For Immediate Release: July 20, 2020
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
11,000+ Early Registrations For QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo!
Los Angeles, CA: QSO Today host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, announced that the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo scheduled for August 8-9, 2020 has already registered over 11,000 hams. “Since the Expo is a completely new experience for the ham radio community, it’s great that so many people are excited and already registered. And with almost 3 weeks before the event, the number of registrants continues to increase significantly every day”, said Eric, 4Z1UG. For more information, go to www.qsotodayhamexpo.com. Attendance is free and there are early bird prize incentives (donated by sponsors) for registering by July 24, 2020.
This Expo is built on a live virtual platform commonly used by Fortune 500 companies and major universities. It’s much more than just a Zoom meeting – the platform simulates a convention experience with an exhibit hall and booths staffed by live attendants, speaker auditorium, and lobby. Anybody can attend virtually with an internet connection and computer, tablet, or smartphone.
At the Expo, participants can take advantage of this technology in different ways.
- There are 4 different speaker tracks on a variety of topics with plenty of great content for everyone. Speakers will present via video and have prepared excellent, engaging presentations. Speakers can also provide related material such as slides and white papers which attendees can download. Every session will have a Q&A where people can submit questions in real time via chat and then speakers will answer those questions using video or audio.
- There are 30+ booths for attendees to visit. Exhibitors have many options to engage with attendees. For example, Elecraft has created professional video demonstrations of their latest transceivers. Each booth can provide downloadable content including videos, spec sheets, and manuals. Content can be saved by attendees in a virtual briefcase for reading later or emailing to a friend. Attendees can easily interact one-on-one with booth representatives via video, voice, or text chat using a system similar to Skype. While most booths will be staff during from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST on August 8 and 9, some Exhibitors will extend hours through their overseas reps.
- The Expo organizers will attempt to integrate radio with the virtual platform by having DMR, Allstar, D-Star, and other talk groups available for hams to meet on the air around the Expo.
Said Eric, 4Z1UG, “the experience of a virtual Expo is not meant to replace in-person conventions. However, I strongly believe that virtual events in our industry are here to stay permanently. Given COVID-19 and its likely lasting impact on travel, especially given our demographic, this virtual Expo enables the ham community to continue coming together to learn and engage. It also provides an opportunity for those who have never been to an in-person event to participate in this amazing experience. Younger hams who have grown up with the Internet will feel right at home with our platform, making it easier for them to participate and find their place in this remarkable hobby.”
Attendees will be able to access all speaker presentations and Exhibitor booth content for 30 days after the Expo by simply returning to the Expo site.
Icom is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, along with Gold Sponsors: GigaParts, RT Systems, FlexRadio, RFinder, DX Engineering, Elecraft, RigExpert, and NCG (Comet Antenna).
For more information and to register, go to www.qsotodayhamexpo.com. Attendance is free and there are early bird prize incentives for registering by July 24, 2020.