QSO today Podcast host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG / WA6IGR, has announced that the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo takes place on Saturday and Sunday from August 8th to 9th. Participation is free for everyone. Registration is open and there are early bird prices for registration.
The ARRL-approved Hamfest is based on a live virtual reality platform used by Fortune 500 companies and major universities and will feature a number of well-known speakers. Guth and his team, including George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU has compiled more than 50 of the best amateur radio mentors in multiple tracks to address this conference in the auditorium of the virtual expo.
Moderators are included Ward Silver, NOAX, on Grounding and Bonding; Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, of DXpeditions; and John Portune, W6NBC, of building slot antennas for locations with restricted antennae. Demonstrations of new amateur radio equipment will be presented. Participants can talk to exhibitors via video / audio or chat and interact with others online.
“This platform simulates a comprehensive congress experience with an exhibition hall and exhibition stands occupied by live participants, a speaker auditorium, a lobby and lounges,” says the announcement. Guth, an ARRL member, decided to continue the virtual event after many personal amateur radio conventions were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ARRL will be among the exhibitors filling the virtual exhibition hall.
Participants can exchange ideas and network with one another via the virtual platform. After the 48-hour live event, audio / video of presentations and resources published by exhibitors will be available to registrants upon request for 30 days.