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February 20, 2014

Hamfest returns Saturday

Amateur radio enthusiasts from around the country will gather at the North Georgia Fairgrounds in Dalton on Saturday for the annual Dalton Hamfest.

“It’s mostly amateur radio-related, but people who are interested in computers or electronics in general will find it interesting and are welcome to attend,” said David Stanley, director of the Dalton Amateur Radio Club.

“Ham” radio operators and vendors will be buying, selling, trading and displaying amateur radio equipment and other electronics. Stanley said many of the dealers will have some of the newest radio equipment available on hand.

Stanley said recent severe weather may have gotten some people interested in amateur radio. So this year, Hamfest will feature a class on Skywarn, a program of the National Weather Service that allows trained amateur radio operators to collect and report signs of severe weather. This helps forecasters track severe weather and issue warnings if needed.

“We provide a community service during severe weather and other emergencies. When phones and cellphones don’t work, we can still communicate with the rest of the world,” Stanley said.

The Dalton Hamfest takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 at the gate.

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