A Weekend Amateur (a.k.a. Ham) Radio Technician License Class: January 21-22

There’s a two-day class, no fee, to study for a Ham Radio License. In the event of any emergency, it would be so wonderful to have lots of people trained to communicate this way. Please consider whether this might fit your interests and skills.

  • What: A weekend Amateur (a.k.a. Ham) Radio Technician License Class!
  • When: January 21-22, Saturday 8-4, Sunday 8-12 w/exams starting at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Eugene Costs: The class is free. The license is free upon passing the licensing exam. Administration of the license exam is through ARRL VEC and costs $15. (payable via check or cash only)
  • Age limit: NONE! Kids as young as 7 have tested for and obtained licenses.

Seating is limited.

Please contact Scott Rosenfeld, N7JI 541-684-9970 ars.n7ji@gmail.com regarding registration, training materials, location, etc.

Overview: This class will include approximately 10-12 hours of study, followed by a license exam session where you’ll have the opportunity to pass the FCC license exam to obtain your Technician Class Amateur Radio license.

The class will be taught by experienced amateur radio operators who are active in the Valley Radio Club and enjoy teaching about this educational, fun, and flexible hobby / service.

Details: The Technician license is the entry-level license in ham radio. It grants access to the Amateur Radio bands at VHF and above, including the very popular 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands, with thousands of repeaters in use worldwide and hundreds across the Pacific Northwest. The licensee is also granted limited access to the HF (high frequency, below 30 MHz) bands, used for worldwide wireless communications.

Why an exam? Why do you need a license?

Amateur (Ham) Radio is a worldwide, non-commercial radio service, which is administered in the USA by the FCC. The operating privileges afforded by the licenses are vast, and before giving someone the “keys to the car,” it’s a good idea to know if they know how to drive.

What can you do with Amateur Radio?

provide communications for yourself and others during emergency & disaster situations provide communications for the community during public events operate portable, fixed, and mobile stations from the USA & other countries operate using Morse Code, voice, and digital (computer 1s and 0s) modes design, build, and use your own equipment & antennas learn how to communicate in an effective and efficient manner learn about general, atmospheric, and solar-terrestrial physics learn about electronics & computers help develop new radio technologies meet other hams locally and around the world combine radio with other hobbies & activities participate in on-air competitions have fun doing all of the above and more!

Please contact me with any questions and/or to register.

73 (best regards),
Scott N7JI