Starting 66 years ago, Dayton Hamvention, The largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US is now only 9 days away. Hamvention was forced to relocate because of the closing of their longtime home at Hara Arena. 2018 will mark their 2nd year second year at new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH. For 2018, Hamvention has been endorsed as the 2018 ARRL Great Lakes Division Annual Convention.
With last year being their first year at the new location, Hamvention had some growing pains but they listened to the visitors and have taken steps for a better experience this year. Hamvention’s website has expanded directions, parking maps and handicapped parking information. Attendees can link to their Facebook and Twitter accounts through the Hamvention website. As a part of their extended outreach, this year a text alert system is going to be used. Visitors wanting up-to-date information while traveling to or while attending are encouraged to take advantage of the text alerts. The alerts will share important weather, traffic, parking, and other information throughout the weekend of the show. To subscribe to the system, users should text “Hamvention18” to 888777. A traffic bulletin station has been added on 145.525 MHz to periodically repeat needed information. The text alerts and the talk-in and traffic bulletin stations will all share information about road conditions, accidents or other incidents, detours, parking status, and other news and information.
See their website for the full events schedule and details on vendors, flea markets, displays, and the EMCOM showcase at: http://hamvention.org/
ARRL EXPO at Hamvention details are at: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-expo#Forums