Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Hamvention vs Coronavirus

As I watch the news and as a side note, I am getting very worn on hearing every detail they can pick at regarding COVID-19 anyway......Hamvention is not that far off considering all the advance planning that has to be done. As you know this is one of the largest gatherings of Amateur radio ops, SWL's and those just interested in radio communications. It is the grandstand for manufactures to release new and newly improved radio gear.  This gathering is the Meca within the radio world as we all at one time or another want to make our way to this event! On March 3rd a press release from the organizers of Hamvention was released.  Has COVID-19 changed your Hamvention plans? Now in the Hamvention press release, it said the following:

From Greene County Public Health:
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. Greene County Public Health (GCPH) is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are prepared to respond, should there be a community spread of COVID-19.  The current risk to the general public is very low. Travel advisories are in effect and can change anytime, so please see the CDC Travel Advisory webpage before travelling:
From my perspective, I am not to comforted to know that to date (as of March 3rd) there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases. Hamvention is just not made of those from Ohio but worldwide. The demographics of our hobby are not spring chickens, COVID-19 and an elderly populous gathering do not mix well. I am guessing by now my readers understand my direction for attending Hamvention this year.....BUT does it have to be cancelled or can it be possibly rescheduled? It would be nice if Hamvention had a plan "B".



4 comments:

  1. My on site camp is reserved but after tonight's (3/11/20) speech I seriously doubt it will happen this year.

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    1. Good afternoon 42wla, I am getting the same feeling after last evenings announcement.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
      73,
      Mike
      VE9KK

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  2. I am sure there is A plan A or plan B , being discussed, i wish those other options would be made public considering the traveling and accommodations involved , MANY of us have made reservations A full year in advance, and getting or updating reservations may be a great challenge considering time changes.

    73
    TOM
    WA1YNU

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    1. Good afternoon Wayne thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, I agree with an urgent timeline as to what is going on with HamVention. Now that the EU is restricted from Entering the U.S. that will cut down on attendance and some suppliers as well. Lets hope you hear soon as to what is happening either way.
      Have a nice weekend.
      73,
      Mike
      VE9KK

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