2022 Ham Radio, the international amateur radio exhibition, held last weekend (June 24-26) in Friedrichshafen, Germany, attracted cheering crowds and amateur radio enthusiasts from 52 countries .
Messe Friedrichshafen general manager Klaus Wellmann and project manager Petra Rathgeber said the event attracted 10,200 attendees. While attendance was down (14,300 in 2019) due to COVID, visitors and exhibitors alike were optimistic – a sentiment reflected in this year’s event slogan: “See friends again”.
“Together with our exceptional partner, the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC), we have organized a first-class trade show with an extensive support program,” Wellmann and Rathgeber said in a joint statement.
There was 129 trade and association exhibitors with 265 flea market exhibitors from 27 countries. DARC Press Spokesperson Stephanie Heine, DO7PR, and DARC President Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, noted that the event created a unique space to meet others in person and fulfilled its role as a catalyst for the future of amateur radio. “Together we laid the foundation for regional emergency radio groups at the show, and will soon launch a nationwide concept for emergency communications,” Heine said.
The ARRL was among the participating member companies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) exhibiting at the convention. Representing ARRL in Germany was Chairman Rick Roderick, K5UR and his wife Holly Roderick; CEO David Minster, NA2AA; Director of Operations Bob Naumann, W5OV, and Director of Public Relations and Innovation Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R.
Naumann led a team of ARRL volunteers who supported the verification of DXCC cards at his booth – a very popular service within the international amateur radio community.
“It was fantastic to meet so many members and friends in Germany,” Inderbitzen said. He noted that the ARRL has thousands of international members. “QST magazine is one of the most recognized amateur radio journals in the world – and draws many hams to the ARRL for membership,” he said. QST Product evaluation; our entire suite of digital magazines, including QEX, NYCand Live; and member pricing for popular ARRL prices. He also highlighted the ARRL’s role in protecting and promoting amateur radio worldwide and as the secretariat of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
A short video tour of the convention is posted on the ARRL YouTube channel.
The next Ham Radio event will be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany from June 23-25, 2023.
More information is available on Ham Radio.