Southwest Metro Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (SMARTS) Radio Club is hosting their annual Smartsfest at the Cologne Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for ages 16 and under. SMARTSFEST is a hamfest and hobby electronics expo that encompasses Amateur Radio and other aspects of electronics and computers as a hobby. There will be vendors selling new and used equipment and parts, clubs and other organizations informing attendees about their groups and activities, and demonstrations and seminars on various topics related to Amateur Radio and electronics in general.
Amateur radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. The hobby includes a wide range of interests that extends far beyond talking on a radio. Many hobbyists enjoy designing and building small electronic projects, others focus on constructing much larger antenna builds. Amateur radio hobbyists also use their equipment and communication training to assist public service agencies as well as local communities. These activities include such things as natural disasters, storm spotting and event safety and coordination.
Hamfests are a great opportunity for amateur radio operators both young and old to check out new gear, find parts for their next project or just talk with other ham radio enthusiasts. They also help to support the activities of the local radio clubs and maintain the equipment used for serving the local communities.
SMARTS is an Amateur Radio club in the Southwest Metro of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. SMARTS has the WB0RMK Repeater on the air in the Carver/Chaska, MN area at 147.165+. The Cologne Community Center is located at 1211 Village Pkwy. in Cologne. For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.smartsfest.org.