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MARC to Offer Ham Radio Licensing Class Feb 22, 2023

The Mountain Amateur Radio Club, a group of local Hams that get together on the air waves, will be holding a class on becoming a licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator. Now it ’s your chance to get your FCC license and connect with other Ham radio operators in the area.

Dates & Times: Saturday, February 25, & Saturday, March, from 8 a.m – 2:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 49967 Road 427, Oakhurst. 

There was a time was when radio was all about dots and dashes, but no more. While operators can still utilize Morse code, they now have radio rigs and antennas of all makes and sizes, including some handheld radios and DMR walkie-talkies that are not as big as your cell phone.

Ham operators can also provide radio communications during emergency situations. If you’ve ever seen the 2018 movie “How It Ends,” you may have noticed that when all power and cell phone communications were cut off, the only voices still transmitting over the radios were the voices of amateur radio operators.

Every morning the club has a net (operator check-in) on the 2Meters (147.180.000), at 7 a.m. Not only are they checking in but they are practicing their skill sets and becoming worldly through the fun of trivia questions.

They will be offering up the licensing exams on Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church.

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