Posted Friday, May 24th
As usual, Jim - W5JCS sent along a photo of his HV ticket
far in advance of HamVention!
Here is a sample of the Flea Market type ticket and the non
Flea Market type ticket.
Here's what a Flea Market vehicle pass looked like this
In anticipation of Fast Eddie - W8ED coming to set up the
"FLOW" on Wednesday, Keith got the fridge in place on the porch.
Ah, the new IOOK sign is up by the road!
Awards are done and ready to be handed out...
Also, the latest batch of IOOK Wear orders have been picked
up and sorted!
John - N5AAA and Tom - W3TOM arrive around 9AM to do some
computer related updates to a new radio set up of Tom's that John is familiar
They are getting started...
Around 11:30 AM Fast Eddie - W8ED arrives and he and Keith
- WA8ZWJ head out to pick up the pickup truck that we borrowed from Ron -
When we got back Ed starts work to set up the beer fridge
and create flow...
We have flow!
It's a bit foamy but it tastes great!
We heard that Bill - WZ1L's flight was delayed so we delayed going to lunch in hopes that he will be able to join us. Well, it turned out that he had several other plane related problems and his flight was delayed again and again. We finally went to a late lunch and then headed to Fast Eddie's to load the floors in the pickup.
Here's Lou - N8KXM!
Securing the floors so they don't move around...
Securing the floors so they don't move around...
Here is our floor loading team!
N5AAA, N8KXM, W3TOM, W8ED & WA8ZWJ
Tom and John are making progress. Look at all the
wires it takes to connect things together!
N0BIX is making progress!
Bob - N0BIX finally arrives around 4:15 after some traffic
snarls that delayed his progress!
The early birds gather at Company 7 BBQ for dinner around 5:30 PM.
Here are Marian - WD8CJD and Sandi.
Carole, Jan - KA9VQS and Debbie - KA3VNF
Gene - K8OW and John - N5AAA
Bob - N0BIX and Lou - N8KXM
Tom - W3TOM, Keith WA8ZWJ and Dave - WB8WIQ
Bruce - W6RBM
Bill - WZ1L has finally arrived in Dayton and has come to
the house to join the guys for the IOOK 40 Meter Wednesday evening net!
ON THE AIR!
Tom and John continue with their efforts. They
finally finish up around 8:30 PM.
The gang gathers for Thursday breakfast before going in to set up.
WA8ZWJ, N0BIX, W6RBM, WZ1L & W8ED
WZ1L & W6RBM
N0BIX & W8ED
John - KD8AIZ, one of the HamVention volunteers.
Lou manages to accidentally do a balancing act with the
Once the floors are in place we position the van and place
the antenna holder under the tire.
Then we start working on assembling the canopy.
Beginning to erect the antenna...
It is up in the air with our IOOK flag on the antenna!
Set up group photo!
Bill - WZ1L went inside and caught Tom - W5KUB setting
Then N0BIX and ZWJ head to the grocery to pick up stuff for
Then N0BIX slipped off to Camp IOOK!
Dinner this evening was at the Toll House Tavern!
Joe - N8BYT points out that the dining room is reserved for
Joe, Lew - KC4US, Lou - N8KXM, John - N5AAA & Jan
Dave - W8TVC, Chas - AI0OK, John - KF8KK & Mike -
Charlie - NN3V and Joe - N8BYT
Dave - K3CRF
Dave's friends Jim, Kathy and Bill
Tad - KC5DPT & Ron - NA6RS
Bruce - W6RBM & Gene - K8OW
Kevin - KK6FRK
Darell - WA3OPY and Jim - W5JCS
Max - K1MAX and Bill - WZ1L
Here are a few shots to show how well we filled up the
Tad and his friend Tyler - KL7TN
Marian - WD8CJD and Sandi
Here's a look back two years ago when Bill - WZ1L was
arriving at HamVention in Xenia for the very first time...
Here's a series of shots showing who all joined us for breakfast Friday morning.
NN3V, N5AAA & N8KXM
WZ1L & KK6FRK
W6RBM & WB8RRQ
NA6RS & AI0OK
Somehow, Keith forgot to get a photo of himself.
There were 17 of us that morning!
Then it was time to head to the flea market.
Don - KE8NK and Charlie - WB8NSL had arrived from West
Don and Charlie set up next to our three spaces in the two
spaces they had reserved.
Tad - KC5DPT
Fast Eddie caught this shot of WA8ZWJ and W5JCS...
David - KE8KEF
David is a former student of ZWJ's...
K8LMJ & KF8KK
N8BYT with Flat KBob in the background and NN3V on the
Charlie - WB8NSL and Dave - W8TVC are visiting in Don -
KE8NK's booth next to ours!
Here's Don - KE8NK!
Jim - W5JCS went inside and snapped this shot.
Glenn - W8AK
Fast Eddie took this shot of Tom - W5KUB's place inside...
Joe, KC4US & K9XA
Our lunch chef NN3V with his able assistant KK6FRK...
"Persimmons are being served on the veranda!"
Max - K1MAX is enjoying his IOOK lunch!
And so is Lou - N8KXM...
Here's Dave - K3CRF...
While we were having lunch in the flea market, Bob - N0BIX broke away and went to West Milton to meet up with the gals.
Marian - WD8CJD, Jan - KA9VQS, Sandi & Debbie - KA3VNF
Here's Bob's lunch!
Back at HamVention...
Looks like a pretty good crowd for just after lunch on
Charlie shared this shot with us...
OK! We closed the flea market space at 5PM and headed towards the Farley Flophouse South for the 38th Gathering Of The Faithful!
As soon as ZWJ arrives he establishes flow for the guys!
Here's a look at the APRS activity in the area on ZWJ's
APRS station in the basement.
Don says "Cheers!"
Dave - W8TVC is preparing Brats for the gang!
Time for some more beer...
K1MAX & KF8KK
Hmm, it looks like some of the guys are getting caught up
on some phone activity!
N8KXM & N0BIX
N5AAA, N8LIS, N0BIX & K9XA
The meal has been blessed and it is time to line up to get
Our hostess Marian - WD8CJD!
Kristen - K6WX and Tom - W3TOM
Looks like these guys are done eating! Riley - K4ZDH
and Bill - WZ1L
Here are a few shots showing some of the parking at the
Farley Flophouse South!
Don - KE8NK (Da Bear) is reading "Da Bear's Candle Lighting
Ceremony" to honor our IOOK Vice Presidents who have passed on...
Before the handing out of the awards, Keith gave the gang a
bit of an IOOK History lesson.
KC4US receives his 20 Meter net check in award and K1MAX
gets runner up.
Bill - N8TQ, Max - K1MAX and Riley - K4ZDH
K1MAX receives his 40 Meter net check in award and KF8KK
gets runner up.
Don - KE8NK and Charlie - WB8NSL are recognized for their
continued support of the 80 Meter CW Net.
Chas - AI0OK and John - KF8KK are being recognized for
"Taking The IOOK To Heart"!
Mike - K8LMJ was last year's winner of the Hall Of Fame
Award and is preparing to hand out this year's award.
WE HAD A TIE!
Tom - W3TOM and Fast Eddie - W8ED are both being inducted
into the Hall Of Fame! Congratulations!
Jan - KA9VQS is also voted in for a special Hall Of Fame
We had a smaller group this morning at breakfast!
WZ1L & NA6RS
N8BYT & NN3V
WB8VSU & N8KXM
KA9VQS & N5AAA
AI0OK & WA8ZWJ
In the flea market Kevin catches up on some work...
Fast Eddie has brought a battery so we can get the portable
repeater on the air. We discovered on Friday that the old battery was
Fast Eddie is hooking it up!
With that we were ON THE AIR!
N0BIXie is getting ready to catch his shuttle bus!
N8BYT is telling a whopper!
Jan's ear is getting tugged on by Charlie!
Don is ready to make a sale!
Someone caught a photo of WA8ZWJ in front of our booth!
Here's Bob - N0BIX!
Bob's brother Randy - KL7RF has sent along some patches and
mug rugs that he and his wife are making.
Wanna place an order?
Don is making a sale!
Bob - N0BIX goes inside and finds John and Jan!
Charlie joins them!
Then Bob saw Tom - W5KUB at his booth.
Joe - WA5FLT
Ed - KD5JUM
How is this for a catchy hairdo?
Hmm, it looks like Bob got a picture of Keith taking his
Jim - W5JCS took this selfie shot of himself with Fast
N5AAA - KA9VQS & WB8NSL
Stephen - KC9EKU & John - KA8ZSB
"Persimmons are being served on the veranda!"
Lunch chef and assistant at work! Thank you!
John - W9KD
Wil - WB5YFX
John – W8RXX, who is the Ohio OO coordinator, and his XYL
Bill - WZ1L says "Jet Jurgensmeyer, KE0UWZ, from Last
Here's a look at the Icom drawing Saturday afternoon!
Don and Charlie have packed up. It will be a
"wait and see" for them for Sunday.
A better look at Kevin's Boy Scout stuff...
It is Bruce's turn to tell a whopper!
Dinner this evening was at Rob's in Brookville!
K6WX, WZ1L, W9KD, WB8NSL, KE8NK & AI0OK
WB8VSU, KK6FRK, NN3V & W3TOM
W3TOM & KA3VNF
WA8ZWJ & WD8CJD
WD8CJD, W6RBM & N8BYT
WB8YFX, N0BIX & KD5JUM
WA5FLT, N5AAA, KA9VQS & Gail
Jim, Kathy & W8ED
K3CRF & Bill
Fast Eddie's family have arrived!
The Sunday breakfast gang...
NA6RS & N8BYT
WB8VSU & AI0OK
After breakfast we headed to the flea market...
We are set up and ready to sell!
Wil - WB5YFX
Do you want a beer?
Bill - WZ1L says "Heil Sound Booth!"
Bill - WZ1L says "David Sumner, K3ZZ, Ex-CEO ARRL - He
and I have known each other for years!"
Fast Eddie caught this shot of Joe - K0NEB with the
Then Fast Eddie went inside and caught this shot...
Joe - KD8GIL
Jim - W5JCS caught this shot of Bill - WZ1L inside!
Jim also had this shot taken. Here is what he had to say about this shot...
"The photo with Mr. Jue, owner of MFJ, includes Joe - K0NEB, Joseph - WA5FLT, Myself, Jim - W5JCS, and Mr. Jue."
As you can see it was kind of breezy Sunday!
W6RBM & WB8VSU
We actually sold pretty well on Sunday. My guess is it is because there were not that many places open to sell!
About 1PM we started tearing down our flea market space.
WB8VSU, N8BYT & W8ED are folding up the tarp.
As we were moving the canopy we had a major downdraft which
cause several of the pipes to get bent.
Fast Eddie says he will be able to straighten them.
We are all loaded up! It is time to head to Fast
Eddie's to unload.
We are now at Fast Eddie's
Here's a look at Fast Eddie's family!
The floors are stored away for another year! Yee haw!
Many thanks to Fast Eddie - W8ED for storing the floors!
Keith taking a picture of John taking a picture...
Then we head to the Farley Flophouse!
Before too long it is time to head to Marion's Piazza for dinner!
Here's Fast Eddie and family...with Bill - WZ1L in the
Madison , Sandi, K8OW, N0BIX, KA9VQS, N5AAA
AI0OK, K6WX, NN3V & N8BYT
It must be NN3V's turn to tell a whopper!
KA3VNF, W3TOM & WD8CJD
We are back to Rob's for breakfast before a lot of folks head out of town.
Here are John and Jan walking in from their camper.
Here's John and Jan's camper.
Chas and Bill! They were the early birds!
Fast Eddie has arrived!
Here's Lou and Sandi!
Here's a couple group shots...
WZ1L, WD8CJD, KA9VQS, N5AAA, W8ED, Sandi, N8KXM, N0BIX,
WA8ZWJ & AI0OK
N0BIX caught a few shots as they all got on the road...
Lou and Sandi are on the road!
John and Jan are on the road!
Heading west out of Ohio!
Y'all come back now! Hear?
Posted Monday, May 20th...
HamVention 2019 Note…
let me say how great it was to see so many of you during HamVention this past
weekend! What a great time!
That is the best part of any of our getting together!
what I have heard on the local news, HamVention was quite well attended.
They said more than 30,000 people were in attendance.
Sales on Friday were rather slow in my humble opinion. Saturday
was better sales wise. Sunday
sales were actually better for the stuff I was trying to move!
I think one of the reasons Sunday sales were so good was because a lot of
other folks had closed up and at least we were open for people to look and buy!
I came home with 2 empty tubs and several empty cardboard boxes!
were VERY fortunate with incredible weather!
What rain we did get happened during the night so it did not conflict
with our activities! We did have a
small weather related mishap as we were tearing down early Sunday afternoon when
a sudden hard downdraft of wind caused the canopy pipes to get bent in several
places as we were moving it to be disassembled!
Fast Eddie says he will be able to straighten them without too much
– K8EI’s idea about making a list of expenditures and such that he came up
with a couple of years ago has worked again!
We were able to come with an appropriate donation amount for each of the
folks attending. Due to your kind
and generous donations plus the sales we made,
all expenses have been met and our flower fund is again solvent!
Truly, we are blessed!
those of you who were unable to join in the fun this past weekend, we all hope
that you start planning now for your trip to the Dayton HamVention next year!
began working on the photos from HamVention today.
As soon as I can manage it I will post them to the IOOK web page.
Bob will be working on the photos for the DVD.
If you have any photos you would like to share please send those to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that
Juno can’t handle files larger than 5 Megs so you may need to send multiple
e-mails. Please be patient!
thanks to Charlie – NN3V for his fantastic chef abilities to provide us with
great lunches in the flea market! Also
a special Thank You to Joe – N8BYT who served as his stand in on Sunday!
year’s IOOK Hall Of Fame Award was presented to both Fast Eddie – W8ED and
Tom – W3TOM because the voting ended up in a tie!
Also Jan – KA9VQS was also inducted into the IOOK Hall Of Fame by a
unanimous vote of all present for having been the hostess of so many of the
Indianapolis Hamfest related activities over the years!
Congratulations to all of you!
would seem that several Vice Presidents encountered many issues with their trips
to and from HamVention again this year. UGH!
best part of an event like this is the fun and fellowship of this incredible
group! Many thanks to all of you for
making this a wonderful HamVention!
also want to say a special thank you to all the IOOK’ers who helped make set
up, tear down and everything in between go smoothly!
Keith – WA8ZWJ