Join your friends, neighbors and islanders in obtaining a Technician Amateur Radio License. This two session, intensive class will enable you to pass your FCC Technician License Exam offered at the the conclusion of the second session. About two weeks after the exam you will receive your own call sign from the FCC and be able to operate on the amateur radio bands.
In addition to licenses preparation there will be hands-on time to gain practical exposure to radios. After you receive your license and buy a radio, members of the local club will be available to help you get your radios setup and on the air.
As a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, you will be able to serve your community as well as enjoy a wide range of radio related activities, including:
- Provide Emergency Communications (Map Your Neighborhood, BI Prepares, …)
- Support Community Events (Chilly Hilly and Rotary Auction)
- Using an inexpensive handy-talkie you can use local repeaters all over the US that serve a 50 mile radius
- Communicate with amateur radio satellites
- Longer range communications, using HF frequencies (1-30 MHz) are available for voice or digital communication modes (or even Morse code - if you develop the necessary skills) throughout the world
- Enter contests, collect awards and QSL cards, build antennas and station accessories
The No-Nonsense Technician Class Study Guide, by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, will be used and can be downloaded for free. https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides Be sure to click on the FREE PDF Version of the Technician Class Study Guide.
You can take practice Tech License Exams at ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio at arrlexamreview.appspot.com
This class is co-sponsored by 9BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
Any questions? Contact Ken WA6NFA [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Lionel KI7NNi [email@example.com] or Brent AE7DY [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Class Fee: $25 for Members and BARN Guests
A $15 (cash, check or money order) will be collected on January 28th (the last session of this class) for those taking the FCC Test.
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages: Ages 14+
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for you to store your lunch!
Lionel, K7BIX, is a regional coordinator and instructor for the Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County CERT programs. He first learned the importance of radios in emergency communication while working as a New York City paramedic in the 1980s. Lionel enjoys sharing his passion for amateur radio, and is excited about promoting radio as a means of connectivity on the island.
Ken, WA6NFA, has been a ham since his teenage years. This hobby has lead to EE/Computer Science Degrees and a career in tech at a variety of Silicon Valley companies. He enjoys sharing his passions and interests with others and has taught professionally at Cal Poly, maker spaces and after hours, industry sponsored courses. On the ham front, he is active on HF using CW (morse code) and digital modes.
Brent, AE7DY, recognized the potentially lifesaving value offered by Amateur Radio communications during an emergency, which motivated him to earn his ham license. A professional career in IT and networking led him to a focus on the Digital Modes of the hobby in addition to Emergency Communications. He enjoys equipping others with radio communication skills and introducing them to the fun and fellowship offered by the ham radio community