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How to become a community hero “in the making” in one day!

These hams will provide a hugely needed link to the outside world in the event of an earthquake/tsunami one-two punch.

These hams will provide a hugely needed link to the outside world in the event of an earthquake/tsunami one-two punch.

Reliable and comprehensive communications during and after a disaster is absolutely life-saving.

Reliable and comprehensive communications during and after a disaster is absolutely life-saving.

The FREE s March 7th, 9AM to 6PM Newport Performing Arts Center, end of Olive Street, Newport.

The FREE class is March 7th, 9AM to 6PM Newport Performing Arts Center, end of Olive Street, Newport.

There’s an earthquake, or a horrible, horrible storm, or there’s a wildfire that is bearing down on a community and emergency services like police and fire are running around without their normal communications because their towers are toppled or damaged. What could you do – what could YOU do to help ensure that aid and assistance gets to the right people in the shortest amount of time.

You can be on that team if you attend a class that will enable you to get your Amateur Radio (Ham) license so you can join the growing family of hams who will be, without question, THE most reliable communications system within Lincoln County in the event of a disaster that knocks out regular communications systems. It’s been said often, that great big towers and patrol cars and fire trucks full of radios, after a big disaster, are no match for a hundred hams with their hand held radios and a pile of Double-A batteries in their trunks.

So if this sounds interesting to you, here’s how you can join an elite group of men and women, including teen-agers, who know what they’re doing and how to do it well when communications means life and death every hour following a disaster.

All you need is what’s called an FCC Amateur Radio Technicians License. It’s not that hard to get. After a one day FREE class you will pass your test and get your own call sign, just like a TV or radio station.

The FREE Amateur Radio License class is coming up Saturday, March 7th, at the Newport Performing Arts Center, at the west end of Olive. It’s an all day class that runs from 9AM to 6PM, with breaks between segments. It’s an intensive, highly focused introduction to amateur radio, designed to prepare the student to successfully pass a 35 question exam to obtain a Technician Class license.

If you’d like to take a shot at entering this fascinating world of community, regional, national and international communications – especially when lives depend on it, sign up for this FREE class. Contact Mike Eastman by email: ChoirBoy1953@gmail.

Again it’s a FREE class and passing the test is easy after you’ve had the class. The skills you learn will be a gift not only to yourself but also to your family and to your community – skills that will last a lifetime.

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