Its been a hectic but enjoyable first day at Friedrichshafen……
You come half way across Europe and meet folks from your local town.
Above we see Clare of LAMCO showing me their latest fullpage spread, service with a smile as always.
Joking aside its great to see faces old and new and I am never anything but in awe when I attend this Hamfest.
It really is Europes biggest with something for everyone wherever your spectrum intrest may lie.
The side halls are packed with radio enthusiasts from all over the globe selling and swapping their preloved equipment.
The main hall is rammed with dealers, radio clubs, representatives from nearly every nation. I really am in my element.
All the usual dealers are in full force and there is a new offering unveiled by icom, the ID-31E that should keep the D-Star users saving for a few months.
I had a quick chat with the guys and here is a basic specification:
- Free cloning software
- Integral GPS
- DR mode
- Micro SD card slot
- Navigation key interface (similar to GSM phones)
- 70 cm UHF
- Slim line form factor
See some photographs in the gallery > > > HERE
The Hamfest seems to be growing year on year with throngs of people everywhere you go. As always the ham spirit is well and truely alive, when so many like minded people congregate on one place at the same time…
I am signing off now and heading to freshen up, eat, imbibe some of the local brew and do my bit for Anglo – Germanic relations.
Have a great evening and I will be reporting on day two’s events tomorrow.