Monday, May 23, 2022

Orlando HamCation Returns But Covid Still Affects Attendance

The Orlando HamCation returned to an in-person event this year after going virtual in 2021 due to Covid-19 (it was the last major hamfest to be held in 2020 before the pandemic took hold). Organizers report that, while the crowd was enthusiastic and glad to be back in person, the attendance of 19,500 was down from previous years. 

"We believe this is mostly due to people not wanting to fly or be in large crowds yet, and we understand," said HamCation General Chairman Michael Cauley, W4ORL, who noted that otherwise the show was a huge success. He reported a record number of RVs on site and that many vendors reported their best-ever year at the show. HamCation 2023 is scheduled for February 10-12.