The Perry-based Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club invites local amateur radio operators and the public to attend its 12th annual Winter RF Fest Saturday, Feb. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the National Guard Armory at 2930 Willis Ave. in Perry.
The annual event draws amateur radio operators from all over Iowa and features a swap meet where used equipment can be bought and sold. Commercial vendors are also on hand to sell new amateur radio equipment.
The fest features educational forums on various aspects of the amateur radio hobby and exam sessions where people can earn their FCC amateur radio license.
Admission is $7 per person, and refreshments will also be available for sale. Additional information can be found by visiting the HARC website.
Amateur “ham” radio is a voluntary, non-commercial radio service established for the exchange of messages, for wireless experimentation advancing the technical aspects of radio, for radio sport and contesting, for international goodwill and for emergency communications.
“Ham” radio operators use a variety of voice, text and data communication modes and have access to radio frequency allocations across the entire RF spectrum, enabling two-way communication across a city, region, between countries, continents and even into outer space.
It is a fun hobby that provides countless learning opportunities for all ages.
Amateur radio operators must pass proficiency tests and be licensed by the Federal
Communications Commission. Testing opportunities are offered locally on a regular basis. More than 700,000 amateur radio operators are licensed in the U.S.
The Hiawatha Amateur Club (HARC) is made up of amateur radio operators from the Perry area and greater Dallas County area who focus on public service, fellowship, recruitment of new amateur radio operators and promotion of the hobby. Information about the organization can be found on the HARC website.