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45th Annual Hamfest

What started as a picnic lunch by a little over a dozen enthusiasts has grown into an event that fills Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena every year.

Visit with vendors showcasing radio and antenna parts. Learn how to become a ham radio operator. The tests to become an operator will be available during this event. Whether you are a novice or an expert you can find what you’re looking for.

Ham radio (which is just another word for amateur radio) allows people to talk across the globe wirelessly. Operators are known as “hams.” Along with being a hobby, skilled operators are often called to act as emergency communicators during disasters. Dates for the 45th annual are Sept. 5-6.  For more details call 479-394-2863 or visit