Hamvention 2023: Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Unveil Plans at the Renowned Ham Radio Event

July 28, 2023
Alexandra Simon


The world of amateur radio is one that never ceases to evolve and inspire and Hamvention 2023, a renowned international event for radio amateurs, brought together some of the most passionate and innovative minds in the field. At the event, amateur radio enthusiasts discussed the significant surge in the popularity of home radio operations during the recent lockdowns. Since the start of the pandemic thousands of new operators joining the ranks.

What are the latest trends, technologies, and projects that amateur radio enthusiasts are excited about? This question forms the heartbeat of our latest Icom episode, sparking insightful conversations and encouraging innovation in the amateur radio field.

For a special episode of Icom, a series of amateur radio enthusiasts who attended Hamvention 2023 were interviewed by YouTuber Tank Radio, including Gunny (KE8RTS), Steve (KD8ICQ), Robert (KO4ZIK), and James (W8CEN), as they share their experiences, projects, and perspectives. The episode touches on several aspects of amateur radio, from equipment preferences to project plans and the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Several main things each individual discusses were:

  • Gunny’s new project, involving Free Time Averaging (FTA) and his choice of Icom 7300 radio for its user-friendly nature.
  • Steve’s exploration into digital modes like DMR and System Fusion, and his appreciation for Icom products.
  • Robert’s experience with the Icom ID 52 Alpha and his fondness for D-Star mode.

Additionally, amateur radio enthusiast James has plans to get his general license and try photophone operations using the Icom 705.

The guests, each of whom is a recognized amateur radio enthusiast, shared their experiences and passion for the hobby. Gunny (KE8RTS) has ab innovative approach to radio projects. Steve (KD8ICQ) brings a wealth of experience in digital radio operations. Robert (KO4ZIK) has a keen interest in D-Star mode. Lastly, James (W8CEN) has been an amateur radio operator since 1994 and continues to explore new facets of the hobby.

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