Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A Mix of In-Person and Virtual Events

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact amateur radio gatherings. The Huntsville Hamfest in August was the first major hamfest to be held in-person since early 2020. Organizers report that attendance was down 20% compared with 2019 and that several vendors pulled out at the last minute due to the spread of the Delta variant, but said they were pleased with the overall results.

Meanwhile, both the TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference (September 17-18) and the AMSAT 2021 Symposium and Annual Meeting (October 29-31) were shifted from in-person to virtual events due to ongoing concerns about travel and group gatherings.