SATERN At Dayton Hamvention®

Dayton Hamvention® will convene Friday May 19, 2017 lasting three days. This year it will be at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center (see in the photo below).

Green County Fair Grounds and Expo Center

From the Hamvention web site...

Where it all started

Since 1952 Hamvention® has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). For many years it has been the world’s largest amateur radio gathering, attracting hams from throughout the globe. About 1950, John Willig, W8ACE, had asked the Dayton Amateur Radio Association to sponsor a HAM Convention but was turned down. John wanted to have a quality affair. Speakers and prizes would be a drawing point. John finally found a champion in Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), the newly elected president of the club. A meeting was held and the DARA Board allocated $100 to get started. The first organizational meeting was held in January 1952. The Southwestern Ohio Ham–vention was born. The first committee consisted of: John Willig, W8ACE, General Chairman Al Dinsmore, W8AUN, Arrangements Bob Siff, W8QDI (K4AMG), Prizes and Exhibits Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), Publicity Bob Montgomery, W8CUJ, Finance Clem Wolford, W8ENH, Program Ellie Haburton, W8GJP (W4ZVW), Women’s Committee. The next year the name became “Dayton Hamvention®” and was registered as a trademark. April was determined to be the best time but the Biltmore Hotel, in downtown Dayton was booked. March 22 was the chosen date, causing a short lead time. How far did $100 go? Not far! A 12” TV was raffled off to help raise funds. The FCC agreed to give license exams and Phil Rand, W1BDM, a pioneer in TVI elimination was on the program. First prize, a Collins 75A2, was purchased locally.Hoping for 300 visitors, the committee was amazed that over 600 showed up! There were 7 exhibitors and 6 forums. The ladies program was successful with a luncheon at the Biltmore and a trip to a local TV station. In 1955 the Awards Program began with the “Amateur of the Year.” The Flea Market has grown from 200 to more than 2000 spaces. In 1964 the Hamvention® moved to Hara Arena. Shuttle buses and handicapped parking were added in 1969. In 1973 it became a 2 day event with Sundays added in 1974. The program has grown to a “Souvenir Program” and in 1976 the dimensions changed from 6”x 9” to the current 8–1/2”x11”.The growth of the Dayton Hamvention® can be attributed to caring, energetic people who enjoy being on a winning team.

Emergency communications groups such as ARES, RACES, MARS, CERT, SALVATION ARMY, DHS, NATIONAL GUARD, CGAUX or any groups who have a sincere interest in emergency communications are invited to display their emergency communications TRAILERS, VANS, TRUCKS or other displays at Dayton Hamvention®.

This is an opportunity to show off working units and their capabilities to the 25,000+ attendees at Hamvention®. There are many groups that are thinking about building units and would get beneficial ideas from displayed units.

Set up is on Thursday May 19, 2016. The order of arrival and parking depends on the type of displays and their size.


Once again Tim Medlin, W5KUB will stream live video of his Hamvention® trip and all the activity in Xenia, OH. You can join all the fun from your easy chair or shack by logging on to and click on the “Live Video & Chat” button at the top of the page. If his camera is live you will be able to see what is happening there as he streams it. If the cameras are not active, you can view past recordings while you wait.

BTW, this Herculean effort by Tom is not cheap. It will cost him some $3000–$4000 to put this video stream on the air. If you are so inclined, please help Tom defray the costs with your contribution. Donators will automatically be entered in a raffle for a valuable grand prize.

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