The new venue allows for both more commercial space and more flea market space which almost everyone liked. We’ve added several new commercial vendors this year. We also changed our procedures to not allow commercial vendors to operate from the flea market area. This change was welcomed by almost everyone.
Load-in & load-out is always a challenge with much to do in a short time frame. We worked thru several processes with the convention center staff to keep from blocking the doors to the loading dock and get more people moving in/out at the same time. Permitting multiple vehicles to work from the base of the ramp seemed to work well. This should allow the fastest load-in/load-out we can manage.
Having the Gator and carts to move materials also helped.
Even with the entire first floor and half of the second floor being designated as handicapped parking and with additional handicapped parking available on every floor of the parking garage, adjacent to the elevators some folks had issues finding handicapped parking. Walking the garage several times during the event we saw that most of the second floor handicapped parking wasn’t used. We will try and increase signage to this 2nd floor area.
An area for high profile vehicles has been established. Signage will be posted to direct those needing high profile parking to the area.
The 2016 outdoor flea market took lots of effort to make it happen. Less than 20 vendors took advantage of it. The rain put a damper on outdoor activities and being on the grass didn’t help. Most folks had no issues getting in or out of the wet grass. It was interesting reviewing the videos that some folks left the wet grass area with the enthusiasm of a big block 4 wheel drive mud truck in a creek bed. Regrettably construction on the new venue across the street prevents our use of the area this year.
The conflict with the Fun run route which caused many of us to not be able to get to a parking spot, preventing some from attending the event has been resolved. We’ve met with the Convention Center executives, the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau executives, and the Police Department working to have the Fun Run event moved to Sunday
The Concession Stand in the Main Exhibit Hall stayed busy, as did the Snack Bar on the 2nd Floor. The food trucks outside also saw brisk business.
For 2017, we have the meeting rooms for both Friday and Saturday, allowing us even more opportunities for presentations, meetings, testing, and classes.
We’re hams too, and enjoy a good hamfest just like you do. We will keep listening to your comments to improve the event. We want to make HAM-COM your favorite event – whether you’re a vendor, a participant, or an attendee. We sincerely appreciate your comments and suggestions on how to make the event better. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you in Irving in June!
On a more somber note, two volunteers of the HAM-COM team were lost this year. They will be missed. Richard M Phillips, Sr. – KB5YBQ and Dallas L Aslter, Jr – N5DLA.
Ham-Com Inc. Directors
Bill Nelson, AB5QZ – President
Fred Varian, WD5ERD – Vice President
Jim McClellan, N5MIJ – Director
Ham-Com Functional Directors:
Jim McClellan – Commercial Vendors
Will Davis – Indoor Flea Market
Neil Bartels – Registration
Ken Bush – Security - Volunteers
Megan McClellan – Presentations
Andy Duckworth – A/V
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