HAM RADIO 2013 Draws 15,300 Visitors
The 2013 HAM RADIO international Amateur Radio exhibition June 28-30 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, reports a count of 15,300 attendees. That’s up from 14,800 visitors in 2012. “Ham Radio riding on a wave of success,” trumpets a “Final Report,” released this week. The theme of the 38th “Friedrichshafen” was “The Amateur Radio Adventure: DXpedition.” Some 200 exhibitors and organizations from 33 countries were on hand to display and demonstrate their latest products. “This gratifying trend underscores the interest in a hamfest that didn’t see the participation of some of the larger dealers this year,” remarked the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) on its website. DARC is the noncommercial sponsor of the international amateur radio exhibition. Europe’s largest ham radio gathering, the DARC said, offers “last but not least the best opportunity to meet Amateur Radio friends from around the world.” Attending HAM RADIO 2013 on the behalf of the League were ARRL International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, KØQB, and HQ staff members Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and Dave Patton, NN1N. Representing the IARU were President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH, Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD.