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Author Topic: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)  (Read 270 times)

RoadSchool

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AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:37:45 AM »
I see threads for previous years but don't see any recent activity. Anyone going to Airventure in Wisconsin? Any advice from those who've been (especially since the 2011 thread)?


I am particularly worried about the availability of hook up sites if we get there the weekend before/of starting--will they be out already? I read that people arrive up to a month in advance!
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Larry N.

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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 12:55:07 PM »
Hookups are likely to be gone well before you get there, so arrive with full fresh water tank and empty holding tanks, if possible. There is a service that can come around and suck out your tanks, but I don't know what it takes to schedule such a thing. You'll probably have a choice of generator running or not allowed, and whether generator is allowed 24/7 (which is what we did) or something like 7A-10P. Also possibly choices about pets. Busses run morning 'til night through the campground, taking you to the entrance gates, and you will probably be parked in the grass (or dirt). Be aware that if you get hard rains (thunderstorms are common there), it can get muddy in many areas, and a few folks have gotten stuck trying to depart before it dried enough. Lots of friendly, helpful folks around, too.

Once inside the gates, distances can be fairly long, but trams run to and from most areas, pretty much on a rough schedule. If you have an aviation radio receiver tuned to tower, it can be quite interesting to listen to tower while watching the aircraft in the pattern.

My last trip there was in 2012 - fascinating place. Hope DW will agree to us going back soon.
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RoadSchool

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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 01:39:09 PM »
If you have an aviation radio receiver tuned to tower, it can be quite interesting to listen to tower while watching the aircraft in the pattern.
Thank you so much!!

I sent my husband info on getting his HAM license. I'm surprised he doesn't yet have one and think he can pass the test with the least study and time. The page recommended a cheap Baofeng radio but I'll ask him to look at frequencies and consider air traffic as well. Much appreciated (that and the camping advice!)
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Larry N.

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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 02:15:26 PM »
For 2 meters and 70 cm, the Baofeng radios are not bad. I have a couple of them (among others), and they do mighty well, for being so inexpensive. And I use CHIRP software (with a programming cable of course) to program them from the PC, it's much easier than doing it manually on the keyboard. Of course that doesn't do much for HF, but it can be a place to start.

The Baofengs don't cover the aviation band, though. Some of the more expensive Yaesu, Kenwood and Icom radios do so, or there are various handheld scanners available. My favorite is the Sporty's JD-100 handheld scanner from Sporty's Pilot Shop, but it appears they've been discontinued -- still, there might be some used ones fairly cheap somewhere.
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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 02:27:56 PM »
The Baofengs don't cover the aviation band, though. Some of the more expensive Yaesu, Kenwood and Icom radios do so....
He's on the phone looking at precisely those right now. I'll forward all the info. Thanks!!
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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 03:36:09 PM »
I wish I was going...does that count?

It's been a few years since I've been.  Never in the RV, though I'd love to.
My first trip ever up there was sometime in the late 1990's.  i tent camped by myself for I think it was 8 nights, maybe 9.  Got there a few days before official opening.  great time. Got lucky with a site right next to the gate close to the red barn.  It's where the flymarket is now, they've moved the fence out.  The only thing that would have been better was to be in the shade, but those sites were long gone....
Going early is worth it if you can.

Been back for a few day trips though, staying at a relative's lake house on Green Lake, very close but staying off site is not the same. Not even close.

Sun n Fun in FL is similar but significantly smaller.  Still, it's fun.  It's closer for me, so I've visited that much more.  Couple times in a tent..in fact it was there in my tent that I committed to going to Oshkosh that same year.  A couple times in the RV, and lots of day trips in...  I love taking my rv down.  So far it's just me, the family hasn't come along when I've taken the RV
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Ernie n Tara

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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2018, 09:44:32 AM »
Just off site is Sleepy Hollow rv park/farm which has full hook ups. We've stayed there twice for periods of four/five  days and enjoyed it a bunch. Nothing in the world like Oskosh!

Ernie
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RoadSchool

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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2018, 10:19:50 AM »
My husband just got his technician's license! And the Baofeng is on its way. The cheapest radio that also covered the aviation frequencies was $170 so we're splitting the functionality between two radios for cost savings right now. So we'll have Wi-Fi, CB, HAM, and aviation radios.

I thought we were supposed to become sort of unconnected unsocialized people if we traveled. ;) lol!!

I wish I was going...does that count?
Sun n Fun in FL is similar but significantly smaller.  Still, it's fun.  It's closer for me, so I've visited that much more.  Couple times in a tent..in fact it was there in my tent that I committed to going to Oshkosh that same year.  A couple times in the RV, and lots of day trips in...  I love taking my rv down.  So far it's just me, the family hasn't come along when I've taken the RV
It absolutely counts! :D

I hadn't heard of Sun N Fun. I'll check it out! Maybe we'll meet up there one day!

I feel like Airventure must be one of those places you have to experience first to figure out the lay of the land, making a second trip more productive.

Just off site is Sleepy Hollow rv park/farm which has full hook ups. We've stayed there twice for periods of four/five  days and enjoyed it a bunch. Nothing in the world like Oskosh!

Ernie
50+ year EAA member (99119)
Thank you!!

When I get home I'll look at your profile to see if you have your flying/plane/builds info on it! :)
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Re: AirVenture 2018 (Oshkosh, WI)
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2018, 08:44:56 AM »
I lied, Sleepy hollow is electric and water.

Ernie
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2011 Winn Journey 34y
2012 Jeep Rubicon - Dozer (orange - kinda)
2006 Jeep Wrangler