In keeping with its theme, "Serving the Community", Hamvention 2018 is offering an opportunity for Amateur Radio groups to display the vehicles they use to serve their communities. A special area has been set aside at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center for emergency communication trailers, vans, trucks and other vehicles. Organizers hope that emergency response groups such as ARES, RACES, and CERT, or any groups, who have an interest in amateur radio emergency communication will participate. Those displaying vehicles are encouraged to have units manned, functional and able to demonstrate the unit's capabilities throughout the show. The displays will allow groups planning to develop their own units to get suggestions and ideas and ask questions of those supporting the vehicles. Gary Hollenbaugh, NJ8BB, who has coordinated Hamvention EmComm vehicle displays for ten years, said that many groups are thinking about building units and could get beneficial ideas from the displayed vehicles. He encouraged teams to have information about their unit to share. Hollenbaugh, who also serves as an assistant to the ARES Section Emergency Coordinator for Ohio, said he is looking for ideas for innovative solutions. Past displays have ranged from a pop-up tent at the rear of a pickup truck to complex RV based vehicles. Groups wishing to participate can obtain more information on the Hamvention web site EmComm page. Emergency communicators will also have an opportunity to attend more than ten forums dealing with public service operations. Those attending at least three of the public service forums sponsored by the ARRL will receive a certificate. One of the sessions will offer attendees a chance to hear first hand reports from amateur operators who served in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. For more details check the Hamvention website Forums page. Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said, "Our theme recognizes the valuable service that amateur radio provides to our communities. We hope the EmComm Display and forums provide valuable information we can all use to be better prepared for that service." Hamvention 2018, the world's largest amateur radio gathering, will be held May 18-20 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH.