Hamvention 2021 Cancelled

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Masks are a deterrent for the virus. They re no guarantee. But wearing one gives a practical measure of prevention.

    Chip W1YW
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  2. AA8GK

    AA8GK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ughhhhh! When will this ever end?!?! Good call, though. I know it was a difficult decision for the committee to make. 73, Pete
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  3. W2TXB

    W2TXB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even if they do not "work", those who wear them can feel better about so doing and be heroes as well. ;)

    Sadly, one year without an event such as this causes problems beyond just not being able to walk/ride around a fairground ("looking at connectors", as one ham opined). All the projects funded by that hamfest or other event will suffer as well. Do it twice, and if reinstated for the year afterward, attendance may well be down, contributing to the problem.
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  4. ZS6BV

    ZS6BV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Friedrichshafen here we come.
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  5. KB6QXM

    KB6QXM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Press Release

    LOS ANGELES - QSO Today host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, announced that the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will commence on March 13-14, 2021, over a period of 48 hours. The first QSO Today Expo was a great success with over 16,000 attendees and the March 2021 event is anticipated to be even larger. The QSO Today team has been working hard to make this upcoming Expo even better with new speakers, panel discussions, kit building workshops, and much more. Anyone can attend from their home or office. Early Bird Tickets are just $10 (to help cover the cost of this event, $12.50 at the "door") and include entry for the Live 2 day period as well as the 30-day on-demand period). Registration can be found at www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

    Eric and his team have put together a world-class line-up of 60+ speakers to address this conference from the virtual Expo’s auditorium. ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Expo Partner. Flexradio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, and Gold sponsors as of this time include Elecraft, RFinder, and CSI.

    At the Expo, amateur radio operators will be able to:

    • Learn from a packed line-up of renowned ham radio speakers such as Bob Allphin, K4UEE, on “My Favorite DXpeditions to DXCC Top 10 Most Wanted”; Michael Foerster, W0IH, on “Using the Arduino In Your Shack”; and Ron Jones, K7RJ, on “3D Printer Basics”.
    • Take part in Live virtual kit building workshops. Kits will be available for purchase and delivered to you in time for the Expo so you can participate and build from the convenience of your home.
    • Walkthrough the virtual exhibit hall filled with popular amateur radio suppliers. Watch live product demos of the latest equipment. New video technology will be used to provide a better experience for attendees to engage with exhibitors.
    • Prior to the Expo, take advantage of our new speaker calendar technology to download speaker times in your local time zones to your Google or Outlook calendar. You’ll then have a complete schedule of the sessions you want to join.
    • Return over the next 30 days to listen to speakers you missed during the Live period, explore, and re-engage exhibitor offerings.

    “While attendance is expected from traditional in-person convention “goers” not traveling due to Covid, the virtual Expo is a great opportunity for those that don’t typically attend in-person events - the vast majority of amateur radio operators. At our last Expo, we found that 60% of attendees don’t go to in-person national conferences and 40% don’t attend state or local events - mostly because of distance or because of the thousands of dollars typically spent on travel and lodging.” said Eric, 4Z1UG.

    “The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo has all of the familiar hallmarks of an in-person hamfest, including opportunities to connect and learn. Expect to bump into friends and well known experts and personalities from throughout our worldwide ham radio community!” said Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Product Development Manager

    For more information, go to www.qsotodayhamexpo.com
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  6. W9WCR

    W9WCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is GREAT!
    Thank you for the info.
  7. WA8FOZ

    WA8FOZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have attended every Hamvention with one exception since 1974. I will again miss it very much, especially since at my age I may not get to many more.

    I am an old man. I may die at any time. I may die of Covid-19. But I will not die of stupid. And as a physician, I will not die with the blood of innocent others on my hands. Finis sermonis.
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  8. K4TK

    K4TK XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I won't contribute to the "Great Debate - all things COVID". But what I will say is I sure hope all the Hamfests and Conventions that are being cancelled, especially those being cancelled now a second year in a row, I sure hope that some day they can recover and reconvene. It's sad to see all the restaurants and businesses around me PERMANENTLY closing because they can't survive being shut down. I just hope we don't see a lot of Hamfests and Conventions do likewise....and NEVER return...........

    Just trying to keep on track and not hijack this Hamvention thread. I moderate a motorcycle board and know how easy it is to hijack threads.........

    Hamvention....2022............I sure hope it's a go!
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  9. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Lifetime Member 279 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I wish you could come round with me in the hospital and let me show you just how many are dying of COVID. We are seeing more than ever at the moment.
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  10. WJ2L

    WJ2L Ham Member QRZ Page

    Zoom Hamvention 21?
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