September 23, 2011 11.35 am This story is over 150 months old

Lincoln club hosts national festival

Radio passion: A Lincoln firm is organising a national event for radio lovers everywhere.

Lincoln Short Wave Club is hosting a national radio festival next week, attracting enthusiasts from all over the UK and overseas for the third year in a row.

Called National Hamfest, the event is run by volunteers, attracting over 3,500 people last year with industry exhibitors such as Kenwood.

Taking place in the George Stevenson Hall at Newark Showground on September 30 and October 1, from 10am-4pm, the two days are packed with guest lectures and special events as well as stands with national and local businesses exhibiting.

Tickets are £4.50 and a unique feature of Hamfest is a ‘bring and buy’ area where people can pick up bargains and get rid of surplus equipment.

Lincolnshire Air Ambulance have also been invited to raise funds for the charity.

Diana Catton from Lincoln firm Octagon Technology, who is one of the sponsors, says the event will be good for local business:

“Besides ourselves, there are a lot of local traders taking part and they get access to a new audience.

“Having the Air Ambulance involved is also fantastic and we hope they will raise a lot of money for their charity,” said Catton.

The Lincoln Shortwave Club is nearly a hundred years old and was first set up in 1921; since the 1980s the radio repeaters located on top of Lincoln Cathedral’s central tower enabled radio and TV amateurs in the city to broadcast their passion.