not so much for Hamvention itself, as that's always fun - but for FDIM.
For the newbies and those not familiar with QRP ..... FDIM is an acronym for Four Days In May. FDIM is a mini-convention or gathering of QRPers in advance of Hamvention. FDIM consists of an arrival greeting at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, OH on Wednesday evening, followed by forums all day Thursday. Vendor Night is Thursday evening and there are get-togethers, meals, other QRP activities and QRP fellowship that occur to fill in the gaps. Hamvention itself takes up Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. FDIM closes with the QRP banquet on Saturday evening. Pretty good summation from a guy who's never been, eh?
The last time I was to Dayton was way back in 1996. FDIM inaugurated the following year, in 1997. so I missed it by a year, basically. As I previously mentioned, it takes place at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, which is literally across the parking lot from the Homewood Suites where I used to stay the years that I did go to Hamvention. The Homewood Suites was where the AMSAT group stayed, and I was big into working RS 10/11 and RS 12/13 back in those days. (See? I have done stuff other than QRP CW operating!)
I'm getting off track here.
As part of my "QRP, You and the Great Outdoors" presentation that I gave earlier this month, I started explaining that one of the side benefits of being a QRPer is how close and tightly knit the QRP community is. FDIM would give me the chance to finally meet face to face with so many people that I have come to call friends over the years. I sorely miss the opportunity to do that, and would love to - at least just once!
Maybe, just maybe, if God is willing - next year might finally be the year. My kids are getting older and don't need Dad to be with them 24/7. If I start saving now .........
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!