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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Oklahoma City amateur radio group offers classes


    Published: February 28, 2012
    Beginning March 15, the Oklahoma City Autopatch Association will conduct a training    course for the technician class amateur radio license, an entry-level license for the hobby of amateur radio.

    Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Salvation Army Citadel, 2808 SE 44.     The course will meet for nine weeks ending May 10.

    Federal Communications Commission technician class license exam will be     administered at the final class meeting.

    There are no prerequisites to take the amateur radio license course except an interest in communicating with other amateur radio operators around the city, state, nation and world and in providing public service communications support for large events and in emergencies.

    A technical background is not needed for the license, but it is helpful. The hobby of amateur radio is enjoyed by people from a variety of professions and interests.

    Over the past several years, the FCC has initiated numerous changes to the amateur radio license structure and administration of license examinations to make it easier to enter the hobby of amateur radio.

    Applicants no longer are required to demonstrate proficiency in Morse code, and the written examinations are held frequently at various locations in the Oklahoma City area.

    The written license exam, which is 35 questions, will be scored by local volunteer examiners. The examination paperwork for successful applicants is then sent to the FCC, which will issue an amateur radio license and call sign.

    The fee for the course is $40, including $25 for the manual, which will be available at the first class meeting along with other course materials. It also includes $15 to cover handling of the license exam paperwork at the end of the course. Registration will be limited to 15 students.

    For more information, go to the American Radio Relay League website (www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class) or contact David Duskin, 386-6739 or ddgold@cox.net.

    Thomas Webb is a member of the Oklahoma City Autopatch Association.

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