The Alford Memorial Radio Club has scheduled its 42nd annual Stone Mountain Hamfest on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3.
A "Hamfest" is part flea market, part educational seminars, part vendor displays and sales, and all about fellowship. Amateur radio operators and those interested in electronics and computers will gather to see and talk about ham radio equipment old and new and discuss the world-wide hobby.
Those who have been studying ham radio operation will have an opportunity to take tests and, if they pass, acquire new amateur radio licenses or upgrade their existing ones. There will be a special Youth Area, where boys and girls can experience some of the aspects and skills that go into amateur radio.
“There are more licensed amateur operators than ever before in the United States," Steve Garrison (N4TTY), club president, said. "Hamfest provides an opportunity for ham operators and those who may have an interest in our hobby to get together to see and discuss what makes amateur radio a fun endeavor that at the same time can provide real community service.”
Added Chris Balch (KS4MM), event chairman: “This is the only two-day hamfest in Georgia, so we attract more vendors and more attendees than any other. That makes for a more rewarding and complete experience for all.”
The Hamfest runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. The location is the Gwinnett County Fairground, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Lawrenceville, GA 30045. Free parking is provided. Advance tickets for $ 6 are available online at www.stonemountainhamfest.com. Tickets at the gate are $8. One raffle chance for radio equipment is included with each admission ticket and additional chances may be purchased onsite. For interested amateur operators who may need directions or information, the “talk-in” will be on frequency 146.76, PL tone 107.2.
The Alford Memorial Radio Club was established in 1972 to provide amateur radio operators in the Atlanta area an opportunity to learn, communicate and provide community service. It meets on a monthly basis and operates four repeaters for the use of area operators. The club website is www.totr-radio.org.
Contact: Steve Vogel, W4PSV, Club PIO. 404-293-9920, email firstname.lastname@example.org