We left Pennsylvania around 9:30PM on Tuesday night, leaving right after Paul’s (N0KIA) excellent hands-on presentation about oscilloscopes.
This would be my first trip running the FTM-350 with APRS. I spent most of my day Saturday, prepping the Durango… getting the Yaesu wired and configured, and getting the Sirius satellite antenna and receiver mounted. It was all well worth the effort. It was a joy to listen to JamOn for most of the trip, driving to Phish, moe, and Umphrey’s McGee to name a few!
We arrived in Dayton at 6:30AM. We called during the night to check on room availability. We were excited to find out that our room was empty and we could check-in early. Big Kudos to the Hawthorne Suites and staff. This is my third Hamvention staying at this location, and I have always been extremely satisfied with the accommodations and service. I hate giving away this secret as it always a great deal… a huge two bedroom penthouse suite, free wifi, continental breakfast, and priced right. It is a bit further from Hara Arena then some other accommodations, but I like the location.
As soon as we got in the room, I unpacked, whipped out the Macbook and checked aprs.fi to see how well we tracked. I was pleasantly surprised with a really quality set of packets, considering the desolate areas of western PA that we had traversed.
It’s time for a nap. I will be video taping and blogging during my entire trip, so check back for updates.