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Make contact with radio operators at the Whidbey Island Fair

Eric Brooks, emergency manager with the Island County Department of Emergency Management, picks up a microphone to communicate with ham radio buffs nationwide at a recent event held by the Island County Amateur Radio Club with help from club president Alan Whitman. Community members can make radio contact at the Whidbey Island Area Fair on Aug. 16-19. - Photo courtesy of Island County Amateur Radio Club
Eric Brooks, emergency manager with the Island County Department of Emergency Management, picks up a microphone to communicate with ham radio buffs nationwide at a recent event held by the Island County Amateur Radio Club with help from club president Alan Whitman. Community members can make radio contact at the Whidbey Island Area Fair on Aug. 16-19.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Island County Amateur Radio Club

BY RECORD STAFF

Radio operators from the Island County Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate how they make radio contact with other radio buffs thousands of miles away during the upcoming Whidbey Island Fair.

The 88th annual Whidbey fair, to be held Aug. 16 through 19 at the county fairgrounds located at 819 Camano Ave. in Langley, will feature a wide variety of farm, art and craft exhibits and will include a functioning amateur radio transmitting station housed in the Burrier building.

Members of the local radio club will be available at noon Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, to demonstrate how they contact other radio hams and discuss the hobby and its federal licensing requirements.

The club also will assist city and county officials during the Whidbey Island Fair parade on Saturday morning, with point-to-point communications along the route in case of emergencies.

For more information about the Island County Amateur Radio Club, go to www.w7avm.org.

 

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