So what is the idea of “Keeping to Comparative Standards” that I have set to comment about?
“Keeping to Comparative Standards” is the idea that everyone has to weigh the opportunity costs whether they attend Dayton, or whether they do something else – and that in that calculation the Hamvention needs to equal certain standards to compete against those other opportunities.
This year at the same time as Dayton was the NRA (National Rifle Association) annual show in Phoenix Arizona, a show I debated attending rather than the Hamvention.
On a “Comparative Standards” basis the NRA offered to blow away the Hamvention for a number of reasons:
- At my membership level I was afforded tickets to see the speakers & attend the high level dinners (Rank has it’s Privileges).
- Phoenix is a destination with so much to offer, specially contrasted to Dayton.
- Weather is usually stunning, though this year they were hotter than I would have liked.
- Transport is an easy direct flight in & out.
- Plenty of high quality hotel rooms available.
- A very high quality show on offer, with exceptional additional meetings.
On a “Comparative Standards” basis I nearly skipped the Hamvention excepting a few things that swayed me back to Dayton:
- Originally my Friend & Elmer George W9EVT had planned to attend.
- I wanted to do the RTTY focused portion of Contest University.
- Driving appealed as a healthier option, as I have been avoiding Commercial Air Travel.
- Two of the very big name speakers for the NRA show had to reschedule for 2010.
- The family I have who winter in Phoenix area had just left for the season, and if seemed rude to visit their winter hometown for a show, but to have not gone out to see them.
- The economic loss if I cancelled at the last moment was much less for Dayton.
- My son Tom KC9JGD had the time available & the interest to attend Dayton (though he admitted he would really like to do another NRA show.)
“Comparative Standards” is a sort of personal value calculus, where all sorts of factors get weighed back-and-forth.
It usually is a three or four way evaluation for most people with an example being something like my matrix:
- Attend Dayton Hamvention
- Attend the NRA Annual Show
- Stay Home, life as usual
- Go to Washington Island, where I can do radios & shoot
- or of course some other option I’ve not listed.
Let me say that staying at the Crown Plaza did raise Dayton’s “Comparative Standards” by a huge amount, but not by enough that I won’t struggle with the decision process for next year.