DX Engineering Chief Operating Officer Tim Duffy, K3LR, says he’s enthusiastic about the new Dayton Hamvention® venue at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio — both as a vendor and as an individual radio amateur. DX Engineering recently produced a short video tour of the new Hamvention location, which includes an interview with Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI.
“I can tell you that I have been hearing from all over the world a sigh of relief after [people] see the video we did at the Fairgrounds,” Duffy told ARRL. “The new venue is huge, and it is clean — it will be perfect for Hamvention.” Duffy said he likes the Greene County Fairgrounds so much that he thinks that Hamvention will be even better at its new site than it had been for the past 10 years or so at Hara Arena in Trotwood, Ohio.
Duffy, who is also ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Manager, encouraged the Amateur Radio community to support and encourage Hamvention’s sponsor — the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) as it makes the myriad arrangements for the big show. “This is a very tough job for an all-volunteer staff,” he added.
In the approximately 8-minute video, Kalter, who is DARA’s treasurer, said he was happy that Duffy, as a Hamvention vendor, could see the new venue firsthand. “We consider this a collaboration,” Kalter told Duffy. “We want everybody to be happy.”
For his part, Duffy was enthusiastic about the size of the new site. “This place is so big!” he said. The Fairgrounds covers more than 100 acres, and Duffy said he checked out every building. He told Kalter that he was impressed to see DARA volunteers showing up at the new Hamvention site every day as they prepare for their Xenia debut in 2017.
“What I saw here today — I think you’re well on your way,” Duffy told Kalter. “Things are on the right track.”
Kalter expressed the hope that DARA will be able to take Hamvention to “a whole new level” at its new location.