Affiliated Events Listing

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 Throughout the week

QRP ARCI Four Days in May: FDIM 16-19, 2019.

Registration and getting acquainted begins on Wednesday evening.  Seminars are most of the day Thursday, with “meet the speakers” and an open room for some casual show and tell and plenty of time to swap tales that evening.  Most of Friday daytime is open to attend the Hamvention and visit the QRP-ARCI Toy Store.  Friday evening activities usually include “show and tell”, vendor displays and maybe a judged home brew contest.  Most of Saturday is again open for the Hamvention, and we have a great social event, banquet, awards presentation and door prizes that evening.  Sunday is the Hamvention, and check-out.

We’ll have a “meet the speakers” social gathering after the seminar, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet, question and discuss QRP with the speakers.

Don’t miss out on the show and tell.  You can to bring out your QRP related projects and put them on display.  Your contemporaries will have a chance to roam through the displays and see the excellent craftsmanship used in these special exhibits. For more information see

The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting

A short drive from Xenia, the museum announces expanded hours for Hamvention weekend.  The Museum is located at the site of the former Voice of America Bethany Relay Station in West Chester, between Dayton and Cincinnati, just off the I-75 Tylersville Road exit.

From 1944 thru 1994, six of the most powerful shortwave transmitters in the world broadcast to listeners seeking truth in Europe, Africa and South America from the Bethany Station.  Every week millions heard programs in 50 different languages beamed globally from this hilltop.  Those attending the 2019 Dayton Hamvention will have ample opportunity to visit.  The Museum is located about 35 minutes from the main convention activities.

The Ham Shack for WC8VOA will be open, as well as some unique exhibits such as the comprehensive collection of Drake Amateur Radio gear, the remaining Collins 250,000 watt transmitter, the 1960’s VOA Master Control room, the Powel Crosley Jr. Exhibit, and an exhibit about the US Coast Guard Cutter “Courier” a cold war era floating radio transmission facility that relayed VOA Bethany broadcasts to the Middle East and Soviet Union.

The VOA Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.

Special hours for Hamvention Attendees are:

Thursday May 16 from 1 to 9 p.m.

Friday May 17 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Saturday May 18 from 1 to 9 p.m.

and Sunday May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission is just a five dollar donation.

 In addition this year, the museum has a special offer for new donors visiting during Hamvention on Saturday, May 18th only.  From 6:30 to 9 pm, new Museum donors of at least $45 will receive:

  • Free general admission to the Museum
  • A guided tour of the Museum’s Crosley Collection
  • A tour of the historic WLW transmitter site featuring the Crosley 500 kw WLW transmitter.

This tour will be conducted by internationally known broadcast veterans Jay Adrick , K8CJY and Geoff Mendenhall, W8GNM.  Transportation from the Museum to the WLW transmitter site and back is included.  Space is limited on the WLW transmitter tour, and reservations are required.  To sign up, visit

See you at the Museum!

More information about the museum and the special WLW transmitter tour option is available at


 During Hamvention


Miami Valley Mesh Alliance 

Please submit details for Hamvention 2019.

AMSAT: Multi-day activity – Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday  9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Amateur Satellite operation demonstrations will be held outside the main Maxim Hall (Building 1 or E1) entrance.  Every day, AMSAT will be demonstrating actual contacts with the operational amateur satellites.  We especially want to invite youth to make a contact via an amateur satellite.  All are invited to observe, participate and ask questions.  Satellite pass times will be posted at the AMSAT booth (1007-1010 & 1107-1110) and in the demo area.

Wednesday, May 15th

   Please submit any Hamvention 2018 Information.

Contest Super Suite: 7 the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms, sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC),North Coast Contesters (NCC) and the Frankford Radio Club (FRC).

Contest University: Registration 8 – 10 p.m.

HamNation Live, Harding Room, Crowne Plaza

Contest University:  Pizza Party 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 16th

 Contest University: 2019 Dayton ConTest University (“CTU”) all day at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton, Ohio. Check the ConTest University website for more details.

AMSAT Academy:  An unique opportunity to learn all about amateur radio in space and working the FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit.  AMSAT® Academy will be held Thursday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse, located at 6619 Bellefontaine Rd, Huber Heights, Ohio.

AMSAT® Academy 2019 Registration Fee: $85 includes: Full day of instruction, designed for both beginners and advanced amateur radio satellite operators, and taught by some of the most accomplished AMSAT operators.  Includes a digital copy of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites, 2019 Edition ($15 value), one-year, AMSAT® Basic Membership ($44 value), pizza buffet lunch and an invitation to the Thursday night AMSAT® get together at Ticket Pub and Eatery in Fairborn. Registration closes May 10. No sign ups at the door. No refunds, No cancellations.

AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corp.) “Dinner at Tickets” Party: 6 p.m. at Tickets Pub & Eatery at 7 W. Main St, Fairborn, OH.  Great selection of Greek and American food and great company!  No program or speaker, just good conversation.  Food can be ordered from the menu, drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the bar.  Leave room for dessert, there’s an in-house ice cream shop!  Come as you are.  Bring some friends and have a great time the night before Hamvention.

Contest Super Suite: 7 p.m. in the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms, hosted by the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC), North Coast Contesters (NCC) and the Frankford Radio Club (FRC).

Wings and Pizza Party: 10:30 p.m. in the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms, sponsored by K3WW, K3LR and the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC).

FlexRadio Contest/DX Banquet: Please  submit any Hamvention 2019 Information.

D-STAR Pre-Hamvention Meet & Greet Eyeball QSO:
Please submit any Hamvention 2019 Information. Ham Talk Live! will broadcast live from Dayton on Thursday, May 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern (Friday 0100Z) on  Tune in LIVE to prepare for your Hamvention experience!  HTL! will have everything you need to know before you go… weather, traffic, parking, news, and what you MUST see while you’re there! Join our Official Meteorologist; Hamvention Parking Staff; and more… live or on demand at or your favorite podcasting app.  You can also visit the broadcast at SpringHill Suites – Dayton South (Miamisburg), 417 Springboro Pike (near the DaytonMall) in the conference room. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more details!

Friday, May 17th


 Open house at DARA Clubhouse: 6-8 p.m. 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights.

 SWODXA DX Dinner : The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) will host the 34th annual DX Dinner (r) at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd, Dayton Ohio on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 6 p.m.  For more information visit

AMSAT/TAPR Banquet: 6:30-9 p.m. at the Kohler Presidential Center. Tickets ($40 each) may be purchased from the AMSAT store.  The ticket purchase deadline is Tuesday, May 14. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the AMSAT booth. There will be no tickets to pick up at the AMSAT booth. Tickets purchased on-line will be maintained on a list with check-in at the door at the banquet center. Seating is limited to the number of meals reserved with the Kohler caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline.

Contest Super Suite:   7 p.m in the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms, hosted by the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC),North Coast Contesters (NCC) and the Frankford Radio Club (FRC).

D-STAR Friday Evening Gathering: Friday Evening at the Drury is looking to be an awesome event. We’ve already got some guest speakers, limited edition Icom T-Shirts to wear at the Hamfest and even an Icom ID-51 Plus 2 as a Door Prize. Our current lineup includes John Amodeo AA6JA , from the KA6LMS Last Man Standing Radio Club and Will Jourdain AA4WJ  who will show the power and features of Icom’s new ID-9700.  We’ll have hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Icom and Ham Radio Outlet.

D-STAR InfoCon 2019: D-STAR’s premier training event returns to Dayton Hamvention 2019 with an all new class for those just getting started in D-STAR and those looking to add to their D-STAR experience.  The class will be given by the experienced instructors of the Georgia D-STAR group who have presented seminars and training across the country. The two-hour class begins at 8 a.m. Friday, May 17, on the first day of the Dayton Hamvention 2019 and will be held at the Drury Inn in the heart of the Hamvention hotels at 6616 Miller Lane.  The cost of the class is only $25.00. Class participants are eligible to win an Icom ID-51A Plus2 to be given away during the class.  Your class fee of $25.00 includes all course materials, an Icom T-shirt and a DSTARinfo mousepad.  Class size is limited.  You must pre-register and pay the class fee via PayPal at–dayton-hamvention-2019.aspx. More info on all the D-STAR events at Hamvention 2019 is at

FlexRadio Contest/DX Banquet: Please submit any Hamvention 2019 Information.

FDIM 2019 – Homebrew Contest – Show and Tell: 8 to 10 p.m. Entries in the Homebrew Contest will be displayed in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Fairborn, OH. To enter an item in the contest and insure that it is part of the voting (on Friday night), you must register your item on Friday night between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  For more information see

Pizza Party: 11 p.m. Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Radio Club in the Harding Room.

Top Band Dinner: The 30th annual Dayton Top Band Dinner  will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, (social hour at 6 PM) at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton. The TopBand Speaker is Ken Claerbout, K4ZW.

Working by Numbers Band: 10 p.m. Live in The Presidential Ballroom 2nd Floor of The Crowne Plaza.

Saturday, May 18th

6-8 p.m. Open house at DARA Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights.

Annual Dayton Contest Dinner : The 27th Anniversary Contest Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Presidential Ballroom in the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contester Hotel) 5th and Jefferson Streets , Dayton. The featured speaker will be Ted Rappaport, N9NB, who is well known for his contest efforts and an internationally respected pioneer and expert in communications theory, RF propagation and wireless 5G networks. The 2019 Contest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the dinner.  Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. Tickets are only available on There are no tickets for sale at the door.

Contest Super Suite:   7 p.m in the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms, hosted by the Mad River Radio Club (MRRC),North Coast Contesters (NCC) and the Frankford Radio Club (FRC).

ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony: 9 p.m. Saturday  Marriott at the University of Dayton. Participate in this lively ARRL tradition. The ceremony is steeped in mystery! Attendees receive a special keepsake. A fun activity for all ages. Doors to the ceremony conclave open at 9 p.m. (no admittance after 9:30 p.m.) in the Tradewinds Pavillion at the Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45409. Free registration online to ensure there will be enough seats, and to get a certificate following the ceremony A limited number of remaining seats may be available from the ARRL Field Organization Volunteers booth during the convention (ARRL exhibit area in building 2). Sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section.

Background:A Wouff Hong is a fictional tool used to “punish” Amateur Radio operators who demonstrate poor operating practices. Legend has it that the Wouff Hong was invented by ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim under the pseudonym, “The Old Man,” just as radio amateurs were getting back on the air after World War One. Early in 1919, “The Old Man” wrote in QST “I am sending you a specimen of a real live Wouff Hong . . . Keep it in the editorial sanctum where you can lay hands on it quickly in an emergency.” The “specimen of a real live Wouff Hong” was presented to a meeting of the ARRL Board and the Board voted that the Wouff Hong be framed and hung in the office of the Secretary of the League. On display at ARRL Headquarters today, the Wouff Hong is a constant reminder to Amateur Radio operators to be mindful of their operating etiquette.

Pizza Party: 11 p.m. in the Harding Room sponsored by the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.


Sunday, May 19th

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