This is a question I ask of vendors I order equipment and amateur radio goodies from. You should ask the same of your vendors. If your vendors don’t support Dayton, perhaps you should consider supporting different vendors. Why, you ask? Dayton is the largest amateur radio event in the US and perhaps the western hemisphere. It’s struggled over the years. However, the visual appearance and condition of Hara Arena tends to tarnish the state of the Dayton Hamvention, in my opinion. I think the Hamvention is actually doing well. Attendance was up last year. Looking at the schedule of seminars this morning, it’s a wonderful collection of varied topics, with something for everyone. The flea market is huge and it’s exhausting to cover the entire area in the three days. If your vendor is devoted to amateur radio, they should come to the Dayton Hamvention. If they can’t make a profit attending and selling products or generating sales leads, perhaps something is wrong with their products, marketing, or business model. If a vendor devotes the time and effort to come to Dayton with products to sell, buy their warez! The Hamvention is more than a hamfest, it’s a social event, a gathering, a celebration, and an economic ecosystem for amateur radio. See you at Dayton!