Review your Hamvention history

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Hamvention 2022, the world’s largest annual amateur radio gathering, celebrates its 70th anniversary.

The event is scheduled to take place May 20, 21 and 22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exhibit Center.

Since its beginnings in 1952, the Hamvention, affectionately known to locals as Hamfest, has been a community staple. The last Hamvention in 2019 drew 32,462 attendees to the region from across the country, according to the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It’s more than twice the size of Xenia.

The past two years have been canceled due to COVID concerns, marking the first cancellations in the event’s 68-year history, but the event is finally making a comeback.

Radio enthusiasts attending the event can browse forums, view exhibits and browse wares from indoor and outdoor flea market vendors, according to the Hamvention website.

What is an amateur radio?

Radio amateurs are also known as radio amateurs or radio amateurs. The term “ham” was originally a satirical nickname for amateur radio operators first heard in 1909 by operators in the commercial and professional radio communities. The word was adopted by the operators and pasted. However, the term did not come into widespread use in the United States until around 1920, according to the American Legion.

Why not just use a cell phone?

Amateur radios allow people to communicate anywhere without depending on the Internet or a cell phone network. In times of disaster, when regular communication channels fail, hams can spring into action by assisting emergency communication efforts and working with public service agencies.

The Amateur Radio Service kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed during 9/11. Amateur radio also came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina, where all other communications failed, and the devastating floods in Colorado in 2013, according to the National Amateur Radio Association.

Economic impact

In 2019, Hamvention injected approximately $30 million into the area, with $15-19 million of that total coming from Greene County.

“People are thrilled to be back at Hamvention for their 70th anniversary this year! And we’re even more excited to have them back in Greene County,” said Kathleen Wright of the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Attendance this year may be a bit down due to few international visitors, but we are still expecting around 30,000 attendees with an estimated economic impact of around $33 million for the region. Every hotel is filled. Overnight , they’re going to go to restaurants, they’re going to fill up their cars with gas, they’re going to be – people camping – they’re going to be everywhere in Xenia, so it’s going to have a big economic impact.

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