RT System is the first Gold Sponsor of the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, scheduled for August 8th and 9th. Rod Thompson, the "RT" of RT Systems sent me a message after the May 20th email with lots of questions about our virtual Expo platform. He wanted to know how "real" was the convention experience.
I scheduled a Zoom conference with Rod and took him on a tour of another show built on the same platform. Rod was so impressed that I received an email the next morning from him wanting the Gold.
Gold Sponsorship will give RT Systems branding exposure on all of our messages, web pages, and in the convention itself. It will also allow RT Systems to demonstrate their products in our auditorium during the conference. Considering that we are working towards over 10,000 Expo attendees, RT Systems' Gold Sponsorship will be a great marketing investment. Look for RT Systems just beyond the Icom booth in the exhibit hall.
My thanks to Rod and Karin Thompson for being first!
It turns out that I have lots of speaker slots in four tracks and 24 hour days to offer amateur radio speakers who want to speak during their local daytime, in their time zones, in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia, including Australia and New Zealand.
The Expo presentations on the days of the event, August 8th and 9th will be "semi-live" where the speaker presentation will be recorded with audio and slides, similar to a Zoom presentation, and played in the time slot. The speaker will be present for live Q & A after the presentation. This is the best way to insure that a presentation will not be lost due to a poor internet connection on the day of the event.
If you would like to make a 20 to 30 minutes highly focused presentation at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo to our Worldwide Audience, then please head over to the speakers page on the website and click on the application button. Or just click on this link to go right to the application.
Welcome to the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Expo blogpost.
I was inspired to create this project after I heard about the closure of the Dayton Hamvention. Clubs and organizations, by their nature cannot move as fast as a single individual to put together and share a large event. I am writing this on the eve of Contest University going virtual and glad to see that the ham community has adapted very quickly to the social distancing requirements that has us mastering Zoom.
My team and I spent a considerable period of time to launch this event, originally scheduled for June, because we wanted to use a professional virtual convention platform that will make a great user experience, very similar to a real convention. We put up the money and signed the contract just this week.
We will have 5 speaker auditoriums, a large exhibit hall that is completely interactive, and sponsor and special interest lounges for interacting with other ham radio participants. While the speaker webinars will be "semi-live", meaning pre-recorded to insure no technical problems during the live hours, the speaker will be present for taking Q&A with all of the features including screen sharing.
The exhibit booths too, have a range of features including video demonstrations, full audio, and text chat to allow every attendee to see and ask questions around all of the products that interest them. The whole convention will be open for 30 days after the live days to allow every participant to come back, see all of the speakers, and visit as many exhibitors that they desire. Interaction may not be live, but exhibitors will be messages to reply to questions.
I look forward to seeing everyone in August!
73, Eric, 4Z1UG