HAM RADIO: Europe's largest amateur radio event, is back
Europe's largest amateur radio event, HAM RADIO (45th International Amateur Radio Exhibition), was held for the first time in two years at Messe Friedrichshafen in southern Germany from June 24th to 26th, 2022. Approximately 10,200 visitors from 52 countries*1 (about 30% less than the number of visitors in 2019) came to enjoy the revived event. I had an opportunity to visit that HAM RADIO, so I will briefly introduce you to what I experienced.
HAM RADIO was revived for the first time in two years after its cancellation due to COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year's event was “Seeing Friends Again.” The Messe Friedrichshafen venue featured booths of 129 exhibitors from 27 countries, including radio equipment manufacturers, national radio organizations, and amateur radio clubs. In addition, there were 265 exhibitors in the flea market.
MESSE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN in Germany, the venue for “HAM RADIO”
While some radio manufacturers and major dealers did not exhibit, and space at the venue was smaller, unfortunately. Icom's booth attracted a great deal of attention. Here are some of the exhibits at the Icom booth and the feedback I received from visitors.
Appearance of the Icom booth
Icom’s booth exhibit and visitor comments.
●SHF project (SHF-P1)
Prototype of the SHF-P1 a concept model of the SHF project on display
SHF stands for Super High Frequency and it is well known by amateur radio operators. Icom displayed the SHF-P1 for the first time in Europe, and visitors had questions for the staff members in their booth about its release date, price, specifications including output and remote control features. Visitors commented that it was a very exciting concept, and that the use of an Ethernet cable to connect the RF module to the controller was a great idea. and "Using an Ethernet cable to connect the RF module to the controller is a very good idea." The German Amateur Radio Federation (DARC) commented, "There will be a demand for this in emergency vehicles."
Other comments included, "The 2.4 GHz band is also in demand for TV broadcast applications by amateur radio operators," and "It would be perfect if you could support 10 GHz as well, so that you can enjoy SHF with just this one device." The 10 GHz amateur band in Europe is a popular frequency band for contests and seems to be operated in voice mode only.
HF+50MHz band linear amplifier "IC-PW2" on display
The IC-PW2, a linear amplifier for the HF + 50 MHz band, was also displayed for the first time in Europe. It attracted a lot of attention, and there were specific questions about the model number and number of LDMOS devices used, as well as the timing of its release.
The IC-PW2 (left) and SHF-P1 (right) attracted a lot of attention.
Accessories for the IC-705
The IC-705, an all-mode portable transceiver covering the HF to 430 MHz bands that is very popular worldwide was on display along with image video (PV) and accessories. Many IC-705 users were among the visitors, and some expressed their desire for more accessories, such as an external battery pack for 10 W operation, while others asked for a 100 W-class linear amplifier or a large backpack that can hold a 15.6-inch laptop computer.
Broadcast of image video (PV) of the IC-705
144/430MHz dual band FM handheld transceiver "IC-T10" on display
The IC-T10, a 144/430 MHz dual band FM transceiver with simple operation and a long operation time, was also on display. The IC-T10 was also very popular among visitors.
Many visitors at the Icom booth expressed their appreciation for the company's participation in the exhibition, even though the new coronavirus is still not under control. We also heard that they were very interested in the introduction of unique products such as the SHF Project.
The next "HAM RADIO" is scheduled to be held from June 23th to 25th, 2023, again at Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany.
*1 Announced by HAM RADIO office