Hi there. Happy to hear you will be in the area for the NTS here in Seattle.
1) The BYOZ is for people attending the NTS that want to show their portable
Z scale layouts, but without having to reserve space with the NTS. As such,
you will need to pay and register as an NTS attendees and carry in your
layout under your arm. Once inside, you can come to the SW corner for the
building to booth 873 and check in with Jim Glass (or the volunteer working
the area). If for some reason, you can't carry in your layout, come inside and
talk to Jim Glass at the booth....remember the 2x4' size restriction.
You can look at the BYOZ article (also published in Z-Track a few issues ago)
for guideline and rules. Basically, you show up
and see if there is space to show on the tables we provide. If so, you can sit
down for a couple of hours and show. We provided AC Power. Every two
hours we check to see if anyone is waiting to show, if there isn't, you can stay
another 2 hours...etc. Since we don't know how many people will be coming
and at what time, it's all dynamic. While we have done this before, there are
always surprises...both good and bad...just show up, pay to get in, and
wonder over...we have space for around 6 layouts at any one time.
2) I don't know what diner events for Z Scalers have been set up. Again, show
up and we'll tell you what we know. Terry Sutfin generally puts something
together for Z scalers...just a trip for pizza some evening. Again, just show up
and learn...z scalers tend to be "agile" (at least those of us in the software
BTW, If you want to contact Jim Glass during the show, just call his Cell
number at 524 829 7456. If you want to talk to me, my number during the
show will be 206-719-5931
--- In email@example.com, "elf_rohirrim" <elf-rohirrim@e...> wrote:
> This question is (probably) mostly for Tom G in Seattle, but as others
> might be interested in his answers, I am posting it here.
> As I plan on being at the Seattle NMRA show on Saturday/Sunday:
> 1) How does one get in with a BYOZ layout? Any special enterance
> to use? Any special place to park (so one doesn't have to carry stuff
> too far)? Any details / info would be appreciated.
> 2) I have heard that in the past there has been a dinner for Z-attendees
> one of the evenings. Is something like that planned or contemplated?
> I expect to get to the convention center about 11am on Saturday with
> my small table top winter/christmas layout. I plan to be there all day
> and to return on Sunday for the whole day.
> Any one else bring a BYOZ layout or module? I know the BYOZ space is
> intended to be less formal than other displays, but by now... do we know
> who else and how many layouts / modules might be present (in the BYOZ
> area only -- not counting those who have registered specific layouts in
> specific numbered areas)?
> Looking forward to seeing everyone.
> I'll be wearing a cap with a brand new -- and very well done -- ZTrack
> patch. (THANKS Fred!)