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What: 2019 ARRL National Convention at Hamvention®

When: May 17-19, 2019

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

Official websites:

Convention Tickets:

ARRL National Convention - Program & Activities Guide, and ARRL exhibit map

Photo Album (updated throughout event)

Event App: This is the first year a free mobile event app will help attendees navigate the extensive Hamvention program, activities, and exhibits from their personal smartphone or tablet. The app is a collaborative effort between ARRL and Dayton Hamvention. Find exhibitors and booths, forum schedules, and affiliated events. Follow the hourly prize drawings from wherever you are. Attendees are also encouraged to tap on the “MyProfile” icon to optionally include their name and call sign, email address, and any other information they’d like to share with other attendees. The icon labeled “Scan Badge” will allow users to scan a QR Code displayed on a second device using the icon labeled “MyBadge” – instantly connecting your shared contact information with another ham. The 2019 Dayton Hamvention event app is available for both Apple and Android smart devices. A web-browser version is also available, which is optimized for nearly any type of personal computer or mobile device. Visit your app store to download it, or search for “Hamvention” in the Apple and Google Play app stores. The link will automatically redirect you to the appropriate app store to download the app, or you will be redirected to the web-browser version.

Travel Planning:

What is Amateur Radio (or “ham radio"):


Download ARRL’s new Hamvention Event App!
Find booths, exhibits, forums, maps, hourly prize drawings, and more. Available for Apple and Android mobile devices. Download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. It’s never been easier to navigate Hamvention!

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, welcomes all members and friends to Hamvention®, host of the 2019 ARRL National Convention. Use the following informaiton to find ARRL-sponsored activities, exhibits and program representatives. ARRL’s large exhibit area is 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 

Special Guests
ARRL welcomes members of the Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS), from New Hampshire. NARS is an ARRL Special Service Club and is being recognized as the 2019 Hamvention Club of the Year. Please visit their booth in the ARRL exhibit area to learn more about this vibrant radio club!

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. ARRL Field Day is June 22-23, 2019. Gear up for ham radio’s largest annual on-air events with official shirts, pins, hats, and more!

  • 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 2019 ARRL National Convention Button! 

ARRL Exhibits…

ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs – presented by members of the Nashua Area Radio Society (guest exhibit). Take the Radio Club Health Check!

ARRL Development and ARRL Foundation. Raising resources to extend the reach of ARRL programs & services beyond membership dues.

ARRL Public Service – and featuring ARRL Ham Aid.

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)

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

ARRL Laboratory: Get Your Handheld Radio Tested!

Learning Wireless Technology. 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.

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

Radiosport and DXCC. DXCC Card Checking, ARRL Contests and Awards, The ARRL Logbook of the World (LoTW), and QSL Bureau.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) – Meet representatives from the IARU. (Booth 2105)

ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony – Saturday Night at the Marriott
Saturday May 18 – Doors open at 9:00 PM (no admittance after 9:30 PM)
Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 South Patterson Blvd
Participate in this lively ARRL tradition. The ceremony is steeped in mystery! Attendees receive a special keepsake. A fun activity for all ages. Registrations were taken online, but 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.

ARRL-sponsored Forums (see forum schedule)

Friday May 17, 2019

  • The ARRL Lab: Trials, Tribulations and (Tall?) Tales
  • ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs and Mentoring: presented by members of the Nashua Area Radio Society.
  • ARRL Public Service Communications: panel discussion and ARES® update. 

Saturday May 18, 2019

  • ARRL Member Forum
  • Engaging Today’s Radio Amateur: presented by ARRL CEO Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX.
  • ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative 

Sunday May 19, 2019

  • ARRL's new Volunteer Monitor Program and the FCC
  • Discovering Radio Communications

Meet these ARRL Headquarters Staff

Bob Allison, WB1GCM

Kris Bickell, K1BIC

Margie Bourgoin, KB1DCO

Ken Bailey, K1FUG

Eric Casey, KC2ERC

Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD

Paul Cianciolo, W1VLF

Jackie Ferreira, KB1PWB

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ

Regina Galuppi, W3DGI

Ed Hare, W1RFI

Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R

Dave Isgur, N1RSN

Bart Jahnke, W9JJ

Alli McLellan

Kim McNeill, KB1WUX

Howard Michel, WB2ITX

Michelle Patnode, W3MVP

Carla Pereira, KC1HSX

Diane Petrilli, KB1RNF

Ally Flynn, KM3ALF

Janet Rocco, W1JLR

Michael Scharr

Yvette Vinci, KC1AIM

Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative
Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR
Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT

Education & Technology Program Instructors
Tommy Gober, N5DUX
Larry Kendall, K6NDL
Matt Severin, N8MS

ARRL expresses its gratitude to the 2019 Hamvention® Committee, Dayton Amateur Radio Association, and all of the volunteers who contributed to the success of 2019 ARRL National Convention at Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio.



November 1, 2018

NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT – ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, has announced that Hamvention® will host the 2019 ARRL National Convention in Xenia, Ohio, May 17-19, 2019. Hamvention® is the largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the US. Hamvention® and the ARRL National Convention will share a joint theme, “Mentoring the Next Generation” of Amateur Radio operators.

As host of the 2019 ARRL National Convention, Hamvention® will feature dozens of forums covering a variety of topics in Amateur Radio, such as technology, public service, on-air operating, training, and learning. A track of presentations will be organized to build on the convention theme, encouraging more individuals and radio clubs to serve in mentoring roles, leading new and inexperienced radio amateurs to become more active, involved, and engaged.

A special event Amateur Radio station, call sign W8BI, will be set up and operating from the fairgrounds—inviting attendees to join in for some on-air fun.

The National Convention will also feature ARRL EXPO—a large assembly of ARRL-sponsored exhibits, activities, and representatives for ARRL programs and services. Several ARRL-sponsored presentations and forums will be given. Information will be posted to as it becomes available.

2019 will be the third Hamvention® to be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio since the event relocated from Dayton. At 28,417 visitors, Hamvention® recorded its third-largest attendance ever in 2018. It attracts many international attendees.

Since 1952, Hamvention® has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association® (DARA), an ARRL-affiliated radio club, and is supported by volunteers from radio clubs throughout the country. In past years, Hamvention® has received regular sanctioning as the ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention. Hamvention® hosted the ARRL National Convention most recently in 2005 and 2009.

Hamvention® features multiple buildings of indoor vendor exhibits, an outdoor flea market, and many food trucks and concession stands. There is free parking onsite and at nearby remote parking lots served by free shuttles.

The Hamvention® website will include details for convention tickets and information about forums, exhibits (including information for vendors and flea market), travel, and preferred hotels with special rates. Convention tickets are $22 in advance; or $27 at the gate. Each ticket includes convention admission for all three days. Electric scooter rental information can be found at the Hamvention website. Onsite RV camping is managed by the Greene County Fairgrounds.

Ham radio operators are encouraged to bring family and friends, and extend their convention trip by visiting nearby popular attractions. The National Museum of the US Air Force, the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton region also boasts many parks, museums, shopping, entertainment, and dining options.

All major airlines serve the minutes-away Dayton International Airport (DAY), and some travelers use the airports in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, driving the final 60 to 90 minutes to Dayton/Xenia. Plan your trip to Hamvention® at and

Interested parties will find complete details for the 2019 ARRL National Convention at (coming soon).

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