Ham radio classes offered in Auburn

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To satisfy the growing popularity of the Ham Radio hobby, the Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Club will sponsor free classes leading to the exam for an FCC Technician Class license.

There will be eight two-hour training sessions on Monday evenings beginning March 9 in preparation for the FCC license exam to be held on Monday, April 13.

The classes will be held at the DeKalb County Annex Building, 200 East Tenth Street in Auburn. To obtain complete information and the schedule, contact Dave Southern by e-mail at kc9yy@yahoo.com with “License” in the subject line or by phone at 260-925-1673. Advance reservations are requested to be sure of adequate materials.

Amateur radio licensees are entitled to transmit on a wide range of frequencies and may use numerous modes of transmission including AM and FM voice, TV and Radio Teletype. Hams also enjoy using a variety of digital modes and can enjoy satellite communications including conversations with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The Ham radio hobby is growing worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 700,000 licensed amateurs. A proliferation of modestly priced radio equipment and the elimination of the requirement to learn Morse Code is credited with much of the resurgence of interest.

The class series will conclude with administration of the FCC exam on Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m.

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