This was the third year in a row that I visited Rosmalen — something I normally don’t do much. In most cases I go to hamfests to hunt for parts, but the parts I need usually aren’t there. The Internet took over. As a result I didn’t buy anything ham-related, but I did get my hands on 4 1TB Hitachi Deskstar drives, known for their reliability (but they are slightly noisier than other brands).
A hamfest however is a great meeting place, and it will keep you up to date with the latest developments. The main news revolved around DMR. Bamiporto.nl, the Dutch distributor of Connect Systems, sold 10 CS700 radios even before opening hours, and another 10 pieces were gone when I arrived early in the morning. I don’t know how much of these radios he sold in the end.
To make the ‘DMR Experience’ complete, a few hams set up a working repeater. Below a picture of Randy PH4X (the guy at the right and the person running hamnieuws.nl), one of the people behind the idea.
Last but not least: the hell with QRP!