Source: Friedrichshafen Ham Radio press release

Friedrichshafen logoFriedrichshafen: They feel most home on long and short waves, some try and make contact in the air, but many of them meet at least once a year on land. We’re talking about Amateur Radio enthusiasts from all over the world. As Europe’s leading Amateur Radio exhibition, the Ham Radio, taking place in Friedrichshafen, Germany from June 24 to 26, 2016, will provide an international platform where enthusiasts can meet, share experiences, and get to know one another.

About 200 exhibitors and associations from 34 countries will present their products and trends from the world of radio and telegraphy at the 41st Amateur Radio exhibition. The German Amateur Radio Club (DARC) has selected “Amateur Radio: On land, on water and in the air” as the motto for its 67th Lake Constance Meeting, reflecting the diversity of the hobby.

“The Ham Radio is Europe’s most important Amateur Radio exhibition. This year it will again live up to its reputation as the primary address for Amateur Radio enthusiasts by combining a diverse supporting program with a high quality selection of products,” says a confident Klaus Wellmann, Messe Friedrichshafen CEO. The 41st edition of the Ham Radio will show off a wide selection of electronics and equipment for techies and Amateur Radio enthusiasts, ranging from antennas and instrumentation to hardware and software. A broad range of well-known exhibitors such as Wimo, Icom, Hilberling, Yaesu, Hofi, Difona, Winradio, Box 73, Optibeam, UKW-Berichte, CSY, Luso, Hummel, RF-Power and Kenwood will present their latest product innovations and tempt customers to shop. “In addition to the large number of well-known and respected companies that have been at the Ham Radio for many years, we have been able to gain several new exhibitors from the fields of electronics and antennas,” project leader Petra Rathgeber reports. This means that we will again be able to present visitors with a wide-ranging first-class technical exhibition. The fleamarket is also a true treasure trove of finds for all electronics tinkerers and developers.

The broad spectrum of the fascinating hobby of Amateur Radio is reflected in this year’s motto for the 41th edition of the show, which was selected by DARC, the conceptual sponsor of the Ham Radio. “There are as many different ways to operate Amateur Radio as there are places from which you can send radio transmissions: On land, on water and in the air,” explains DARC press spokeswoman Stephanie Heine. In this context, DARC has invited Amateur Radio enthusiasts to participate in a photo competition and is looking for images that show the many unusual places where Amateur Radio can be operated.

Another unusual place where Amateur Radio enthusiasts can be found is the focus of the Antarctic exhibition at the fairgrounds. Photos provide insights into the year-round research station at the Ekström ice shelf, whose staff often includes Amateur Radio operators.

The beloved youth camp, organized by Messe Friedrichshafen and DARC, offers exciting days and nights at the Ham Radio. Young Amateur Radio operators (max. age 27) will spend three nights at the heart of the action, where they will get to meet people their own age who share the same hobby. Registration opens May 2 and ends June 10. The next generation will also have the chance to explore the world of technology and long and short waves at the Ham Rally. All young people between the ages of 8 and 18 who are interested in having fun while getting to know the world of Amateur Radio are invited to participate in the tour. On Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, in the Rothaushalle (Hall A1), navigation, radio location and transmission activities will be offered at several different stations.

For the ninth time, a teacher training course for participants from Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland will take place on the Friday of the show. At the free course, teachers will attend presentations and workshops where they will learn how they can bring students closer to electronics and information technology in natural science and technical engineering classes in a practical way. This year’s theme is “The natural sciences and the environment in STEM teaching – a contribution to global understanding.” The continuing education program for teachers has been designed as a cooperative effort between the DARC and the Working Group on Amateur Radio and Telecommunications in Schools (AATiS). Questions and registration inquiries should be sent by e-mail to .

Opening times and motor home parking

Messe Friedrichshafen offers the visitors the opportunity to spend the night at a motor home parking space close to the exhibition, subject to availability. The Ham Radio takes place from Friday, June 24 until Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Friedrichshafen. The Maker Faire will open its doors from Saturday, June 25, to Sunday, June 26. Daily passes cost 9 Euros, or 8 Euros in advance. A three-day pass is available for 20 Euros or 18 Euros in advance. The passes grant visitors access to both events. More information is available at