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Westfield Ham Radio Technician license class sponsored by MRC

Amateur “Ham” Radio Technician license class in Westfield MA starting on March 6th

What? Amateur “Ham” Radio Technician license class

When? Starting March 6th. Thursday 6-8 PM, Saturday 5-9 PM. Classes every other week, 7 weeks.

Where? Westfield State University, Westfield, MA.

Contact information? Contact the Organizer on the left of this page.

What is Amateur “Ham” Radio? Read below if you don't know the answer to this question!

We are starting an Amateur “Ham” Radio Technician License class in Westfield State University (Westfield, MA) on March 6th. Classes will consist of a Thursday 6-8 PM lecture and a Saturday 5-9 PM expanded class with hands-on practice. Classes will be every other week, about 7 weeks long total (about 26 hours total). On a separate last class, an exam will be held so that students can obtain an FCC Ham Radio License Certificate.

Topics will be explained in an intuitive manner, and will be covered in-depth. Our goal is to make understanding of tech concepts of ham radio easy for all of our students. Hands-on activities will be held on Saturday classes, where those wishing to participate can do soldering, antenna building, practice net operation and traffic passing, and participate in a practice exam.

The sponsoring organization of this class is Greater Westfield & Western Hampden County Medical Reserve Corps Inc. (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Emphasis of the course will be on hands-on learning, intuitive presentation, emergency operation, and assistance during the times of a disaster to response organizations.

This class will start in only a month, so please reserve your seat at the earliest convenience!

Please indicate if you are interested by sending an email to Organizer of this event. We also ask that you forward this event to everyone you know who may be interested.

A basic kit of equipment and study material is needed for those who are starting from nothing. We were able to put together about a kit of equipment which is needed for you to operate a ham radio as a hand-held, from your vehicle, or from the comfort of your house.

How to register:

Or just RSVP "Yes" to this event!

Q: What is Amateur “Ham” Radio?

A: Amateur (ham) radio is a fascinating and an important field. “Radio” in this case refers not to the usual “broadcasting” definition of the word, familiar to the public in forms of AM and FM radios, but to the ability to operate transmitting and transceiver equipment itself.

Amateur radio is related to commercial radio. Few examples of commercial radio include police, firefighters, ambulance, maritime communication, aviation, and so on.

Amateur radio works when all other means of commercial communication (computers, cellphones, and land-line telephones) fail. Amateur radio operators lend a hand when first responders are overwhelmed in a catastrophic event. Amateur radio operators came to the forefront of rescue and relief efforts in events such as Katrina and Sandy. Emergency preparedness – an ability to operate without the infrastructure of commercial electricity, cellphones, the Internet, and first responders is sadly usually seen as a need only after the disaster happens. Amateur radio operators have the equipment, the skills, and the mindset before the disaster happens, and they are the few who are able to not only survive on their own, but to help others as well.

Hams are one of the first to respond to a disaster, and are one of the most helpful organizations when lending a hand to official emergency responders.

Communication or at least listening in during the daily commute can keep you notified about local events, traffic conditions, weather conditions, and put you in touch with local operators.

Local and world-wide communication is possible in amateur radio without the use of any other commercial support equipment (satellites, ocean-floor Internet cables, and such).

Besides an ability to carry out voice, data, code, and other forms of communications, amateur radio is also about learning the underlying technology, as well as preparedness, and public assistance.

Local interest clubs and contests are an important and fun part of amateur radio as well.

Your fellow amateur radio operators are organizing a Ham Radio Club in Westfield, MA.

Need more info? Some links of interest:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry I didn't make it to this class! I will continue to lurk until I can attend... thanks!

    March 9, 2014

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