GOSHEN - The Orange County Amateur Radio Club will be offering instructional classes starting September 28, 2013, to enable citizens of any age to obtain their first ham radio license. This entry-level license, authorized by the FCC, is called the "Technician Class", and permits two-way radio communication on all amateur frequency bands in the VHF and UHF range. There is NO age limitation, NO Morse code requirement, and no prior experience necessary to take these classes.
Classes and license exam will be held at the Orange County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) located at 110 Wells Farm Road in Goshen. Classes are on five Saturday mornings: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Examination is scheduled for the morning of November 9, 2013, administered by certified volunteer examiners. There is a $15 mandated FCC fee charged to take the exam.
The instruction is offered free by the club. The question & answer license manual should be purchased by the student prior to attending class at www.w5yi.org or by calling toll-free 1-800-669-9594.
Interested students may register at www.ocarc-ny.org (click on "Tech Licensing Classes") or by calling 845-391-3620 to leave a message with your contact information.
Licensed hams use radio at all levels of technology - networks, repeaters, AM, FM, TV, on-air contests, international contacts, space and satellite communication, emergency preparedness, and even just "rag-chewing".