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Intro to Ham Radio Online Workshop April 17 2021

April 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm PDT

Learn how to be a ham radio operator in Tuolumne County.


In this workshop, you will learn:

  1. Emergency Communications
  2. How to get your FCC Ham Radio License
  3. How to study for the 35 question exam
  4. How to get started for little as about $200 in radio gear and fees
  5. How TCARES covers the county with 4 repeaters
  6. How propagation affects radio signals
  7. How to be safe while practicing the radio arts
  8. How to participate with local hams and the Red Cross
  9. How to listen to local public safety agencies

What is Ham Radio?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

ham radio

Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.

Millions of amateur operators in all areas of the world communicate with each other directly or through ad hoc relay systems and amateur-satellites. They exchange messages by voice, data and morse code. The amateur and amateur-satellite services are for qualified persons of any age who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without compensation. These services present an opportunity for self-training, intercommunication, and technical investigations. Twenty-nine small frequency bands throughout the spectrum are allocated to this service internationally.

Gordon West
Gordon West WB6NOA

Special Guest Gordon West WB6NOA will join us!

Gordo will be our main speaker for the workshop. He will talk about how Ham Radio is used in emergencies and share some real audio recordings (short) of emergency communications in action. He will also address recent changes to the FCC filing process.

Gordon West, WB6NOA, has been a ham radio operator for more than 50 years. He holds the top Amateur Extra Class ham license, along with First Class General Radiotelephone Certificate with RADAR endorsement. The leading ham radio educator in America, he was named “Instructor of the Year” by the ARRL, and the “2006 Amateur of the Year” by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.

APRIL 17, 2021, 11 AM Pacific Time

Register today for this free online workshop!