When Hamvention opens May 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio, its theme, "Hamvention - Same Friends, New Home" says it all, according to Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, General Chairman for the event. “Hamvention gives amateurs from all over a chance to get together with old friends. We welcome them to our new home,” Cramer said. Cramer, who served as assistant general chairman last year, noted that many hams return each year to Hamvention to meet other attendees that they have talked to on the radio. That comradery will remain the same, only the location has changed. The committee, of all volunteers, has been dealing with the monumental task of defining new inside exhibits and flea market spaces and all the other aspects of the Hamvention move. Cramer noted that website updates are being made almost daily, mail order ticket sales are underway and that ticket, flea market, and inside exhibit purchases will be available online as soon as possible. Some important changes this year include free on-site parking for attendees, a greater variety of food choices, and the availability of overnight camping on the fairgrounds. Camping arrangements are available from the Greene County Fair Board at 937-372-8621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cramer said he and Assistant General Chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, wanted to thank the committee chairmen and their assistants for the tremendous effort they have put forth. “We couldn’t do it without them and their volunteers,” he said. Hamvention®, the world's largest amateur radio gathering, brings about 25,000 people to the greater Dayton area. The three-day event includes exhibits, a flea market, forums, education sessions, and license exams. For more information about Hamvention 2017 (scheduled for May 19-21), visit the website at www.hamvention.org or e-mail email@example.com.