Amateur (HAM) Radio License Prep: Technician
- Last Updated: Sunday, 13 December 2015 01:00
Our class is 5 sessions covering all the topics of the current FCC Technician class test.
Each session is approximately 3 hours and should expose you to most (if not all) the questions in the FCC question pool.
Earning your license consists of going to a testing center and taking a 35 question test and answering 26 or more correctly.
Our class walks you through everything you need to know to pass the test in addition to practical usage of your radio. After the class you are more than welcome to our field-days where we have a bbq and roll out a show-and-tell of equipment.
Why do I want a license?
Instant communication is often taken for granted even though many have experienced bad cell coverage and wi-fi outages.
Amateur radio does not require someone else's infrastructure, it is true independence. Your station, skills and experience are all that are needed to talk to others around the world. Amateur (HAM) radio has long been recognized as an incredible tool in emergency situations. Most cities and counties (in addition to US Armed Forces) maintain a fall back plan that utilizes the experience of amateur radio operators.
In today's day and age amateur radio is flourishing with public access to satellites, ground based repeaters, the International Space Station, world wide digital communication and Internet connectivity. As it was intended, the Amateur Service encourages learning the fundamentals of electronics which can help in your other interests whether it be disaster preparedness to solar power. At its core amateur radio is about freedom, exploration, mutual responsibility and results.
Why do I need a license?
Did you learn to drive by jumping into a car and getting on the freeway? With no experience would you grab a guitar, sell tickets and get up on stage? How about practicing medicine?
Like anything powerful a radio requires responsible use. Even accidental interference with legitimate radio communication (radio-navigation, emergency services, public safety, law enforcement, etc) can endanger the lives of others as well as earn you fines and legal trouble. The self-policing aspect of amateur radio is often taken very seriously. Think about hundreds of technically savvy individuals with a mission to keep the airways clean. What are the chances that you could get caught transmitting anonymously every once in a while...http://www.arrl.org/news/florida-ham-agrees-to-penalty-for-failure-to-identify. Licensing and our class would introduce you to the minimum knowledge to stay out of trouble.
Private and/or group classes available. If you have a suitable location let us bring the classroom to you.
Please contact us for more information.