Other Predictions for Hamvention 2017
Not secret at all are the pre-announced series of new Icom transceivers, the return of the IC-7200 and a new SWL Receiver.
Yaesu is a bit harder to predict, as in general one would think they will expand their C4FM/WIRES-X/Fusion products, but just like the three lables are similar but not the same, it may be hard to pick out what is what.
Will Kenwood have more D-Star offerings? Likely, as they have entered that camp.
TenTec will be back with improved product (anticipate the Omni-VII and Eagle), a possible redesign (Jupiter Mark II) and if we’re luck some news on whether an Orion-III will ever happen.
Same owner will be there with new Alpha-9500 and manual tune Alpha amps, and with news on the Alpha-4040 Auto Tuner.
Jeff KE9V told me he expects to see more portable “weekender-type” gear – antennas, radios and other operating components, and I wholly concur. KE9V is also predicting items tailored for the Sprint Type Contester, as so few of us can block off a couple days for major contests. I’m thinking again he has this right, though I think it will be less gear than revised/new contests.
Remote Operations is a hot button, as our ever graying hobby membership move to sheltered living they appreciate the opportunity to stay active remotely. Improved and lower cost technology make this a product class, rather than something special.
Another trend I am predicting is more offerings in the Premium End of the hobby. The retiree’s wealth often allows a Bengali Key and other top-shelf high performance station components. Thinking we will see more.
The Hamvention itself will be a rewarding chaos. There are concerns with record attendance forecast and limited parking that Xenia & surrounds could become grid-locked. I’m guessing this is going to be a bit of a bumpy ride as logistics get sorted out.
With only one building Air-Conditioned the 80 degree weather is a bit concerning. Again with the age of many hams this is a wellness as well as comfort issue.