Old-timey ham radios are used worldwide by hobbyists to chat globally, and in emergencies when phone lines are jammed or cell towers go down. They’re also a go-to communication tool for off-road enthusiasts who trek beyond the range of cell towers, knowing that CB radios may not transmit far enough to be useful in a way-out-there emergency.
But to operate a ham radio, you have to have an FCC license. And passing the test requires learning a bunch of stuff.
Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical is coming to the rescue, offering a series of three all-day classes this June aimed at preparing people for the test, with an option to take the test at the end of the third day. The classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays: June 15, 22 and 29.
“This class will familiarize students with ham radios and help prepare you to pass the FCC Technician Class License exam,” DMFM said in a statement. “This is the ideal class if you are interested in learning more about amateur (ham) radio, becoming a licensed operator, or if ham radio is part of your disaster preparedness communication plan.”
The classes will be held at Daisy Mountain Fire Station 145, 1120 W Desert Hills Drive. Cost is $40, which covers books and instruction, plus, if you wish to take the FCC exam on the last day of class, a $15 test fee (cash only—exact change only). Find more info and registration form here.
“Ham radio has repeatedly proven itself to be an effective means of communication particularly during a disaster and is widely used by hobbyists,” according to DMFM. “Whether you want to communicate locally or halfway around the world, this class will help you get started.”