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New RAC bulletin logo November 2019Refund Procedures are now in Place for Dayton Hamvention-Associated Social Events

March 20, 2020 update:
Refunds are now being processed for Dayton Hamvention-associated social gatherings, including Contest University, Contest Dinner, and Top Band Dinner.
Each event has its own procedures.
Those who signed up for the DX Dinner will be able to obtain refunds via PayPal.
An email to all registrants will provide details.
— Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, SWODXA

Dayton Hamvention 2020 has been cancelled

March 8, 2020

For the first time in its 68-year history, the Dayton Hamvention will not take place this year due to concerns about the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak.

The organizers issued the following statement:

“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.

It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.

This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.

Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.

Jack Gerbs
General Chairman HV2020

Hamvention’s announcement has also caused the cancellation of other associated events. These include Contest University, the Contest Dinner and the Top Band Dinner.

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Background information about the Dayton Hamvention: 

The Dayton Hamvention, the world’s largest Amateur Radio gathering was scheduled for May 15, 16 and 17 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.

2020 was to be the 69th year of the event, which is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, and the 4th year at their “new” location. It was also going to be the 10th year in a row that Radio Amateurs of Canada would be operating a booth at Hamvention. We will see you all next year!

For a look at last year’s event visit our Dayton 2019 photo gallery at:

 2020 Hamvention Theme: “Amateur Radio: The Future”

Dayton Hamvention 2020 logo

Each year, a specific theme – such as Amateur Radio clubs, global friendship or the advent of digital modes – spotlights one of the many facets of the Amateur Radio Service.

This year’s theme is “Amateur Radio: The Future”.

Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme is focused on technology, past, present and future.

“As Amateur Radio operators, we enjoy many modes of operating, CW, AM, SSB, FM, Digital, etc. We also enjoy challenges such as satellite communications, moonbounce, meteor scatter and more.

What truly excites me about our hobby is, the diversity of these modes and the fact that as we move to the future, we still enjoy the technologies of the past, from tubes, to transistors, to chips, and now microprocessors, ASICS and SOCs.

Come celebrate with us as we celebrate our past, present and future.”

Further information about the Dayton Hamvention visit: