Another Connecticut ham radio event is on tap for this weekend - one that will feature radio and computer vendors, a test session and the presentation of a distinguished service award.
The Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) will hold its annual ham festival on Saturday, June 16th from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's School, 625 Willard Avenue, in Newington.
The NARL event is expected to include more than 35 outdoor vendors and another 20 vendors inside the building, says event organizer Vinnie Alianiello, W1VJA.
Also featured will be a licensing session for new hams at 10 a.m., and the presentation of the George Hart Award at 11 a.m.
The George Hart Award is presented to hams with a history of service to the ARRL field organization, which promotes voluntary public service activity.
This year's recipient is Betsey Doane, K1EIC, the long-time Connecticut Section Manager. In her position, she oversees the amateur radio emergency service (ARES), local ham club affiliations, traffic and message handling through on-air nets, and activity that promotes amateur radio in general.
The award will be presented by Tom Frenaye, New England ARRL director.
The NARL hamfest is a popular ham tradition in central Connecticut and was for many years held at Newington High School.
Hams can get directions and other information via the W1AW repeater on 145.45 MHz, with a PL tone of 127.3 on the day of the event.
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