15. Hamvention 2018

Greetings again from Clark County, celebrating its Bicentennial and 43 days without a tornado!

Hamvention 2018 is just around the corner, and if you plan to attend it’s time to finalize your ARES wish list.  Naturally not everything you’re looking for will be for emergencies, but we’ll concentrate tonight on things that are.

Many hard-to-find batteries show up at Hamvention vendors, sometimes at better prices than other reliable sources.  If your handheld no longer lasts until the end of this net, consider replacing your pack.

All sorts of portable antennas are sold at Hamvention, including the NVIS HF antennas mentioned in one of last month’s programs.

LED lights have replaced many older flashlights and emergency lanterns, and if yours haven’t been changed over it’s time to consider doing so in Xenia.

Some Hamvention vendors in previous years have even sold emergency food rations.  While more expensive than traditional meals, it might be a good idea to obtain a few day’s worth in case another wind event takes out electricity for a week or so.

Is there anything you need to add to your shopping list?

Submitted by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV