Dial has a long presence at Hamvention which occurs in mid-May. For
many years we have been at Hara Arena Hamvention. Starting in 2017 we
continued the tradition at the
Greene County Fairgrounds, flea market spaces near the entrance of the main flea market field.
We are easily
distinguished by the yellow 'Dial' flag on the mast. We have a
trailer for temporary storage of
purchases, display tables for members to sell radio related items, and
canopies for shelter. We also provide water and soft drinks/snacks to
Hamvention was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the conronavirus.
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.
The Field Day Picnic was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the conronavirus.
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
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.