Dial has a long presence at Hamvention which occurs in mid-May. For
many years we have been at Hara Arena Hamvention. In 2017 we continued the tradition at the
Greene County Fairgrounds, flea market spaces 8301, 8302, 8303, 8304
near the entrance of the main flea market field.
We are easily
distinguished by the yellow 'Dial' flag on the mast that supports our
portable repeater. We have a trailer for temporary storage of
purchases, display tables for members to sell radio related items, and a
canopy for shelter. We also provide water, soft drinks/snacks to members, and some chairs for relaxation.
Dial puts a big effort into participating in the ARRL's Field
Day weekend which always occurs during the last full weekend in June.
It is a three-day event with setup beginning Friday afternoon, radio operation
begins Saturday afternoon and continues through Sunday, early afternoon.
There is much effort involved with the set up activities. When we
moved to our present site at Smith Park in Middletown, we instituted a
Club Picnic at 6:00 pm on Saturday of Field Day. The Club
furnishes the meats and soft drinks. Members bring their families
and a dish to share.
Attendance ranges from 40 to 70 depending upon the weather. It
has rained very hard during some of the picnics, while others have had
beautiful weather with clear blue skies. All members and Field Day
guests are invited to participate in the picnic. The Activities
Manager coordinates the picnic and information is sent out via the
Club's email reflector.
In addition to having the picnic at
Field Day, we have an information table that tells who we are, what we
are doing, and gives some information on how to become a radio
amateur. It helps the Smith Park visitors understand why we are
there (with so many wires) and we get bonus points on our Field Day
For a couple of years, Dial held license exams at the Field Day
site. While we had a good turnout, we have stopped due to the
lack of shelter for the examinees and the removal of key individuals
from troubleshooting issues that arise during the early afternoon Field
Day radio operations.