Thursday, January 2, 2014

Amateur Radio Training and License Available

Dear Friends in Emergency Preparedness,

Here are some opportunities to learn and license in amateur (ham) radio.  Spread the word among like-minded friends.  If you're interested, please respond to the appropriate instructors ASAP so they can arrange for the necessary manuals.  The fee to take the exam for FCC licensing is $14.  After this list of upcoming courses, I have added other information about learning amateur radio.

Technician is the entry level licensure by the FCC as an amateur radio operator, General is next and Extra is highest.


From Morris Farmer, callsign AD7SR - Technician course

  • Class:           Technician 
  • Start date:     Beginning Monday, January 20th from 7pm to 9pm
  •                      continuing every Monday thereafter for approx 6 to 7 weeks
  • Location:       Holladay, UT
  • Cost:             Instruction:  FREE    Book:  $25.00  Testing fee:  $14.00
  • Contact:        Email Morris Farmer AD7SR@comcast.net

Bill Rouleau, AE7UI and I will be teaching a course to assist you in becoming a Ham at the introductory, Technician, level.  The course will begin on Monday, January 20th and run for approximately six or seven weeks.
It will be taught at my home where you will have the opportunity to have a hands on experience with Amateur Radio equipment.  Classes will start at 7PM and run for two hours each week.  We will use the ARRL Technician Class License Manual and will have books available the first couple of nights of the course.  Books cost $25.00 each which goes to UARC (the Utah Amateur Radio Club).  There is no charge for the course itself.
If you are interested in taking the course, or know someone that is, please have them contact me, Morris Farmer, AD7SR at AD7SR@comcast.net.  I will send more details about the course and provide directions to my home [abt 5000 S and 1450 E, Holladay]."


Ron Speirs, callsign K7RLS - General course
  • Class:           General 
  • Start date:     Beginning Tuesday, January 14th from 7pm to 9pm
  •                      continuing every Tuesday thereafter for approx 6 to 7 weeks
  • Location:       Murray, UT
  • Cost:             Instruction:  FREE    Book:  $30.00  Testing fee:  $14.00
  • Contact:        Email Ron Speirs:  K7RLS@comcast.net
Ron Speirs will giving instruction starting Tuesday, January 14 in preparation for licensing as General amateur radio operator.  "There is no cost for the class; we only suggest that the students buy the ARRL General Class License Manual, $30.  It has all the information that they need, including the entire question pool."  He will have those for sale at the class but needs a count of individuals planning to attend.  "The only other cost is $14 for the testing fee, which goes to the team who administers the test at the conclusion of the class."  The course will be held in the vicinity of 4200 S and 1100 E in Murray, either in his home or at a nearby church.
For further information, including final location for the class, contact Ron, K7RLS@comcast.net.


From Morris Farmer, callsign AD7SR - General course
  • Class:           General 
  • Start date:     Beginning in April on Monday Evenings
  •                      continuing thereafter TBD
  • Location:       Holladay, UT
  • Cost:             Instruction:  FREE    Book:  $30.00  Testing fee:  $14.00
  • Contact:        Email Morris Farmer AD7SR@comcast.net
I will be teaching a General Class upgrade course beginning approximately the middle of April on Monday evenings."  Contact Morris at AD7SR@comcast.net.


From Morris Farmer, callsign AD7SR - Extra course
  • Class:           Extra
  • Start date:     Beginning Wednesday, January 15th from 7pm to 9pm
  •                      continuing every Wednesday thereafter for approx 16 weeks
  • Location:       Holladay, UT
  • Cost:             Instruction:  FREE    Book:  $25.00  Testing fee:  $14.00
  • Contact:        Email Morris Farmer AD7SR@comcast.net
Ron Speirs, K7RLS, and I will be teaching a course to assist you in upgrading to Extra.  The course will begin on Wednesday, January 15th and run for approximately sixteen weeks.  It will be taught at my home where you will have the opportunity to have a hands on experience with Amateur Radio equipment.  Classes will start at 7PM and run for two hours each week.  We will use the ARRL Extra Class License Manual and we will have books available the first couple of nights of the course.  Books cost $25.00 each which goes to UARC (the Utah Amateur Radio Club).  There is no charge for the course itself.
If you are interested in taking the course, or know someone that is, please have them contact me, Morris Farmer, AD7SR at AD7SR@comcast.net, or Ron Speirs, K7RLS at K7RLS@comcast.net.  We will send more details about the course and provide directions to my home [abt 5000 S and 1450 E, Holladay]."

Additional information:

If you are interested in supplementing your training by online resources, here is one: http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html

You can preview and practice online for free (e.g., http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=5626 and http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=19673), although you don't get personalized tracking of your scores and weak areas as you would at the subscription site.

You can see more free sites at:   http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Ham_Radio/Exams/Exam_Practice/

Some people study solely from manuals or online and attend a testing session to obtain their license.  Here is a schedule of many of the test sessions locally in the coming months: http://www.xmission.com/~uarc/testinfo.html
If you go this route, you would need to check if the session you choose would be open or allows only class participants to test.

Here is some general information about obtaining a license in amateur radio:
http://www.qrz.com/i/ham-radio-howto.html.



Of course, there is no limit on the information you can find online.  Here is a little more information:
www.BeReadyHerriman.blogspot.com,  Thursday, February 5, 2009:

Getting Started with Ham Radio

We've occasionally been asked how to get started with Amateur (Ham) Radio. Here's how to get started in a nutshell:

1.  Understand the basics of ham radio .
2.  Prepare for the exam
  • Find a class to attend
  • Check out The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual from the library or buy your own copy or take the study course online (more expensive).
  • If you are already have a good background with electronics, you could probably review the FCC rules and regulations that apply to Amateur Radio and pass the test without a class. Download the question pools to ensure your knowledge is adequate.
3.  Take online practice tests (you will first test for the lowest level of Technician, but can take exams for                 General and Extra Class licenses; select the appropriate level from the links)
4.  Schedule and take the real exam.
5.  Set up a station.
6.  Get on the air and get involved by networking with other ham radio operators in the community  .

FAQ:
Q: Do you have to know Morse Code to get an Amateur Radio license?
A: NO!

Q: Why is amateur radio helpful in emergencies?
A: When traditional communication methods (landlines, cell phones) fail, ham radio is available.

Q: Is ham radio expensive?
A: It varies just as much as buying a television varies. You could go for a small radio with fewer options or a very expensive unit with all the bells and whistles. When you're licensed there will be many other hams who are willing to give suggestions.
Posted by Be Ready Herriman

Following up on the last question (expense), see my article:
http://www.slcfoothillnetham.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-radio-should-i-purchase.html
Even since it was posted, there are many more options for radios, including the Baofeng radios.

If you get your license, please let me know so I can pass on a list of local ham nets that would be useful for starting your amateur radio experience.  For future reference, the SLC Southeast Division Emergency Communications Net is held each Thursday at 9 p.m., simplex frequency 147.50 MHz.

Please share this information.  Many of the recipients on this email already have their amateur radio licenses and can attest to the camaraderie and satisfaction of providing a valuable service in communications for emergencies and public events . . . and ham radio can be just plain fun!

Susan Smith
KJ7ABC

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