BY O.J. EARLY
Participating in ham radio has a number of benefits, according to Glen Day.
"You can talk to someone for years and finally meet them," said Day.
In fact, that's how Day met Earl Hicks a few years ago.
And it was Day and Hicks who came together to a Hamfest in Greeneville on Saturday, hosted by the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club of Greeneville.
"It's a great way to meet people," said Day, standing near his collection of antique radios.
"Come to find out, we lived about five-or-six miles apart," Hicks said with a laugh.
The local amateur radio event attracted hundreds to Greeneville over the weekend.
The radio-lovers' gathering included an indoor area, with vendors of ham radio equipment and electronics, and an outdoor flea market.
The event began at 7 a.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
"We had an estimate of 490 people who attended," said Bob Gass, chairman of Greeneville's Hamfest.
"We think it was a success. It was the first year that we had it."
He added: "The feedback that I'm getting from most of the vendors is that they will come back next year. We plan on having it again next year."