An amateur radio Technician licensing class will be offered Oct. 19 and 27 in Waimea. The Technician license is the entry-level qualification to become an amateur, or ham, radio operator. Interested persons of all ages are invited. The signup deadline is Sept. 25. Instruction is free, with the class textbook costing $24.
Please call 889-5505 or email April@KRE2.com to register. This class will be taught by a trained electronics engineer with radio operating experience since 1957.
He has taught a few such classes in recent years, and most of the attendees have taken and passed their FCC exams afterward.
The class will be held on two successive weekends in conference rooms at North Hawaii Community Hospital. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 27. The FCC exam will follow the last class, at 5 p.m. There is a $15 testing fee.
The exam is 35 multiple-choice questions, and the textbook contains all of the questions and answers, along with theoretical text to explain the radio physics behind the questions.
“The cost of radios has gone down dramatically in the last few years,” said spokeswoman April Lee. And having an amateur radio license may be vital for family safety during times of emergency.