This year’s theme for the Dayton Hamvention is:


Continuing a tradition and in harmony with this years theme, Dayton Hamvention will once again have a setup and display of emergency communications vehicles, an EmComm Truck Rally.

The purpose of the display is to promote emergency communications. Exhibiting groups who build and operate mobile communications facilities will display their equipment and demonstrate their capabilities. It is a chance for the groups to talk about how to develop emergency communications in the field and to exchange ideas with Hamvention visitors.

This exhibition is a great opportunity to share your concepts, designs, ideas, layouts,  and equipment for mobile emergency communication in the field and to give others ideas on designing their own unit or updating their existing unit!

Historically, we have had displays as simple as a pop-up tent and as complex as  RV style operations. We have had displays from local groups, out of state hospital support teams, Salvation Army, Civil Air Patrol, MARS, DHS and many others.

We have planned a meet and greet and “review of the troops” during the event with emergency communications leaders and managers from the ARRL, ARES, MARS, and others. This would be a great time to explain your display and your emergency communications program.

It is recommended that your organization have information such as handouts or flyers. Also, take lots of pictures for possible publication.

EmComm Organizers

Mike Crawford

Gary Hollenbaugh

Want to showcase your EmComm vehicle?


Interested in showcasing your setup?

There are a few basic rules:

  • Setup will be on Thursday, May 16, 2019, anytime during the day. Before/after hours arrivals by appointment only.
  • The display area will be in the parking lot north of the tents and west of Forums 1&2.
  • Vehicles will not be allowed to leave the display area during active Hamvention hours but may be driven out after hours.
  • Electricity hookups may not be available or some distance away. Bring long extension cords to route electric around public walking areas.
  • No noisy generators such as construction site type above a 65db noise level are permitted.
  • Selling in exhibition spaces is prohibited.
  • No holes or damage to the blacktop. If you require jacks or stabilizers they should have a large footprint and/or use a 2″ thick wooden pad sufficient to distribute the weight of the vehicle.

Hamvention will provide four (4) admission tickets for entry to the show.

Request a reservation here!