MOHAWK — Chris Bouck, educational committee chairman for the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, announced the association will teach an entry-level technician class licensing course from Sept. 18 to Dec. 11.
Classes are scheduled to meet from 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday for 13 weeks at the town of German Flatts building on state Route 5S adjacent to Fort Herkimer Church between Herkimer and Little Falls. Classes will not meet if any Tuesday is a holiday or there is inclement weather.
The cost is $40, which includes book purchase. Instructors can order the book from the American Radio Relay League at cost, which usually is less than the commercial price. The class is open to all ages.
Subjects will include welcome to amateur radio, radio and electronics fundamentals, operating station equipment, communicating with other hams, Federal Communication Commission rules and regulations, operating an amateur radio station, radio wave propagation, antennas and transmission lines, repeaters and radio safety. Many demonstrations will be included to give students hands-on experience.
Each student will be given an “Elmer” list at the end of the course. An Elmer is an experienced ham who has volunteered to assist new hams so they can get their station up and running after they become licensed.
All students that complete the course and receive their license will receive a free one-year membership in the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association. Membership allows paid association operators access to the association’s repeater telephone auto patch and general voting privileges.
The technician class license allows privileges for voice communications almost immediately.
With higher class licenses come more frequencies and modes for operation, such as voice, radio teletype, expanded high frequency privileges, digital modes and packet radio.
Tests are conducted at various locations in the area, including the 911 center in Herkimer. Students can take the exam at any time they feel they are ready to try for their license.
A special test session will be scheduled after the course is completed. Test scores are processed electronically, so the successful candidate can obtain his or her FCC call sign and be on the air in a short period of time.
For information or to sign up, contact Bouck at cbouck01@twcny. rr.com or Don Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.