HAM Radio Class
May 20th, 2017 @ Hamvention
As you probably have read, ham radio is an excellent tool to have at your disposal when dealing with emergency situations. In disasters, cell service goes into Selective Availabilitywhich gives priority to responders over normal cell users. In a widespread disaster, infrastructure like power, phone lines and Internet can and does go down, making communication difficult, if not impossible.
Ham radio does not depend on a centralized network. Your ability to communicate is based solely on having available power (i.e. generators or batteries) and an available antenna, which can be deployed as needed. But to use ham radio, you need a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
In a few weeks, there will be the perfect opportunity to learn about ham radio and obtain a license. The Dayton Hamvention will be taking place May 19-21 at its new location at the Greene County Fairgounds in Xenia. One of the activities is a full day ham radio class. At the end of the class, the exam for the Technician amateur radio license will be administered, with the license issued a few days after that.
Not only will you be able to obtain your license, there will be scores of dealers and vendors selling all types of communications equipment. Be sure to save time to visit the show on Friday and Sunday to go shopping!
Information on the ham radio class can be found at http://www.hamclass.net/hamvclass.htm
You can enroll right on this site or call the instructor directly at 802-879-6589 for more information. For information on Hamvention, go to http://www.hamvention.org.
Students must pre-register for the class. Be sure to enroll early as there is limited seating. We'll talk to you on ham radio!