Won a price out of the blue

The Hamvention in Dayton is on again and WA5KUB‘s webcam is live!

Also this year Tom, WA5KUB can drop in his pricedraw during his live webcam transmissions on the internet. You participate in the pricedraw when you have logged in on the chatroom on the site and stay listening (or reading) in the background. (I know now)

Today (Friday Mai 14, 2010) I had a day of from the office and tuned in on the webcast. Not being in Dayton this year, I wanted to see what was going on to have some memories back from 2007 when I visited the Hamvention with my dad PA3ABH.

Suddenly my call was mentioned and people calling for me in the chatroom….. what’s up !?

Apparently I won a price! Lucky me. The drawn price happens to be a Heil Handi Mic. Great stuff. I just needed one for my new Flex 1500 SDR transceiver! Just add a cable and start transmitting I would say.

I will have to wait now for 2 parcels to arrive at my doorstep. Thanks to Bob Heil and Tom, WA5KUB.

vy 73 de Johan, PA3ANG

Ps: here you can verify this story. (9th mentioned price winner)

UPDATE (20 juli 2010) :

The parcel has arrived today.

Note: The Flex-1500 arrived a couple of weeks ago and is operational already for some time. See my blog: on the first experiences here:  http://pa3ang.nl/wp/archives/2064

The Heil Handi Mic is a HM-4 (DX Dream Machine) and was delivered complete with Kenwood  cable assembly,  windcap and two mounts. Next step is to get a RJ45 <> 4pin XLR cable to connect the Handi Mic to the Flex-1500.

The configuration with the Kenwood cable does seamless work on my Elecraft K2! So I’am a happy guy  with the price I won!

Hamvention – Dayton , 2007

PA3ABH & PA3ANG visiting the Hamvention in 2007.

Every HAM operator should visit the Hamvention once (or more) in his live. So we decided to do and hoped for good weather. It’s seems that Ohio has more rainfall then all other states in the US especially in May. Anyhow we took a plane from Amsterdam to Philadelphia en from there to Dayton.

Arriving in Philadelphia in sunsine but departing towards Dayton after heavy thunderstorns and closure of the airport. Stress all over the place but we where the lucky guys to have the last seats on an other plane, as originally planned, bringing us to Dayton.  During our stay at the airport we met already a lot of other HAM operators.

(just wear your cap and people ‘recognize’ you)

We stayed in the Howard Johnson Express Inn and had a hired car to move about.

We had on extra day before the start of the Hamvention, so we could reconocance the area and find out where to go the next day. Lot’s of impressions for to Dutch guys in the big United States.

On Friday we went up early and where amongst the first people to enter the Hara Arena. You can find pictures of our stay below in this post. Some highlights:

  • QSL Card checking
  • Nice people (and robots)
  • Great equipment on sale
  • Stange looking HAM operators
  • A lot of junk outside
  • Big hamburgers
  • A large venue inside and ouside
  • Easy to get lost
  • Very pleasent conversations
  • 90% US and just a few Dutchmen seen

To complete this blog here a short movie. On our way to the venue and listening to the local repeater.

On Sunday we went to Colombus, the capital and largest city in Ohio. A nice city but nothing to do on a Sunday morning!

The travel back to the Netherlands went more smoothly than our trip a copule of days before. We came home with a lot of new ideas and we took with us impressions of a happening every HAM operator should experience in his live.

And now the pictures …..

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