ARRL will be a virtual exhibitor at the all-online QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, Friday – Sunday, August 7 – 9. ARRL staffer Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R — a familiar face at many in-person hamfests and conventions for nearly 30 years — will be among the more than 21,000 registered to attend.
“The many hamfest cancellations due to COVID-19 have been difficult for everyone this year,” Inderbitzen said. “I’m really looking forward to this unique online experience and connecting with friends, old and new, from throughout the amateur radio community.”
Inderbitzen will join a handful of ARRL staff members supporting the organization’s virtual booth throughout the event. Exhibitors will also include major amateur radio manufacturers and equipment dealers, and there will opportunities to text and video chat with representatives. In addition to the exhibit hall, five fully interactive lecture halls will feature speakers and presentations spanning the range of ham radio interests and activities.
“I hope many members and other attendees will ‘drop by’ the ARRL booth to say hello,” said Inderbitzen. “Visit us to learn about the many initiatives and new benefits introduced to ARRL members this year. We’ll also have incentives to join ARRL and the Diamond Club, renew your membership, and some publication purchase specials.”
As ARRL’s Product Development Manager, Inderbitzen collaborates with other staff and member-volunteers to develop and improve membership services, programs, and products. This year, ARRL has introduced a string of new membership benefits that include On the Air magazine, expanded member-access to all four ARRL digital magazines including QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ, and the ARRL Learning Network, a new member-led webinar series. ARRL has also added additional programs to its podcast offerings, which now include On the Air, Eclectic Tech, and ARRL Audio News.
ARRL has published a schedule with these highlights:
- Expo Opens — Friday, August 7, 5:45 PM PDT / 8:45 PM EDT (Saturday, August 8, 0045 UTC)
- Keynote Address — Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD, ARRL Maxim Society member, and NCJ Editor. Friday, August 7, 6 PM PDT / 9 PM EDT (Saturday, August 8, 0100 UTC)
- ARRL Exhibit Hours — Friday, August 7, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM PDT / 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM EDT (Saturday August 8, 0145 – 0245 UTC); Saturday, August 8, 8 AM – 3 PM PDT / 11 AM – 6 PM EDT / 1500 – 2200 UTC, and Sunday, August 9, 8 AM – 3 PM PDT / 11 AM – 6 PM EDT / 1500 – 2200 UTC
- Live Expo Ends — Attendees can return for the next 30 days to revisit presentations and exhibitor offerings. Sunday, August 9, 5:45 PM PDT / 8:45 PM EDT (Monday, August 10, 0045 UTC)