The recent QSO Today virtual event was premised on the idea that a ham will give up their time and will pay their money to receive immediate access to special deals and the latest information.
There is a certain part of this value proposition that is valid. A run to Dayton costs you time and money for sure.
But like so many of us, I personally wasn’t willing to give up a weekend to watch ham radio stuff while discounting the reality going on around me.
When you go to Dayton the displacement from you usual nurtures participating in the event.
When you are at home your real life doesn’t retreat. Usually you know the consequences of ignoring the reality around you – wife gets mad, dishes pile up, the dog howls to be let back in, the snow needs shoveling, and somehow those vendors & restaurants that feed you a a hamfest didn’t show up for you virtual event.
Nobody buys you a beer, whispers check out the Brand-X booth’s prototypes or will haggle with you when you want to new code keys so you can gift one to a friend.
The virtual event offers fractional experience while still expecting a heavy time demand and as of this year an entrance fee.
Perhaps I have arrived at a point of life where a bit of quiet, solitude and focus are appreciated. If I buy a Sunday newspaper I throw out the huge wad of ads because I value my time more than any discount on frozen chicken tenders at some grocery store I never go to anyway would save me.
Remember the choice to give up a weekend and spend the money is irreversible, where the choice to sit it out until later is not an absolute, as I can reverse much by either buying a late ticket to watch the materials during the embargo month, asking the manufacturers/presenters directly for it, or participating vicariously through others reporting on the event. While I cannot retrieve the immediacy of attending at the moment, everything else is reversible.
Personally again I favor the reversible over the irreversible whenever there is a bias in decision making of a risk of significant lost time.
Harvesting the materials later also lets the quality filter of attendee’s responses vet what I spend time on later.
And I don’t have to sit around while the presentation team’s techies try to fix the technical flaws.
Again paying the ten bucks is only annoying (unless they agree to not sell my information to advertisers, the payment will result in spam emails) but the gamble that my time would or wouldn’t be well spent is the real issue.