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Future Hamvention® Dates
Outbound Shipping Services
Special Event Station
Past General Chairmen
The Official Hara Arena web site:
The physical address for GPS use is:
1001 Shiloh Springs Road
Dayton, OH 45415
(Caution, many GPS units are innaccurate for this address.)
For Lat/Long Navigation Use:
Flea Market - firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers - email@example.com
General Information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside exhibits - email@example.com
Media - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticketing information - email@example.com
Website - firstname.lastname@example.org
Forums - email@example.com
International Relations - firstname.lastname@example.org
Attn: Inside Exhibits
Dayton, OH 45401-1463
Attn: Flea Market
Dayton, OH 45401-1466
Dayton, OH 45401-1446
Attn: ADA Parking
Dayton, OH 45401-1446
For any other Hamvention Committee:
Attn: (Committee you wish to contact)
Dayton, OH 45401-0964
For directions and assistance in the Dayton Area during your visit to Hamvention®, contact "Talk-In" on the DARA Repeater 146.94 (-), alternate 146.64 (-). Dayton Hams also monitor 223.94 (-)and 442.1 (+). MIDCARS will again monitor and provide travel assistance on 7.258 MHz.Talk-In will start on Thursday at 0500 and will be 0500-2100 Thursday, Friday, & Saturday and 0500-1300 on Sunday.. There is one receive site on the 146.940 that does not use PL, but the one closest to the arena does use a 123.0 PL and will help you access the repeater. The 146.640 does require PL 123.0.
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.
***Schedule for forums will be posted on the forums page when completed.***
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open. Forums and scheduled bus service available (all buses are scheduled to pick up passengers to arrive at HARA by 8 AM). Programs available at all ticket selling points.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open, prizes on display, hourly drawings.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open. Bus service available.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open, forums, exams, scheduled activities.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Hourly prize drawings.
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Outside Exhibits open.
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bus service available.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Inside Exhibits open; prizes on display.
9:00 a.m. - noon. Hourly prize drawings.
9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Forums and scheduled activities.
1:00 p.m. Prize Drawings: unclaimed hourly prizes followed by main prizes.
The future dates for Hamvention are:
May 16, 17 and 18, 2014
May 15, 16 and 17, 2015
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016
The four Hamvention® Information Booths in the Hara Arena lobby, East Hall, Conference Center and Ballarena will accept lost items. To retrieve lost items, please go to the information booth in the Hara Arena lobby.
Hamvention has had a UPS Store on the premises at Hara Arena for several years. This year, the UPS Store will be located in the North Hall in Booths NH0165 and NH0166. They will provide packaging and shipping services.
Special Event Station
Hamvention® will broadcast to the world via the Special Event Station W8BI in the Ball Arena. The station will be operating during the hours of the inside exhibit area. Frequencies (+/- QRM) will be:
40M - 7.227/7.050
20M - 14.270/14.050
10M - 28.470/28.050
443.775/448.775 ILRP Node 4267
Times 0900-1800 EDT Friday & Saturday and 0900-1100 EDT Sunday. CW will be tried on the hour as conditions permit. The station will have a paddles for CW.
The special event station will be utilizing TEN-TEC Omni VII radios this year.
QSLs and certificates, please provide Self-addressed and stamped 8x11 envelope.:
PO Box 44
Dayton, OH 45401
John Willig, W8ACE
Rudy Plak, W8ZOF (W6TIK)
Frank Schwab, W8YCO (W8OK)
Ed F. Bonnet, W8OVG
Joseph McNutt, W8GFN
Sheemon Wolfe, W8WJL
Edgar Smith, W8RKL
Robert Wilcox, K8EJ
Jack Ohmart, K8CUA
Kenneth Mills, W8RLY
George Shearer, WA8IHC (KE8WJ)
Ted Suarez, K8BSC
Wallace Wright, WA8ZCA (AD8N)
John Basilotto, WA8ZAN (KC2EH)
Sandford Cohen, W8JEZ (N8HWQ)
Noel McKeown, WB8QQC
Harold Judd, WA8KNM
Jack Mitchell, AA8Q
Jim Simpson, WB8QZZ
Bill McNabb, WD8SAY
Ed Hillman, N8ALN
Ross Brown, WA8DQH
Dave Grubb, KC8CF
Ken Allen, KB8KE
Dick Miller, N8CBU
Jim Graver, KB8PSO
Pat Neff, N8IGS
Gary DesCombs, N8EMO
Jim Nies, WX8F
Carl Rose, K8CPR
Lee Boeckerman, W8LFB
Michael Kalter, W8CI