By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY – Deborah Councilman and her husband have probably set up their AC & DC Electronics store about 30 times a year. The two were vendors at Firecracker Hamfest, an event for radio amateurs who wish to buy, sell or trade electronics and other equipment.
The Rowan Amateur Radio Society hosted the event, now in its 33rd year, most of which took place at the Salisbury Civic Center. Organizers estimated that around 500 people attended Saturday’s event.
The city councilor and her husband came from Greensboro to attend and set up a booth. The couple have been in business for 40 years and most of that business has happened through the festivals and shows they attend, the city councilor said.
The festival is usually attended by radio amateurs and electronics enthusiasts, said club vice president Doug Spriggs.
Spriggs said they had vendors and attendees from Virginia, Georgia, California, all of North Carolina and locally. He said a couple visiting from California attended the event.
“We are a group of people who love to talk on the radio and connect with people all over the world,” said Treasurer Frank Waring.
“Everyone is buying, selling or trading and shooting the bull,” Waring said.
Spriggs said interest in amateur radio operations is constantly evolving. He said it had gone from an early military communication to digital platforms.
“That is changing,” Spriggs said.
Many club members are specially trained in emergency communications, are severe weather observers while others are part of community emergency response teams assisting with search and rescue, first aid and rescue. damage assessment.
The Rowan Amateur Radio Society was founded in 1937 and meets on the second Monday of each month.