What's the FRS banquet at Dayton like?

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Hello, as a relatively new Flex owner I've never attended the Flex Dinner at Dayton. What's it like? What are the presentations like -- things I can't get anywhere else? Is it worth the $$ to attend? I realize these questions will generate subjective responses, but I'd like to hear some opinions before signing up. Thanks.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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1) an opptunity to meet some of the staff of FRS.
2) an opportunity to meet some of the other Flex users, Elmers, and Alpha testers.
3) presentations about topics of interest to the Flex Community. Last year it was about the history and background of the development of Flex radio. Another year, Steve detailed the inner workings of the 6000.
4) introduction and first look at new equipment and planned development.
5) info from prominent contesters or DXers about how to best use the Flex for those purposes. One year was about the Palmyra DXpedition.
6) awards given to helpful me,beers of the Community, and some door prizes given. (I think someone won a Maestro last year?)

I don't know what details have been released publicly this year, but it should be fun. The fellowship and presentations are probably a better value than the food itself. But that is the way with most such gatherings. I enjoyed it last year. But missed the year before. I hope to go this year, but my calendar is uncertain at the moment.

Ken - NM9P
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Ken, you had me at # 6 -- "Awards given to helpful me, beers ..." !! Gave me a good laugh. So much so that I'm going to attend just so I can meet you in person!
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Oops...iPad auto-corrupt strikes again! Should be "members." What is funnier is, I am a pastor and non-drinker! You have a beer and I'll have a diet sprite! Hope to be able to meet you. Just look for the fat guy with a goofy face.....wait...that describes about half of the Hamvention crowd!
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Now we all know who to go to for free drink tickets ;-)
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@Joe KK9TT - I've both enjoyed and learned much at the Dayton FRS  Banquets I've attended. 

I would be way cool to hear how Flexing from Road has worked for you?  It is that sort of thing that makes the events special.

Dayton Banquets are not much about anything more than the people you meet - the rest is just window dressing.

Hope you are there!

@Ken NM9P - Cool typo!  Bringing Smiles out!  I'll spot you your first Diet at the dinner!

73

Steve K9ZW

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"Is it worth the $$ to attend?"


Absolutely. I've attended two, and if I ever get to Ohio again it will be the first thing I book. Yes, there's the great technical information you can only get from a realtime forum like Dayton (Xenia) but it's all about the people you meet - the Flex Staff and fellow Flex users.


And there's a bonus this year. You will be garanteed a meal! Just kidding
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This will be my first time attending the flex forum but I will be happy to meet the Flex folks and the flex users I've chatted with here and on air. 

As far as "me beers" go, I'd rather have wine but beers wouldn't be a problem. 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I know we can accommodate the wine drinkers too.
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Food is very good and line goes fast. Good time had by all.
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Which night is the Flex Dinner this year?  I'll be coming in Thursday morning.   I'm locked into two other dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.

TU....Fred, WW4LL
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Thank you Bill.  I'll book for Thursday night.

73'..Fred
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I'm undecided on whether I want to do one or both nights as Saturdays I'm usually at the other suites. But I figure I could always go to the flex events then head to the others afterward.