Who is going?
Attending Thursday Banquet?
Attending Saturday Banquet?
What are your hoping to see FRS introduce?
For my part I've George W9EVT (he has a Flex-6300 and a Maestro in his mega-shack) riding shotgun and with our wives will be at both Banquets. I'm looking forward to seeing the PowerGenius XL in the flesh, and hope to see a new version of SmartSDR.
I'll hedge my prediction on SmartSDR with the possibility of seeing another Public Beta or if the WAN ready version 2.0 is not ready, then perhaps a significant version 1.x upgrade.
Wondering if the SO2R/SOxR box we've seen as a prototype will return?
As much of FRS hardware has had a deposit taking process, wouldn't be surprised to see some new offering shown as a prototype that will have us all scrambling to get the lowest order number possible. As for what, that would be pure speculation from where I am, so I'll just wait and see.
Hope to see a lot of you there!
The sad part of attending ham events, is seeing the attendee or photographs of the conventions.
Check this website and see the photos from Visalia's attendants: and you'll properly agree to my conclusion.
"Bob, N6TV, has shared his album of pictures from the 2017 International DX Convention in Visalia, California."
After seeing the large number of photographs that N6TV posted. It is rather sad to see the number of radio amateur that are passed their prime (including me) and the number of younger hams are but a few!
No wonder, that the number of manufacturers of amateur radio equipment is dwindling to a point that is not profitable to stay in business.
In another word; when you start knocking or complaining about a company or the others: You may be cutting your future manufacturer of ham radio gear.
Been going most years since 1961 to the Hara Pigsty just to view the next rendition of the Sewage Volcano.
But the Move to XENIA Cow Sheds was highly disappointing when clearly they had better options. Speaking to vendors, there is about 1/2 the inside exhibit space compared to the pigsty. So many of the vendors will be outside in tents.
Compared to other Hamventions I usually go to every year like Visalia, Friedrichshafen and Tokyo which are in real professional class Convention Centers I am not real excited about Cow Sheds in the middle of the rust belt.
Frankly the sooner Dayton dies a natural death and is replaced by a more modern and inviting venue the better
Originally I wasn't going to be able to attend except for Saturday mid-day, but my wife's other commitments changed and I have Thursday night back in my schedule. Already told ARRL I wouldn't be to their donor banquet and my old Drake 6 meter contest crew is a conflict for Saturday.
So, Thursday it is!
Same feeling here. I always fly into Cincinnati/Covington then spend Friday in Dayton and maybe a couple hours in the AM on Saturday. The remaining time is spent in Cincinnati, one of my favorite U.S. cities. If it wasn't for my stay in Cincy, I would not attend Dayton.
I was hoping the venue would have changed to Cincy, but the organizers had their reasons. Howard made a good point about the agricultural fair setting. It will be interesting to see how many folks from DX countries attend in the coming years if the venue in Xenia remains the same.
Next year, Visalia then I'll try Freidrichshafen.
I like hearing presentations and insights from experts, Q&A sessions, and meeting the names behind the logos and the articles. Visiting association, special interest and vendor booths is interesting as an activity between sessions - I always have a shopping list for new gear, but I'm not spending time and money for travel to save 10 cents on a connector. I especially enjoy seeing innovative new products.
Having a show organizer with a venue supporting the above, in a travel time friendly location with great restaurants, sightseeing and weather gets my vote.
I'm going to Dayton again this year, but the move to Xenia makes its seem it is more focused on the cheap-o flea market aspect than the stuff that interests me.
Without any discussion or insider's knowledge, I have since the Flex-6000 was announced made predictions, often a couple weeks before Dayton.
Here is my 2017 guesses:
If you want to skim over my original predictions from 2012 this link is really the easiest:
Forgot to mention that our group is staying at the Hilton Garden.
Doing both the Contest/DX Focused FlexRadio System Banquet Thursday and also the General/New Product Demo FlexRadio System Banquet on Saturday.
You will find us at the Collins Collectors Association Banquet Friday night.
Again here is a link to my predictions for FRS related introductions for Hamvention 2017: Hamvention 2017 – FlexRadio Systems SmartSDR Product Launches – Predictions! - https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/hamvention-2017-flexradio-systems-smartsdr-product-launches-pr...
What are yours?
I hope to see a major ssdr release this week which brings features like squelch on ssb, improvements to noise reduction, performance improvements resulting from the second round Sherwood tests, and some increased integration for my 4o3a 2x8 antenna genius switch within ssdr. I can happily wait for 2.0 if we get a major 1.9.x release.
On the hardware side the recent discounts on 6000 radios has made me think that perhaps a new 6900 will be announced - I have sat on my hands just in case this happens rather than order a 6700 to replace my 6300 for so2r contesting. In my ideal world a 6900 would have some more flexible features for vhf split tx and rx into different single band antenna systems, with audio mixing within ssdr rather than having to use external relays and splitters. Alternatively I would like to see the launch of the planned so2r add on box for the 6300 for so2r, although I have concluded some time ago that a 6700 or 6900 with dual or triple scu is probably required for what I want to do on lf hf and vhf contesting.
Looking forward to hearing news this week and hoping for some nice new features to try out in the next few days.
Steve gw0gei / gw9j
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