Amateur radio operators to gather for two-day festival


• What: Hamfest

• When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Gwinnett County Fairground, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

• Cost: $6 to $8

• For more information: Visit www.totr-radio.org

LAWRENCEVILLE — This weekend, some folks are going “ham” at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Alford Memorial Radio Club hosts its 42nd annual Stone Mountain Hamfest — in Lawrenceville.

“There are more licensed amateur operators than ever before in the United States and the 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,” club president Steve Garrison said.

The event is part flea market, part educational seminars and part vendor displays and sales. Radio enthusiasts gather to talk about ham radio equipment, both old and new.

There will be a special youth area, where boys and girls can experience some of the aspects and skills that go into amateur radio.

“This is the only two-day Hamfest in Georgia, so we attract more vendors and more attendees than any other,” event chairman Chris Balch said. “That makes for a more rewarding and complete experience for all.”

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.