Weekend Ham Radio Class, March 25-26

  • Sat, Mar 25, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Eugene, OR (location TBD)
  • Saturday, 3/25: Class – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 3/26: Class – 8 a.m. – noon, followed by license exam @ 2 p.m.

    Costs: The class is free. Administration of the license exam is through ARRL VEC and costs $15 (payable via check or cash). The FCC license itself is free.

    Age limit: NONE! Kids as young as 7 have tested for and obtained licenses.

    Contact: Scott Rosenfeld, N7JI 541-684-9970 ars.n7ji@gmail.com
    (Please reply with e-mail and phone number)

    Overview: The class provides 10-12 hours of study, followed by an exam session with the opportunity to pass an FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio license exam. 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.

    The Technician license is the entry-level license in ham radio. It grants access to the popular 144 and 440 MHz bands, with thousands of repeaters worldwide and hundreds in the Pacific NW. It also grants limited access to the HF bands, used for worldwide communications.

    The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide by Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is used as class framework. We will be adding a lot of detail during our discussions. You will want to print out (or purchase) a copy as you should plan to take notes. It’s available as a free pdf download from http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides .

    Why is there an exam? Why do you need a license?

    Amateur (Ham) Radio is a worldwide, non-commercial radio service, administered in the USA by the FCC, and the operating privileges afforded by the license are vast. Before giving someone the “keys to the car,” the FCC needs to know that the applicant knows how to drive.

    What can you do with Amateur Radio?

  • provide communications 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 (hiking, rocketry, travel, etc.)
  • participate in on-air competitions
  • have fun!

    Please contact me with any questions and/or to register.
    73 (best regards),
    Scott N7JI