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September 28. 2013 1:48AM

Ham radio classes to be offered in November

MANCHESTER - An introduction to ham radio and class will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Manchester Red Cross Blood Center, 425 Reservoir Ave.

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 played a key part in providing communications in the aftermath of hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

There are more than 5,000 amateur operators in New Hampshire. They get involved in many communication events, ranging from disasters to community events like parades.

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. The Nov. 9 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, but pre-enrollment is required. For information, contact Mitch Stern at 1-800-639-1766; email is W1SJ@ARRL.NET, or at hamclass.net.


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