Weatherford Living

ARC hosts ‘Hamfest’

The Amateur Radio Club of Parker County will host its annual "Hamfest" on Saturday at the Central Christian Church Hall, 1602 South Main Street in Weatherford from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is a gathering open to the public and those with interest in amateur radios or wanting to know more about this “interesting” hobby. There will be a swap meet of equipment, prize drawings, refreshments and, this year, a theme of “Communications, Working Together” featuring displays of vehicles and equipment of Parker County Emergency Services. This will give the public a chance to look into vehicles like a mobile I.C.U. or S.W.A.T. vehicle and see how the emergency services of the county are prepared to serve in the time of need. Admission for the indoor activities is $5. The outdoor activities and displays are free.

"Ham" radio operators are licensed and controlled by the Federal Communications Commission that regulates both equipment and operation standards. Gone are the "breaker, breaker," and "good buddies" of Citizen Band radios. Knowing Morse Code with the dits and dahs is no longer a requirement.

Getting the training to become licensed usually takes two Saturdays and is done in Weatherford. Classes are given by the Amateur Radio Club of Parker County. More info can be obtained at the Club Information Table.