K9XA and brother Max - K1MAX
Randy - KD8OEA
Lou - N8KXM
Charlie - NN3V placing the IOOK Guarantee in a prominent
Jim - W5JCS and Joseph - WA5FLT
Aaron - AD5JK
Stan - N5JFQ
Jim - WB8VSU
Gary - KB0HH
Richard - VK5UK and Aaron
Don, Da Bear - KE8NK
Bruce - W6RBM
Bob - N0BIX
Charlie - WB8NSL
Tom - WN5TL
Skip - N2FOE and Joe - N6DGY
John - KD8AIZ
Charlie - NN3V
Tom - W3TOM in the ARRL booth
Debbie - KA3VNF in the ARRL booth
General flea market shot...
This is a Paulygraph - taken by Lou - N8KXM
Lee - WA8MSD
Nolan - KC9EJB and John - W9KD
Another look at our booth - notice Keith's tan van is not
beside the booth? It is parked in an empty space across the aisle.
Lou having fun with N0BIX...
Jim - W5JCS and Charlie - WB8NSL
Richard and Charlie...
Richard and John
Chris Medlin, AC5CM - W5KUB's son...
Charlie and Jim with Richard in the background...
We were looking at the value on the pot - however, we had
to replace the batteries in the VOM before we could do the task!
Thanks to Joe - N8BYT for his assistance!
Mike - N7LMJ
Persimmons are being served on the veranda!
After the fog cleared the sun came out and the lunch chefs
were getting hot (as well as the vittles) so Lou got a couple of umbrellas to
John - KF8KK
Max came in to assist Lou in his shading task but we don't
seem to have a photo of that!
Later Joe stood in for Max but now Joe and Lou are looking
for replacements so they can eat their sandwich!
Mike - N7LMJ sent in the satellite photo of our
booth. The catch is it must be from last year because the tan van was not
there this year since it was parked across the aisle.
N0BIXie left HamVention and drove to West Milton to catch
the girls at lunch at The Pearson House.
The Pearson House is well known for their pies!
Jo-Anne, Marian Sandi and Jan
Back at HamVention here are Ron - NA6RS and Brenda
Tom - WB8MVR
Randy - KA0AZS
Our friend from across the aisle...
Dave - W8TVC enjoying his HamVention cigar!
Aaron got Keith! He had no clue!
ZWJ enjoys an after lunch cigar as well!
A look at the arena area inside...
Bob - K8GJL
Jim - W5JCS and Joseph - WA5FLT
Rick - KK8O - The O stands for Observer!
Edward - KD5JUM
Charlie poses with Flat KBob!
Bill - N8TQ
This guy says he is quite a CW enthusiast however, his
friends who gave him the badge must think he sends with his left foot!
Hmm - Jim has had 20 feet of tower of for two years now and
has not managed to complete the task. I guess he is working on a five year
Off to the Farley Flophouse for The Gathering Of The
Jerry - KE8ZB, Libby - N8KOR and Jo-Anne
Inside preps - Marian, Jan and Sandi
Ah, our brat chef! Dave - W8TVC brings the brats and
Big Al usually cooks them but Big Al was unable to make the trip this year so
Dave did the cooking!
Many thanks to Dave for the brats! Everyone loves them!
Jan - KA9VQS, Vicky - KB8HUZ and Lee - WA8MSD
John and Mike
Jo-Anne and Richard
John, Da Bear and Jan
Sandi, Libby, Lou and Jerry
Bruce and Lee
John enjoying some suds...
Hmm - I think Charlie and Lou have spent entirely too much
time at the firehouse!
Nice pair Tom!
Keith visits with Sasha - Randy's granddaughter...
Waiting for dinner...
Parking at the Farley Flophouse!
Loyd leads us in the blessing...
NOW it is time to eat!
After dinner Loyd starts off the evening activities by
conducting our candle lighting ceremony.
The Memorial pages for Tom - K8BTE and Luis - XE1L have been completed. Links are listed below:
AWARDS! AWARDS! AWARDS!
WA8ZWJ, KD5JUM, WD8Q, KK8O, W3TOM, N3LLR
First we must assimilate three more fellows into the IOOK!
Being assimilated are - L to R - Edward - KD5JUM, Henry - WD8Q and Bill - N3LLR
Dave - W8TVC has been helping rebuild a "Barney Fife
Squad car" for the university!
Glenn - W8AK donated this control head, mic and speaker to
add to the authenticity of the renovation!
Richard educated Keith on the Australian version of
In Australia it is DILLIGAF!
To hear an Australia version of the DILLIGAF song click on the link below. NOTE - the language is strong and not suitable for young ears.
Jo-Anne says "DILLIGAF!"
Charlie is being presented the "Sleepy Head"
Tom is being presented the "Truly Retired" award.
Sessel B. DeFisher...
Dave is being presented the "Top Of The Heap"
Charlie is being presented the "Phat Phinger"
Bob and Loyd are being presented the "Wino or Why
Rick is being presented the "Check Your Calendar"
Chas was presented the "Planning Ahead" award.
Then he presented Keith with the "I want a slash through the zero of my call sign license plate" award.
After going round and bout with his DMV they issued another license plate with a slash through the zero!
Stan is being presented the "Retard" award.
Lou and Sandi prepare to present Bob with an award...
It is "The Flamingo" award!
Charlie is asking the group if he missed getting
"Flower Fund" contributions from anyone.
Bob presents John with the "Lighted Ducky Key
Bob prepares us for the IOOK Hall Of Fame presentation...
John - N5AAA is the recipient of the 2013 IOOK Hall Of Fame
Award! Congratulations John!
THANKFULLY, THE RAIN HELD OFF UNTIL AFTER THE AWARDS PRESENTATION!
The group then moved to Keith's computer downstairs to
visit one on one with Hoss - WA5ZAI who missed his first HamVention in 44 years!
Many thanks to all who helped made the 32nd Annual Gathering Of The Faithful a success!
Here's the early breakfast bunch at Burkey's!
The guy in the middle is Rom - KA8PBB! He is the guy
who does our badges!
Here's Loyd with his two breakfasts!
When we got to the flea market this morning we discovered
that this corner of the tarp had pulled loose. At first we thought that
wind was the cause but forensic evidence showed that rain water had collected on
the tarp and the weight had pulled the zip ties and bungee cords loose.
The loose corner was soon repaired by Lou and his help
Sell sell sell!
The bird of paradise?
With the rain Saturday morning the crowd inside was pretty
Here's Tom - W5KUB at his new inside booth!
It's Henry - WD8Q - one of our new vice presidents!
The rain has stopped and the sun is coming out! Yee
Taking a load off their feet!
This is Rob - KA5RUC
Dave - N8DRM
Wynn - W6CDR
It must be lunch time and the lunch chefs are in
Another look at the bird...
Charlie - WB8NSL is hoping his turn for lunch comes soon!
Edward - KD5JUM - another new vice president!
Another new VP - Bill - N3LLR and Tom - W3TOM
Richard - VK5UK, Brian - VK5BC, Pamela and Jo-Anne
Can you imagine being that far from home and running into someone you know?
Time for our all-you-can-eat buffet at Rob's!
Of course, the first thing N0BIX saw was Jim - WB8VSU's
Can you identify this IOOK belly? If so, send Stand -
N5JFQ and e-mail telling him who it is!
Stan's e-mail address is: email@example.com
Wow! Another really fine day! What a blast! Plus a fine feast at Rob's! Ain't life grand?
Here we are at Burkey's! Loyd - K8EI has ordered his
two breakfasts as usual!
Shaun was our waitress this morning.
Dave - N8DRM and Charlie - NN3V
Joe - N8BYT and John - N5AAA
Lou - N8KXM
Edward - KD5JUM
Chas - AI0OK and Tom - W3TOM
When we got to HamVention the first IOOK'er we saw was Jim
- WB8VSU who was volunteering for DARA today!
Sunday's special parking for the flea market IOOK!
This is ZWJ's shirt. The spots are from this
morning's chorizo sausage when one bit missed his face and landed on his
belly. The Tide stick did not remove the stains.
NN3V was convinced that the "Invisible Glass
Cleaner" would remove the stains.
They were invisible while the foam from the spray was fresh.
Alas, the stains remain!
The good news is the stain remover that was applied later at home did remove them!
Our somewhat extended booth space...
Lou is having some fun with our neighbor who sells solder,
soldering irons and such with a soldering iron from our table.
Jim is visiting with his friends who sell tools!
These are the "Very nice lady" and your new
"Friend" who was selling the Chinese knock off tablets.
Some of the tablet purchasers!
Yep! Lou is the Floor Manager in addition to all the
other things he does for the IOOK!
Chas is sporting his Yuma IOOK shirt!
Here is Jim and his latest cell phone!
Taking a load off their feet!
Charlie is playing with his new tablet...
Jim (Stoney) - WB8JIM
Loyd is getting a ride from Edward who is also volunteering
for DARA today!
Loyd is heading back to Lovettsville, VA!
Lunch time! Persimmons are being served....
Jim says "I won! I won!"
Looks like Hara's parking lot needs some attention!
Things are thinning out...
Time for Charlie to go to the airport and catch his flight
That big rusty item was part of the estate sale ZWJ is
helping with. We elected not to drag it home. This is a box by the
Notice the guy bent over the box? (Forget the
He is ready to load his new treasure into the back of his
We also threw away some books. Dumpster diver number
2 is checking it out!
He has made his selection!
This gal is digging for treasure!
The van is loaded. ZWJ is one tard dude.
Randy looks fresh as a daisy!
Now it is time to take down the tarp and put the floors on Lou's pickup.
Tarp is down. Cooler to the other van.
Loading the floors...
Lou makes this look easy but it is not! Trust me!
Securing the load...
Tarp poles and antenna stuff too!
Lou's group head towards his place and Keith's group go to his place to drop off the Maroon van and then take the Tan van to Lou's to help unload floors.
In Lou's garage unloading floors...
The floors are stored out back in an out building for the
Back at ZWJ's Fast Eddie takes a shot of the N0BIXmobile!
Time for dinner at Marion's Piazza!
Are we having fun yet?
Are we having fun yet?
Dick - W3HWN and Skip - N2FOE
Jan and Joe - N6DGY
No! It is not W1AW! It is Tom - W3TOM!
Yee haw! Pizza dinner! Wonderful!
ZWJ dealing with photos after dinner.
Stan - N5JFQ sent this via e-mail Sunday evening.
According to Stan "Headed home, but we're watching the weather closely since there are tornados again, this time in Oklahoma.
They started in Oklahoma City and passed a mile north of our house there (my daughter lives there) and now they are headed up the turnpike towards Tulsa.
We arrived in Tulsa at 6:30 pm and then Joe & Aaron had to head towards OKC with all of those colorful radar screens."
As we all know, tornadoes did strike just south of Oklahoma City.
Done for another day!
Breakfast at Rob's this morning!
Here is our splendid group of 12 for breakfast!
Last minute visiting...
It says: Hoss: As we walked by "The
Wireman" this mysterious device followed us back to the booth. We
thought you might know what it can be, plus how to use it! Get well, go
for walks, be good to Margaret, (should be Margareth) and we expect you back
here next year! 73 from the IOOK
Gold plated PL-259
Post HamVention Summary
Wow! What a weekend!
Thursday night was a fun time at the Toll House Tavern and the set up at the flea market afterwards went well!
Friday morning started off with thick fog but it turned out to be a really nice day and we really lucked out on the rain holding off until everyone had a chance to chat with Hoss via Skype! Thanks to Fast Eddie for providing us with the draft beer! Thanks to Dave for the brats! Thanks to all the folks who brought covered dishes!
Saturday morning we had to deal with rain, but, after all, it IS Dayton! Then it cleared off and got warm! Delightful!
Sunday was a bit slow but we did make sufficient sales to make staying open worth while!
We had 12 at breakfast this morning and had a great visit! Now most of the folks have headed towards home. I hope everyone has/had safe travels!
I am happy to say that, between your generous donations and the profits from the booth sales, I was able to add $60 to the flower fund this year so we are in the black!
Those of you who had cash in an envelope - the check is written and ready to be mailed.
To the best of my knowledge the only prize won by an IOOK'er was Jim - W5JCS who won one of the hourly prizes! Congratulations Jim! Also thanks to our ticket watchers AI0OK, N5AAA and W6RBM who spent their time listening for a late winner amongst the unclaimed hourly prizes!
Many thanks to our lunch chef, Charlie - NN3V and his able assistant, Dave - W8TVC!
Now I will ask for your patience as I wade through the photos collected and begin my work on the History web page. Those of you who have photos to be included, please send them ASAP!
Especially, I thank Marian - WD8CJD for all she does behind the scenes to make our Friday night "Gathering" a success as well as all the other things she does to make the weekend peachy dandy! Your kind and generous efforts are greatly appreciated!
Now, I am off to the bank to make a deposit so the checks I have written won't bounce! :-)
For those of you who were not able to make HamVention this year, you missed a dandy! What a FUN time! I hope you make it next year!
Wow! What a week it has been. I am pleased to say that we have in the neighborhood of 500 photos here! Dang! That is a bunch! Those have been gleamed from nearly 900 photos submitted by our photography crew so, yes, some did end up on the cutting room floor!
Many thanks to all the photographers: N0BIX, N5AAA, N5JFQ, N7LMJ, N8KXM, W8ED, WA8ZWJ and KD8OEA
If there are any additions/corrections/deletions needed in this web page, please do not hesitate to let me know.