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Role still for radio

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September 12, 2017

Shepparton's Andy Ashley at the recently held HAMFEST swap meet.

Tabletop's Tom and Monica Sanders travelled to be at the event.

Melbourne's Mick Ampt holds a rare piece of equipment.

Nick Presser, Leigh Rainbird, Kane Hincliffe and Jack Szcsurek.

Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club's Geoff Angus.

Andy Ashley with South Australia SES's Frank Woolfe met at the swap meet after talking via HAM radio.

Amateur radio enthusiasts from across the state came together on Sunday for Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club’s swap meet.

Club secretary Andy Ashley said the meet had been held annually for the past 30 years.

‘‘Pretty well every town in Australia has a HAM radio technician,’’ he said.

‘‘In the Shepparton CBD alone there are five.’’

Mr Ashley said there would be about 3000 to 4000 HAM radio operators across the country and it had been a hobby for more than 100 years.

Described as the original social media, he said the club was working hard to encourage young people to become involved.

‘‘It encourages young people to think about how they work,’’ Mr Ashley said.

He said a Melbourne-based group recently succeeded in getting a school principal to add HAM radio to the curriculum as an elective subject.

Mr Ashley said HAM radio played an important role in times of natural disasters.

‘‘When everything goes down, the HAM radio still works,’’ he said.

The swap meet attracted enthusiasts to St Augustine’s hall, Shepparton, where Azem Elmaz was also there with his food truck.

‘‘Thanks to Azem for catering the event where all funds raised will go to People Supporting People,’’ Mr Ashley said.

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