The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, a full featured virtual ham radio convention, is September 17 -18, 2022. The online event includes speakers and presentations, fully interactive video lounges where participants can meet each other and chat, and an exhibit hall full of vendors and organizations.
While the Ham Expo was originally created in August 2020 as an alternative to canceled in-person ham radio conventions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has evolved into a regularly-held event for amateur radio learning through peer submitted presentations on nearly every amateur radio subject, lively discussion, and interaction.
The Expo uses virtual event technology using platforms produced by vFairs and Kumospace. “The Kumospace lounges were a fantastic edition to the Expo last March and were full of hams and conversation during the entire Expo weekend”, said Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, the founder of the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Kumospace is a video chat platform for hosting and participating in immersive virtual events. Guth said there are new enhancements that will make the lounges even more enjoyable for attendees. Kumospace and vFairs are now supported by apps for Apple and Android. Expo personnel still recommend a fast internet connection and big screens for the best user experience.
New for this Ham Expo is a Poster Gallery Hall that includes a product showcase and interactive projects submitted by amateurs. The product showcase is as a way for vendors who may or may not have a booth to demonstrate individual products through videos, white papers, and slides. Each showcase is fully interactive through text chat and supports opportunities for vendors to follow-up with interested visitors. The Poster Gallery will also include an opportunity for individuals to submit papers, projects, and articles to be enjoyed by Expo delegates. Accepted gallery submission will include a free ticket to the expo.
Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available. The $10 ticket for the Expo will go on sale in August. Anyone can attend the Expo from anywhere in the world, over the internet. For more information go toqsotodayhamexpo.com. ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio® is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.