These are group events that do not (explicitly) involve on-the-air activity. 
On-the-air activities are found under 'Operating'.


Dial has several Social Activities beyond the monthly fellowship preceding the meeting.  The major Non Operating events are the Dayton Hamvention in mid-May and the Dial Picnic that occurs on Saturday afternoon of the ARRL Field Day weekend (fourth full weekend in June).  More information below.

Dayton Hamvention:

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 members.

Hamvention was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the conronavirus.

See the 2019 Hamvention Photos

Field Day Picnic:

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.


See the 2019 Picnic Photos

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 score.




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.


Come Join Us For the Next Field Day Picnic!