This time, is the grand meeting of some 300 to 500 radio enthusiasts and operators coming from different parts of the country, including those from overseas on April 10-12, this year.
Dubbed as the 22nd International Grand Eyeball and 83rd Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) Hamvention, the activity is aimed at gathering radio enthusiasts and partners who are also members of the international organization based in the country and those around the world.
Wikipedia defines Hamfest as a convention of amateur radio enthusiasts, often combining a trade show, flea market, and various other activities of interest to amateur radio operators called hams. In the United Kingdom the term ‘rally’ is more commonly used for amateur radio conventions. Hamfests were noted being held as early as 1924 in the United States.
Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat and 3rd District Representative Leni G. Robredo, will deliver the keynote address and inspirational message, respectively, during the welcome dinner on Day 1.
The twin events, which are hosted by the Civic Action of Radio Enthusiasts (CARE), Inc. based in this city will be held at Belmonte’s Farm in Barangay Del Rosario, here.
In his letter to Mayor John G. Bongat, Naga CARE President Benjie Reapor said that his group “feels very much privileged and excited as Naga will play host to the activities, which will serve as a facility through which his fellow ham radio operators all over the country and the world will personally meet.”
The international grand eyeball is being held every five years in the Philippines, alternately with other countries while the PARA Hamvention is held every year in the country.
Reapor said that both events would help strengthen their bond, partnership and teamwork with other members whom they have been talking to thru the airwaves during disasters, emergency situations, calamities, and weather disturbances while pursuing their service to humanity.
Other activities lined up in the grand eyeball and hamvention include: airsoft fun shooting, rappelling and zip-line experience, Rescue 472/simulation drill, fox hunting, lecture and demo on gun-safety, sky and scuba diving, seminar and training on rescue and disaster management, stress management seminar, holding of NTC examinations, and family bonding activities. (by Jason B. Neola)