Freidrichsahfen REPORT

Friedrichashafen 2013 rally report…

Friedrichshafen 2013I arrived in German on the Wednesday before the Rally.

Picked up from Memmingen airport by my friend paddy, for a 45 minute car ride in To Lindau.

I woke early Thursday still filled with anticipation for the coming event.

Took an early morning  train into Friedrichshafen main train station and this year made a change to the “bendy bus” ride and was give a  short car ride by a friend to the Messe.

I registered for my press pack, collected my car park pass and my SYRG press pass then in to the main hall taking  pics of the main dealers setting up for Friday Sat and Sunday, chatting to dealers and friends having a look what is on offer this year and what is new.

Late Thursday afternoon and the event was looking good already. Back to Lindau and spend a hour uploading pics of the setup to Jeff 2E0VYV for uploading to SYRG’s web site, a process that became my routine for the next 3 days !

You can see the images I took here >>> Friedrichshafen 2103 gallery

Again a good show 2 flea market halls full of second hand gear no new antennas or other equipment in these halls so as not to compete with the main hall dealers.

Some nice new test gear on show at a good price also I saw stock of ID-51’s and also the Icom 7100 was on sale for €1445 inc VAT. as you can imagine these were snapped up and I missed my chance, to make myself feel better I told myself that the draw back for me is the lack of included GPS.


ICOM 7100 Pricing

The main thing that I spotted was the Icom 7100 @ €1445 which equates to around £1245.

I found them also on sale in the USA for $1686 which equates to £1132 at today’s exchange rates…..

We have to guess that when the 7100 hits UK dealers we can expect a pricing to match Europe and the USA.

“The IC-7100 is a HF+6m+VHF+UHF all mode compact radio with an innovative slanted touch-screen LCD controller.

A first for an Icom transceiver, the IC-7100 is designed to the 70MHz band in European versions where 70MHz is open to Amateur radio enthusiasts.

All in all a good show with numbers up on the door.

Here is the realease from Messe; 

Amateur radio lives on. Antennas, radios, and technical accessories lured weekend radio enthusiasts from around the world to Friedrichshafen. At the 38th Ham Radio, there were three days of radio transmission, taking bearings, and communicating in Morse code. 15,300 visitors (2012: 14,800) were drawn to the international amateur radio exhibition at Lake Constance. Some 200 exhibitors and organizations from 33 countries showed their latest products and technical innovations. In addition, the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC), as the noncommercial sponsor of the international amateur radio exhibition, put on a varied presentation and supporting program. ‘The Ham Radio gives an excellent overview of the industry and provides representation for almost all the subtleties of amateur radio. We were again successful in doing justice to the leading position of Ham Radio as Europe?s premier amateur radio show,’ says Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann regarding the 38th edition of the amateur radio exhibition.


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