Despite being held in a different month and at the height of the tourist season, Germany’s Ham Radio 2017 — more popularly known by its location, Friedrichshafen — remained as popular as ever this year. This marked the 42nd annual Ham Radio, and the Friedrichshafen Fairground reported that Ham Radio and the concurrent Maker Faire Bodensee (Lake Constance) attracted 17,110 visitors this year, compared to 17,230 last year. Heading up the ARRL contingent were President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said the League puts in an appearance at Friedrichshafen each year, greeting international members, which number more than 9,000, and networking with other national radio societies.
“ARRL is held in high regard by the international Amateur Radio community, and there were many, many compliments shared with our team for ARRL’s good work,” Inderbitzen reported. He said a German radio amateur donated to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund, citing the League’s spectrum advocacy efforts.