For Blind or vision impaired, video listing is here: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/vod-list.html
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is now live and back on our vFairs platform in on-demand mode until April 16th
Click on the Auditorium Sign and watch on the screen with your friends. You can make it full screen video
Click on the Agenda button on the navigation bar to get to a searchable listing of presentations.
If you get a PRIVATE screen in the auditorium, use the Agenda on the navigation bar.
We are still editing presentations and putting them up as we finish. There were 91 of them.
There is a listing for blind and visually impaired. Its link is on this page using a screen reader.
The Exhibit hall is open with downloadable content and videos from the sponsors and exhibitors. We thank them for their loyalty and patience.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience that we caused you last weekend. We have not ignored anyone's message to us. We were and are overwhelmed with thousands of emails, on every channel. We will answer everyone, obviously very late. Please do not reply to this message unless you just can't get into the Expo. We have made every effort to make it as easy as just re-registering on the vFairs site.
See below for Frequently Asked Questions Before Sending Messages
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I cant get into the Expo with my email address.
A: Go to qsotoday.vfairs.com, click on the Login button on the upper right. Use your email address to get in. If it does not work, re-register and you will be allowed entry.
Q: Where are the presentations?
A: There are two ways to enjoy the presentations:
Q: In the Auditorium, I get a black screen that says Private
A: This screen is caused by cookies in your browser. Use incognito mode to get into the Expo. If that does not work, click on the Agenda button on the navigation bar.
Q: Can I download the presentations to use elsewhere.
A: Yes, After April 16th, we will provide the ability to download. We will also post on YouTube and Vimeo.
Q: Why did you not answer my messages to you and emails?
A: As you might imagine, we received thousands of emails. All of us at the Expo did the best we could to contact as many people as possible, while at the same time trying to save our event. We have made every attempt to reach out and give you updates.
Q: I am not receiving emails from the Expo.
A: We discovered about 60 out of 7000 email addresses cannot be delivered by GetResponse, our mail service. This may be because in the past you marked an email from one of Get Response's users as spam, put it into your spam folder, without unsubscribing. You were black listed.
Q: After all of this trouble, will the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo return?
A: After licking our wounds, and getting some rest, we will be back on August 14th.
Our first QSO Today Expo was a great success with over 16,000 attendees! We’re working hard to make our upcoming Expo even better with new speakers, panel discussions, kit building workshops, easy-to-use video technology to meet with exhibitors, and much more. There’s no need to travel - anybody can participate in this groundbreaking, amateur radio Expo built on a virtual reality platform.
After our last Expo, we asked for feedback from the amateur radio community on how we could make our next Expo even better. We received great suggestions, many of which we’ve incorporated into our upcoming event. Whether you’re a ham that doesn’t want to travel because of Covid or just live too far from a hamvention, the QSO Today Expo offers the opportunity to learn from many great speakers, meet with exhibitors to see the latest technology, and engage with fellow hams without leaving your home ham shack. And save thousands of dollars since you don’t have to worry about travel, food, and lodging! Early Bird Tickets are just $10 and $12.50 starting March 12th. Ticket includes entry for the Live 2 day period as well as the 30 day on-demand period.
Attendees have the opportunity to:
"The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo was a SUPERB EVENT! I’ve never been able to attend so many presentations because at in-person events there are too many other things to do. I purchased lots of equipment including some radios, a battery pack, and some powerpole products. For hams that can't travel to big hamventions either because of cost or physical issues, the QSO Expo is the event to attend. I'll be there at the March 2021 show!” - Andy W5ACM
Build-A-Thons at the "Expo"
Learn to Solder
Instructors: Rex Harper, W1REX; Stephen Houser, N1SH
This workshop will introduce wannabe kit builders to the basic tools and techniques of building electronic kits. Participants will build a custom, self contained 20m transmitter kit, called the 20 Meter Sender, designed specifically for this workshop. It includes a built-in key and 9v battery. This 20m QRPpp transmitter kit is a fairly simple build. It has enough components to perform a useful function but not too many so it becomes a difficult project. Traces and pads are large so the kit is largely “bullet proof” in order to endure the untrained skills of beginner solderers.
Order your kit before the Expo here: http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=20S
Build it! The NS-40 QRP Transmitter
Instructors: David Cripe, NM0S; Virginia Smith
The NS-40 is a 'No-Simpler' design, only 14 components, yet delivers 5 watts of RF at 7.030 MHz from 12vDC. This is an ideal first kit for budding homebrewers and will also appeal to the seasoned QRPer due to it's innovative design. Just because this is a simple transmitter, doesn't mean that there is a compromise in performance. The transmitter incorporates a two transistor MOPA (Master Oscillator-Power Amplifier) circuit, with a 2N7000 crystal oscillator driving the IRF510 Class E final. Both are keyed for a clean, click-and-chirp-free signal. The innovative Low Pass Filter (LPF) provides harmonic rejection to greater than -50 dBc. The signal is a clean >5 watts into a 50 ohm load. Using the rugged and low-cost IRF510 MOSFET this transmitter utilizes a Class-E final amplifier for maximum efficiency and reliability.
Order your kit before the Expo here: https://tinyurl.com/yxgkdet8
Build a Kit! Building the Cric-Key
Instructor: Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB
The Cric-Key is a simple CW keyer with paddle, well suited for not only use at home, but in the field as well. This kit is designed to complement 4SQRP's popular CRICKET series of QRP transceivers with a useful and easy-to build keyer circuit. High quality, double sided printed circuit board construction is used, with solder mask and silk screened component reference designators. All components are through-hole for easy assembly. The CRIC-KEY can be constructed by beginners as well as experienced builders. Construction time is approximately 30 to 90 minutes, depending on experience level.
Order your kit before the Expo Here : http://www.4sqrp.com/crickey.php
Let’s BUILD Something! (The Mini-Sudden Receiver)
Instructors: Rex Harper, W1REX; Stephen Houser, N1SH
Participants will build the Mini-Sudden, a pocket & mint tin friendly direct conversion 20m receiver. It is a time tested direct conversion receiver that just simply WORKS! The Mini- Sudden receiver is mint tin friendly and comes complete with a pair of 20m crystals. While it is more of an intermediate level kit due to the density and close soldering tolerances of the parts, it can still be built by beginning builders who exercise care while soldering.
Order your kit before the Expo Here: http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=mSR
The "Expo" in the Media
Cast of Characters:
Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, Chairman, 213-577-0091 eric (at) qsotodayhamexpo (dot) com
Brad Grob, Marketing and Publicity, 213-577-0092 brad (at) qsotodayhamexpo (dot) com
Ken Peterson, N6CHO, Exhibitor Sales Manager, 213-577-0094 kenpeterson (at) qsotodayhamexpo (dot) com