MANCHESTER - An introduction to Ham Radio and class will be offered on Sat., November 9, 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., at the Manchester Red Cross Blood Center, 425 Reservoir Avenue, Manchester.
Ham Radio, or Amateur Radio, allows people to communicate via radio over distances ranging from a few to thousands of miles. Unlike phones, amateur radio does not rely on a network which can go down in critical times.
Ham Radio is invaluable in protecting you and your family during widespread disasters. In large disasters, power, phone and Internet will all go down but Ham Radio will continue to operate, providing you with crucial communications. Ham radio played a key part in providing communications in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. There are over 5000 amateur operators in New Hampshire. They get involved in many communication events, ranging from disasters to community events like parades.
While ham radio’s primary mission is to serve the public in emergencies, most of the activity is enjoying conversation with others. Some like to talk, others would rather listen and tinker.
Before anyone can transmit, they must receive a license from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC requires that prospective amateur operators pass a test to prove that they understand rules and regulations, safety and basic electronics. Knowledge of Morse Code is no longer required. The November 9th class will provide training for the first license level. Students can continue upgrading with a course on the next day. Demonstrations of amateur radio operation will be shown throughout the day.
The class is open to everyone across New Hampshire and the surrounding area but early pre-enrollment is required. For information, please contact Mitch Stern at 1-800-639-1766, E-mail: W1SJ@ARRL.NET, or on the web at http://www.hamclass.net.