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Milford Beacon
  • Frequencies tuned to Hamfest 2012

  • This Saturday, radio enthusiasts will descend on Georgetown for the Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO at Sussex Technical High School for a full day of information, camaraderie, shopping and fun.


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  • This Saturday, radio enthusiasts will descend on Georgetown for the Delmarva Amateur Radio and Electronics EXPO at Sussex Technical High School for a full day of information, camaraderie, shopping and fun.
    Sponsored by the Sussex Amateur Radio Association, the event is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive event that aims to please everyone from novice to expert.
    This year’s expo aims to do the same.
    Hamfest Chairman Bill Duvenkeck said that the event will draw 300 to 600 people from all over the region. And, while a lot of these people won’t seem much like amateurs, novices shouldn’t shy away from the event.
    “We have a lot of vendors, especially commercial vendors,” Duvenkeck said. “And, we expanded the number of commercial vendors this year so that people who come can buy everything they need for their enjoyment of electronics.”
    If new electronics doesn’t fit a recession-era budget, there is also a flea market area for people to buy, sell, and trade used items. It’s also where most of the meeting and talking takes place.
    However, electronics is not the only draw for Hamfest. Duvenkeck said that while he looks forward to commiserating with other enthusiasts, he also looks forward to the food.
    “We have what we call del-marvelous grilled chicken,” Duvenkeck said. “It’s absolutely delicious.”
    New this year will be something for everyone’s sweet tooth as well. The wives have put together a dessert table and shaved ice will also be available.
    At noon, the entertainment will shift for a patriotic moment as a Jr. R.O.T.C. group does a presentation of colors and everyone sings the national anthem.
    “Most other hamfests generally don’t do that but we feel it’s important to honor our country.”
    At 1 p.m. there will also be a demonstration by the Delaware State Police K-9 unit.
    “I look forward to it and enjoy it myself,” Duvenkeck said. “They demonstrate how the dogs are trained to attack criminals on the command of police officers. You see how well-behaved the dogs are until one of the officers starts to portray a bad guy. Then, they go right after them.”
    Speakers will be presenting throughout the day, as well, on a variety of amateur radio topics from history to maintenance to the future of the hobby.
    Duvenkeck stresses, though, that the event is family-friendly and there’s something there for everyone.
    “Anyone interested in electronics should come by. It will be a lot of fun and you will get to see a lot of technology,” Duvenkeck said. “But, even if you don’t know anything about ham radio, you can come eat hamburgers, hot dogs, a piece of cake, and you’ll be good to go.”
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