Virtual Special Event Station W8BI

In addition to the OSO Party on May 16 from 8 am to 8 pm, we are proud to announce that this year the W8BI Special Event Station, and its team members, will AGAIN be “On The Air” Hamvention weekend as W8BI. This year, we will be operating under special circumstances as  “Virtual Special Event Station W8BI”. We’ve decided to add some special things we couldn’t offer during the normal station operating conditions.  This year we will operate on the May 15th, 16th and 17th starting at normal hours *with the exception of the QSO Party hours (May 16, 8 am to 8 pm) * on all Hamvention ® days from opening until the band conditions close on the following special bands and frequencies:

20 meters           14.270 +- QRM Phone

40 Meters           7.224 +- QRM Phone

80 Meters           3.877 +- QRM Phone **

160 Meters         1.875 +- QRM Phone **

** New later opening bands

PDF printable certificates (suitable for framing) confirming your contact with Virtual Special Event Station W8BI may be obtained via e-mail!  Please send your e-mail address, call sign, date, and frequency of the contact to:

Please join us for a great fun-filled weekend from your friends at Hamvention and DARA!

The Special Event Station Team

Special Event Station Rules and Information


Work the world from Hamvention as W8BI at the Special Event Station !

The station, located in the Tesla building – E2 in spaces 2706 and 2707 will be operating during normal Hamvention hours.

Frequencies (+/- QRM) will be:

  • 40M –
  • 20M –
  • 17M –
  • 10M –

CW will be tried on the hour as conditions permit. The station will have paddles for CW.

To operate the station you must have a copy of your license available.

For QSLs and certificates, please send a self addressed and stamped envelope to:

Dayton Amateur Radio Association
ATTN: Hamvention Special Event Station
PO Box 44
Dayton, Ohio  45401-0044

Hamvention 2020
Special Event Station

Keeping with the tradition of a Special Events Station at Dayton Hamvention®, we will once again have a special events station. Equipment details to come.

Station operating hours will be regular show hours and are planned to be on 40M, 20M, 17m, and possibly 10M. All depending on band conditions.

Special Event Station Chairman and Assistant Chairmen and their volunteers invite all to swing by the new Station and see the premier equipment operating at this year’s station.

The following suppliers are once again supporting the Special Events Station this year:

Icom U.S. Tower
Yeasu Heil Sound
Begali Keys Array Solutions
Radio Wavz MFJ Enterprises

Dave Ziegler
Chairman, Special Event Station

Tim McElfresh
Asst. Chairman, Special Event Station

D.J. Ziegler
Asst. Chairman, Special Event Station

Jim Tiderman
Advisor, Special Event Station


The best way to contact us is email: