The Experimental Aircraft Association's Fly-In Convention,
now known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, has been in existence nearly as
long as the association itself. The first gathering was in September 1953 as
a small part of the Milwaukee (Wis.) Air Pageant. That original EAA fly-in
at Wright-Curtiss (now Timmerman) Field was attended by a handful of
airplanes, mostly homebuilt and modified aircraft.
Having been interested in aviation all my life, it was natural to take flight instruction when I was able, and I earned a Private Pilot ticket in 1986. Many of my aviation friends were involved in the homebuilt movement that was founded, inspired, and promoted
by the Experimental Aircraft assocation. So I began to attend the EAA's convention in Oskosh, WI, the greatest aviation show on earth, in my opinion. I've attended nearly every year since.
Operating portable at Oshkosh was a great experience as we camped every year. Also the Fox Cities Amteur Radio Club sponsors a special event station in one of the hangars, and it
was a great deal of fun to operate with them to be accepted into their group.
Many lifelong friends have been made at Oshkosh, both aviators as well as ham radio ops.