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Ham Radio Class

BCARC Ham Radio Class

Ever wondered about amateur radio? Do people still use it? The answer is YES! It is a hobby that combines electronics, mechanics, and computers with the ability to communicate with people around the world. Ham radio equipment can be purchased or built.

Amateur radio is for anyone who likes to communicate with others via wireless technology. It is also for anyone who enjoys experimentation. Licensed amateur radio operators communicate with each other in nearby places, across the country, around the world or even with astronauts in outer space! Ham radio is a great backup for emergencies. Today, there are approximately 675,000 amateur radio operators in the United States, and more than 2.5 million around the world.

Entry-level ham radio operators begin with the Technician class license. This license is earned by passing a 35-question examination on radio theory, regulations and operating practices.

Starting Thursday, March 1, the Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club and Buchanan County Emergency Management will sponsor a Technician license class. The class will run seven weeks beginning at 6:30 PM at the Emergency Services Annex located at 2109, 205th Street, Independence. There is no cost for the class; however, there will be a testing fee. Each student will be responsible for purchasing their own textbook. Class size is limited to 10 persons. To register please email Clair Franzen at cliffy@indytel.com.

A “Things to do before the class” document is available below which will provide sources to purchase textbooks. We also have study guides and other items developed for the class.

To learn more about amateur radio go to the ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.


What is Amateur Radio
Things To Do Before The Class

2014-2018 Technician Question Pool
FCC Part 97-Amateur Radio Service Rules
Tech Review Handout

Operator Aids
Amateur Radio Emergency Services Manual 2015
Amateur Radio Band Plan
Phonetic Alphabet
Public Service Communications Manual
Q Codes
RST System of Signal Reporting