Monday, November 28, 2016

Hara Arena: Selling Off the Pieces

Seats, signs, photos, sports memorabilia, tables, chairs and even chandeliers from the now-closed Hara
Hara Arena was home to the Dayton Hamvention for decades
before its closing earlier this year. Here, CQ Publisher Dick Ross,
K2MGA, and Contributing Editor Gordon West, WB6NOA,
stand in front of the CQ booth in the main arena.
Arena were auctioned off in late November by the owners of the former home of the Dayton Hamvention®. According to the Dayton Daily News, an online auction "showcasing the eclectic assortment of Hara items and memorabilia was held between November 24 and 27 for fans of the concerts, sporting events and ham radio conventions that filled the facility for six decades.

Hara Arena closed in August after a 20-year family feud that began with the 1996 passing of co-founder Harold Wampler resulted in legal battles that consumed resources needed for renovations and reorganization, according to the news report. Marketing Director Karen Wampler said the auction came in response to hundreds of requests for keepsakes from the arena and reception hall.

The 2017 Dayton Hamvention® will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in nearby Xenia, Ohio. CQ Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, has put together a video farewell to Hara which is posted on YouTube at <>.

Nominating Period Open for 2017 Hamvention® Awards

The Dayton Hamvention awards committee is accepting nominations between now and February 1 for the 2017 Hamvention awards. These include Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, Amateur of the Year and Club of the Year. 

Details on each award as well as links to official nominating forms may be found on the Hamvention website at <>.

Input Sought for New Technician Class Question Pool

Do you think the current Technician Class license exam is too easy? Too hard? Not covering topics it should be? Now's your chance to suggest changes. The Question Pool Committee of the National Council of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators is seeking input from the amateur community on recommended changes to the next Technician question pool, which will be used in exams administered between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2022. 

According to committee chair Rol Anders, K3RA, all comments and suggestions will be taken into consideration, although it may not be possible to reply to all e-mails received. Send your comments and suggested questions before April 1, 2017, to <>.