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Where: Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia, Ohio 45385 

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ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, welcomes all members and friends to Hamvention®, the 2018 ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention. Use this handy guide to find ARRL-sponsored activities, exhibits and program representatives. ARRL EXPO is a large exhibit area located in "Tesla" Building 2.

Rick Roderick, K5UR – ARRL President
Dale Williams, WA8EFK – Great Lakes Division Director
Thomas Delaney, W8WTD – Vice Director
Scott Yonally, N8SY – Ohio Section Manager

Interested parties will find complete details for Hamvention at For information about ARRL and Amateur Radio, visit and

Special Guests
ARRL welcomes these volunteers to Hamvention, recognized for their leadership throughout the response by Amateur Radio operators to the devastating 2017 hurricanes in Caribbean.

  • Andy Anderson, KP4AAN – ARRL and American Red Cross volunteer
  • Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L – ARRL and American Red Cross volunteer; 2018 Hamvention® Amateur of the Year
  • Oscar Resto, KP4RF – ARRL Section Manager, Puerto Rico
  • Fred Kleber, K9VV – ARRL Section Manager, US Virgin Islands

ARRL Store
Visit the HUGE ARRL bookstore to join, renew or extend your ARRL membership, and get the latest publications, supplies, and official ARRL merchandise.

  •  FREE Gift when you join, renew, or extend your ARRL membership at the show.
  •  FREE Gift for ARRL Life Members when you stop by the ARRL Store.
  •  FREE ARRL EXPO 2018 Button!

2018 ARRL Field Day and International Grid Chase Get in the chase! This year, many groups and participants may choose to combine 2018 Field Day with ARRL’s yearlong operating event, the International Grid Chase (IGC) -- working stations in as many grid squares as possible and uploading log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW). ARRL Field Day is June 23-24, 2018. Gear up for these popular on-air events with official shirts, pins, hats, and more!

Meet the Authors – Meet ARRL authors and editors who are inspiring today’s radio experimenters, operators and innovators. (see schedule in the ARRL exhibit area)

RRL Exhibits…

ARRL Public Service – and featuring ARRL Ham Aid.

ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative. We Want U to help advance ham radio among college and university students.

Learning!...with ARRL. Meet ARRL Education & Technology Program Instructors and explore the resources available for introducing radio science and wireless technology to everyone! Find ways to make, discover, experiment, explore, and build.

Radiosport and DXCC. DXCC Card Checking; ARRL Contests and Awards; The ARRL Logbook of the World (LoTW); QSL Bureau; and featuring the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase.

ARRL Development and ARRL Foundation

ARRL Field Organization Volunteers – Visit this gathering area for ARRL Field Organization networking, hosted by the ARRL Ohio Section.

ARRL Visa® Card – U.S. Bank

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) – Meet representatives from the IARU.

ARRL-sponsored Forums
at 2018 Hamvention®
A complete list of Hamvention forums can be found at

Training Track: Public Service Communications
Room 3; see forum schedule

The theme for this year’s Hamvention is “Amateur Radio...Serving the Community.” Attend three or more of the ARRL-sponsored Public Service Communications forums, and earn an ARRL certificate in recognition of your commitment to ham radio public service training and development:

Friday May 18, 2018

#1: Getting Started in Public Service Communications
Presenter: Ken Bailey, K1FUG, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant and Continuing Education Program Administrator

Amateur Radio operators have a history of helping their communities by providing radio communications in good times and in bad. You need to prepare yourself. Preparedness is about training so you will be ready when called upon. Being ready is about believing it can happen and taking steps needed to act properly when things go bad. This forum if for the newly licensed ham, and for those new to public service and emergency communications who want to learn how to do more for their community. Sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.

#2: Building Partnerships
Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager
Sarah Byrne, Community Partners Specialist, External Affairs, FEMA

Solid, collaborative, and mutually beneficial partnerships are key to successful disaster and emergency response. Amateur Radio public service groups rely on such partnership when serving their communities. This session will address how to build and grow partnerships of different levels of complexity, across a wide range of interests and organizations -- from Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), to other non-profits and businesses. Sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.

Saturday May 19, 2018

#3: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager

A chance to hear from representatives from Amateur Radio's largest organizations active during times of disaster and emergency. Sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.


1. Rob Macedo, KD1CY, VOIP WX Net and VOIP Hurricane Net

2. Paul English, WD8DBY, US Army MARS

3. David Stapchuk, KD9DXM, US Air Force MARS

4. Bill Feist, WB8BZH, SATERN

5. Ross Merlin, WA2WDT, Department of Homeland Security, SHAred RESources (SHARES)

6. Ted Okada, K4HNL, Chief Technology Officer, FEMA

7. Malcolm Kyser, KG4G, Chief of Communications, Civil Air Patrol

#4: Stories from the 2017 Hurricanes
Moderator: Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager

Firsthand accounts from volunteers who supported Amateur Radio’s response to the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and across the Southeast US. Sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.


Oscar Resto, KP4RF - ARRL Section Manager, Puerto Rico (guest)

Fred Kleber, K9VV - ARRL Section Manager, US Virgin Islands (guest)

Andy Anderson, KP4AAN - ARRL Public Service Communications volunteer (guest)

ARRL Stage: Spotlight on Public Service Communications
Drop-in to enjoy short public-service-themed presentations throughout the convention. The nearby Public Service exhibit will include a display of ARRL Ham Aid equipment, which received much attention and significant donor support following last year’s hurricanes. (see schedule posted near the ARRL Stage in the ARRL exhibit area)

Presentation: The 2018 ARRL International Humanitarian Award

Saturday May 19 – 1:30 PM (Room 3)

The ARRL Board of Directors has conferred the 2018 International Humanitarian Award jointly on the radio amateurs of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, for the efforts made by many hams who aided in relief and recovery after a punishing 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean.

ARRL-sponsored Forums (see forum schedule)

Friday May 18, 2018

ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 -- Get in the Chase!
Presenter: TBD

Come hear an update about ARRL’s year-long on-air event, the ARRL International Grid Chase. Get tips about participating, uploading your log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW), scoring, and awards. Remember, at the end of each month, totals on the Grid Chase leader board reset to zero. Will you be next month’s leader?

Saturday May 19, 2018

ARRL Member Forum
Moderator: Dale Williams, WA8EFK, ARRL Director – Great Lakes Division

ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. ARRL members help advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. ARRL publishes the popular monthly journal QST, coordinates an extensive all-volunteer field organization, and serves members as Amateur Radio's representative voice in regulatory and legislative matters. Hear from local and national ARRL officials on key areas of membership interest. Find out how ARRL supports dozens of ways to get involved, get active, and get on the air. Members and prospective members are all welcome!

ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative
Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, ARRL Public Relations Committee
Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, ARRL Volunteer, Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative

A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs are sharing ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, They’re (re)inspiring ham radio among our nation’s colleges and universities, meeting other students, and developing career connections. Hear from students, alumni, and faculty. The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative is sponsored in part by the W1YSM Snyder Family Collegiate Amateur Radio Endowment.

Sunday May 20, 2018

Reaching the Public with Ham Radio
Tommy Gober, N5DUX – Instructor, ARRL’s Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R – ARRL Marketing Manager

Many radio clubs organize displays and exhibits to garner interest for Amateur Radio. They recruit new hams at Maker Faires, school and Scouting events, county fairs, public events, and science and technology conventions. Clubs also setup displays for the general public during ARRL Field Day. Come learn and share different methods for organizing exhibits and engaging the public at non-radio events. Sponsored by ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.

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Meet these ARRL Headquarters Staff & Program Specialists

Bob Allison, WB1GCM

Ken Bailey, K1FUG

Marjorie Bourgoin, KB1DCO

Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD

Michael Corey, KI1U

Jackie Ferreira, KB1PWB

Steve Ford, WB8IMY

Regina Galuppi, W3DGI

Tommy Gober, N5DUX (Education & Technology Program Instructor)

Dan Henderson, N1ND

Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R

Dave Isgur, KC1JMX

Sabrina Jackson, KC1JMW

Kim McNeill, KB1WUX

Diane Middleton, W2DLM

Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR (volunteer, Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative)

Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT (volunteer, Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative)

Michelle Patnode

Michael Scharr

Matt Severin, N8MS (Education & Technology Program Instructor)

Barry Shelley, N1VXY

Yvette Vinci, KC1AIM


ARRL expresses its gratitude to the 2018 Hamvention® Committee, Dayton Amateur Radio Association, and all the volunteers who contributed to the success of ARRL EXPO 2018 in Xenia, Ohio.


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