The Cherryville Repeater Association held its annual Hamfest and Technology Expo at the North Hunterdon Regional High School on Saturday.
A large crowd turned out for an afternoon that included vendors, testing sessions for those who wanted to get their ham radio license or upgrade an existing license class.
The association, founded in 1973, serves licensed amateur radio operators and their families. While most of whom live within 50 miles of Flemington, some live as far away as Bono, Arkansas.
Members help provide coordination for parades, and health and welfare communication for triathalons, walkathons, horse trials, boy scout activities, school activities, and other places people gather, according to the organization.
Its members also respond in times of community emergencies, working with the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management.
Many club members are also members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services and the National Weather Service SkyWarn program.
Trained in the special techniques required of emergency communication, they assist local government, police and Red Cross in times of disaster.
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