Friedrichshafen - The joy of communicating with people from all over the world drew amateur radio enthusiasts from all over Europe to HAM RADIO. For three days, the 35th annual international amateur radio exhibition was the center of the universe for 16,800 visitors. 185 exhibitioners from 29 countries exhibited their products. A balloon mission and a raffle were just two of the many activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC). "Our partnership with DARC will ensure that HAM RADIO will continue on its sound development path,” says Messe Friedrichafen CEO Klaus Wellmann. "We combine a broad range of activities with a high degree of technical expertise. No other amateur radio exhibition in Europe offers that.”
Amateur radio and electronics enthusiasts were afforded plenty of purchasing opportunities from a vast selection of items in three halls. According to the visitor survey, 77 percent of those questioned indicated that they had bought something.
For the first time, all vendors with new products were put in the same hall. "The concept proved effective, the number of visitors in the Rothaus Hall A1 noticeably increased,” said project manager Thomas Grunewald.
This was also confirmed by Michael Bürck and Gerold Geipert, Kenwood Electronics Deutschland GmbH. "We were pleasantly surprised by the number of visitors here at our booth, which surpassed last year’s total. We presented two new products and were pleased with the outstanding response. HAM RADIO is still far and away the premier amateur radio exhibition in Europe; this was confirmed once again this year.” Gianfranco Maciocci, CEO of Sommerkamp Communications GmbH also had positive things to say. "We experienced a slight increase in the number of visitors at our booth compared to last year and are very satisfied. Our primary goal is to unveil new Yaesu products. They had already been introduced in trade publications and many visitors came specifically to see those products.”
Sabaan Mismar Al-Jassim, General Secretary Qatar Amateur Radio Society, was very impressed with HAM RADIO. "This was our first time here in Friedrichshafen representing the Qatar Amateur Radio Society and the Union of Gulf Nations. We were impressed with HAM RADIO because visitors came here to exchange ideas and talk about their future projects. It was quite remarkable to see so many children at the trade show.”
HAM RALLYE enjoyed great interest among the young. In all, 101 children and young people (88 last year) took up direction finding as a new amateur radio hobby. 105 educators took advantage of the teacher training, where they learned how to incorporate scientific and technical content into their lessons in an entertaining way.
This year’s HAM RADIO was marked by the celebration of DARC’s founding and was punctuated by a program of high-caliber speakers and a lot of activities commemorating the club’s 60th anniversary. "The raffle went off wonderfully, there has never been so much foot traffic at the event stage in the foyer,” said Stephanie Heine, DARC spokesperson.
HAM RADIO 2010 received high marks from the visitors. 80 percent of those surveyed rated the amateur radio exhibition very good or good. 90 percent of the visitors indicated that they would come back next year.
HAM RADIO 2011 is getting a new face. Petra Rathgeber (44), project manager for the Motorradwelt Bodensee, Fruchtwelt Bodensee and Agrarwelt trade shows, will also take on the responsibilities for Europe’s largest amateur radio trade show effective immediately. The current project manager, Thomas Grunewald, will assume new duties in the Guest Events and Business Development areas within the company.
The next HAM RADIO broadcast will hit the airways again from Friedrichshafen from 24 to 26 June 2011. For more information, visit us on the internet at: www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de
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