Along with K5ER, WM5H, and KD5YS, we made the trek to Dayton. Brevity is the key here. We rented an Airbnb house nearby and commuted to the Hope Hotel for the contest activities (formerly held at the Crown Plaza/Radisson downtown). I can only comment on the CTU rooms and the contest super suite room. It was good.
The Green County fairgrounds @ Xenia are head and shoulders better than the Hara Arena. The only possible disadvantage is the grass infield for the flea market, which after a rain, can become quite muddy.
Contest University was informative as always, and seeing all the guys and gals on the other end of the contest QSOs is always a blast.
Eyeball Sprint contest – The most fun 5 minutes you will ever spend in a radio-related activity. Doug, K1DG tells you everything you need to know in this video clip
Contester Paul Newbury, N4PN of Macon GA, SK. Paul passed of a heart attack on 11/5/2019. He’d been active in the Nov SS CW contest this past weekend.
I met Paul on the air several years before meeting him in person at Dayton Hamvention 2007. K5ER and I were doing the Louisiana QSO Party as a rover. About 15 minutes before the contest started, I had called CQ and Paul answered. He asked what parishes we planned to activate in the 12 hours, and how much driving versus operating we were going to do. We exchange that info, and when the contest started, N4PN was the first call in the log for each parish as we drove our route. On the occassions we’d stop and set up a better antenna, Paul held the frequency for us and took lists for us; then he’d be first in the log and pass the list to us. It was a great day. I wrote about that experience in 2005: www.qsl.net/w5wz/laqp05.htm