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Planning underway for the 45th International Amateur Radio Exhibition – The 2021 theme: “Together at a distance – reunion with friends”

Ham Radio sends a clear signal

18.02.2021  | Kick-off Ham Radio 2021

Friedrichshafen – After it was not possible for the International Amateur Radio Exhibition to take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the trade fair organizers on Lake Constance are optimistic that they will be able to provide a meeting place for the industry from June 25 to 27, 2021. With German Amateur Radio Club e.V. (DARC) as the perfect sponsor, the course is now being set for the 45th edition of the Ham Radio. “We are watching the situation closely, of course. At the moment we are assuming that we will be able to hold the Ham Radio in accordance with an extensive, tried-and-proven safety and hygiene concept and are looking forward to seeing everyone again at Europe’s most important trade fair for amateur radio,” explains Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellmann.

For the upcoming Ham Radio, there will be a new hall layout for a variety of reasons: Zeppelin Cat Hall A1 is currently serving as a transitional training and play venue for VfB Friedrichshafen’s volleyball players after the ZF Arena was closed due to structural defects. The district vaccination center is currently hosted in Hall A2. For this reason, the commercial exhibitors and associations will be occupying Halls A3 and A4, and the radio amateurs will be able to make exciting discoveries at the flea market in Halls B1 and B2. In this way there will be plenty of space available for both exhibitors and visitors. Instead of taking place on the stage in Foyer West, presentations will be given in the conference rooms and transmitted via video stream. “This year the Ham Radio will again be presenting a wide range of measuring instruments, antennas, and electrical engineering equipment. However, the event will differ a bit from what was seen in previous years. For example, the number of live presentations is being reduced, and there will be no youth camp and no HAM-Rallye. Tickets can only be purchased online,” Project Manager Petra Rathgeber says. DARC is currently pulling out all the stops to prepare for the 71st meet-up on Lake Constance. The Ham Radio is the world’s first amateur radio exhibition to be held since the pandemic began.


Parking spots for RVs/caravans and opening hours 

For visitors, the trade fair also offers the option of staying overnight on a parking lot for RVs and caravans close to the exhibition. The Ham Radio will take place in Friedrichshafen from Friday, June 25, to Sunday, June 27, 2021, and will be open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Further information is available at

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