This past weekend I saw the Jurassic World movie for the first time. Just as in all Jurassic Park movies, what starts out as an exciting journey with the possibility of viewing real live dinosaurs soon turns into a disaster. In the movie, a couple of boys are sent to the park by their parents during the holidays. A dangerous new dinosaur escapes as they are riding one of the park’s exciting attractions and the characters are unaware of the danger around them. When their aunt tries to contact them using a cell phone, the signal is unreliable and the call ends up dropping. While it was a great dramatic effect for the movie, it brings to light the need for two way radio communications.
In amateur radio it doesn’t get any bigger, or any busier, than the Dayton Hamvention®. I like to call it The Big Show – it easily compares with a three-ring circus. For me, however, it’s far more than three rings!
The Hamvention® started in 1952 as the Southwest Ohio Ham-vention. There were seven exhibitors and 200 flea market spaces. Over 600 visitors turned up that first year. In 2014 the official attendance was nearly 25,000 with over 2,000 flea market spaces and hundreds of exhibitors. Operated by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, it truly is the premier gathering in amateur radio. You can find anything to do with amateur radio under the big top of the Dayton Hamvention®