About Hamvention

Show Location Information
Contact Information
Hamvention History
Hamvention Hours
Future Hamvention® Dates
Lost Items
Outbound Shipping Services

Special Event Station
Past General Chairmen
DARA Officers
DARA Website

Location Information

The Official Hara Arena web site:

Google Map

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:

Contact information

Email addresses
Phone numbers
Fax numbers
US Postal Service Address
Emergency number during Hamvention®
Talk in

Flea Market - fleamarket@hamvention.org
Volunteers - volunteers@hamvention.org
General Information - info@hamvention.org
Inside exhibits - exhibits@hamvention.org
Media - media@hamvention.org
Ticketing information - tickets@hamvention.org
Website - webmaster@hamvention.org
Forums - forums@hamvention.org
International Relations - international@hamvention.org

Main Telephone Number: (937) 276-6930
Committee telephone numbers:
Inside Exhibits (937) 276-6931
Flea Market (937) 276-6932
Prizes (765)993–2999

Committee FAX Numbers:
Advertising (937) 312-0688
Inside Exhibits (937) 276-6934
Flea Market (Outside Exhibits) (937) 276-6934
General Information (937) 276-6934

USPS Mail:
Attn: Inside Exhibits
Box 1463
Dayton, OH 45401-1463    

Attn: Flea Market
Box 1466
Dayton, OH 45401-1466

Attn: Tickets
Box 1446
Dayton, OH 45401-1446   

Attn: ADA Parking
Box 1446
Dayton, OH 45401-1446

For any other Hamvention Committee:
Attn: (Committee you wish to contact)
Box 964
Dayton, OH 45401-0964

Emergency Phone Number during Hamvention weekend:
(937) 276-6930

Talk-in Frequencies...
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.

Hamvention History

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.

Hamvention Hours 

***Schedule for forums will be posted on the forums page when completed.***

Friday Activities
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.

Saturday Activities
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.

Sunday Activities...
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.

Future Hamvention® Dates

The future dates for Hamvention are:
May 16, 17 and 18, 2014
May 15, 16 and 17, 2015
May 20, 21 and 22, 2016

Lost Items 

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.

Outbound Shipping Services

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, (Centennial Celebration Station) W100AW/8 in the Ball Arena.
The station will be operating during the hours of the inside exhibit area. Frequencies (+/- QRM) will be:
40M - 7.050 / 7.227
20M - 14.050/ 14.270
10M - 28.050/ 28.470
Times 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. EDT Friday & Saturday and 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EDT Sunday. CW will be tried on the hour as conditions permit. The station will have paddles for CW.
The special event station will be utilizing TEN-TEC Omni VII radios this year.
For QSLs and certificates, please contact ARRL. To operation the station you must have a copy of your license.

Past General Chairmen 

Hamvention® General Chairs, 1952-2013

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
Charles Kaiser, KD8JZR

DARA Officers

Dara Officers Information Page 

DARA Website

DARA Website