Amateur Radio is both a hobby and a public service. Amateur Radio operators, known as hams, are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. Hams enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications with each other, and can support their communities by providing communications for public service events and during times of disastrous events when normal means of communications have failed. An estimated six million people around the world are licensed by their governments as ham radio operators. Amateur Radio provides endless opportunities to make new friends, and to have fun learning about and using this magic called radio. It has been the gateway for many to careers in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. Detailed information about Amateur Radio may be found at www.arrl.org, the website of the American Radio Relay League.
The Pamlico Amateur Radio Society will be conducting an entry level (Technician) license course and examination at the Pamlico Community College on Thursday evenings, 7-9 PM, beginning on February 2nd and ending on March 30th. The course and test sessions will be conducted by licensed amateur radio operators certified by the ARRL as instructors and examiners. There is no fee for the course. However, a textbook ($30) is strongly recommended as it includes a computer disk with practice exams. The examination requires a fee of $15 to offset the costs of printing and processing with the FCC. For further information and to register, contact Bill Michne (amateur call sign WM3X) at 252-249-1175 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Every licensed amateur is eligible for membership in Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES). The application form can be found here on the resources page under printable forms. Emergency training is self-paced and available on line for free from https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/trainingmaterials.htm#item1
A hard copy of the student materials for courses 100, 200, 700, and 800 are available to borrow from Greg, KM4DZM for study and use.
ARES needs you! Your community needs you!