VAN WERT COUNTY – The annual Van Wert Hamfest was held at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Sunday.
The event, sponsored by the Van Wert Amateur Radio Club, is a fundraiser for the local group of amateur radio enthusiasts which offers flea markets of radios, electronics, computers and other items as well as door prizes for participants.
The local radio club is also celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Van Wert Amateur Radio Club was first formed in 1952 for the purpose of educating the public about the benefits of amateur radio and also to defend against unfair allegations of interference that have been leveled against the operations of ham at that time. Local radio amateurs worked with the public to find the root cause of the interference and eliminate it so they could continue to enjoy their hobby.
The club continued to meet after that and is best known for its public service communications which include weather observations, cross-country competitions, parades, and emergency drills. The radio club works closely with the Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency, using their personal radio equipment for emergency communications. The club is also active in helping prospective hams obtain their ham license and administer licensing exams.
The next event for the club will be their stand at the Van Wert County Fair. For more information about the Van Wert Amateur Radio Club, visit their website at w8fy.org or their Facebook page.