05/18/2008

Friday at Dayton Hamvention was humid, but the rain showers did little to deter the crowd. In fact, many seemed to prefer even cloudy conditions to the alternative: sun and heat.

Perhaps as a result of the rain, the indoor exhibition areas were full. At times the crowd brought back memories of Hamvention in the Hara Arena when movement was next to impossible with human traffic jams in the hallways.

The ARRL Expo had a significant number of visitors. All stands were active, with the ARRL store being particularly well attended. The participants also appreciated the ARRL phase, during which discussions were held here on a regular basis. And despite the popularity of ARRL’s log book in the world, the DXCC card reviewers were busy all day.

During the morning ARRL and the Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) of the Salvation Army team renewed that Memorandum of Understanding ((MoU) between the two organizations, outlining how they will work together on disaster and emergency response. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, signed the MoU on behalf of ARRL. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, represented SATERN at the signing and provided a copy of the MoU already signed by the Salvation Army.

Compared to previous hamventions, a record number of new amateur radio products may have been introduced this year, including new transceivers and amplifiers. In the August issue of QST we will publish a summary of the new articles that were featured this year.

You can listen to the ARRL Audio News Extra Edition podcasts recorded at Hamvention. If you are already a subscriber to the Audio News podcasts, the Extra Editions will arrive automatically today, Saturday and Sunday. If you are not a subscriber, you can listen online Here.