During natural disaster emergencies “Ham Radio” operators are at the center of the action – Want to participate?
During natural disasters when the phone lines are down, there is no power and the roads are blocked, besides the police and fire rescue personnel there is another group of residents who rise to the occasion to help get things straightened out as fast as possible. They’re called Ham Radio Operators who use their own communications radios to link areas of the county together as well as link the county to the outside world.
But before you can join this highly effective communicative group you must first get a Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio License. With a requirement that long you might think it’s hard to get such a license but it’s not. There are two ham radio license classes coming up and they’re FREE FREE FREE. All you have to do is show up either Sunday September 15th or Sunday November 10th at the Toledo Fire Station at 285 NE Burgess Road. They run 2-4pm. Yes it is a little technical but it’s not that bad.
Testing is conducted on the first Saturday of the month in Lincoln City and the second Saturday of the month in Newport. The first Saturday of the month it’s at 9am at North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, 2525 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City. The other is on the second Saturday of the month, 9am at the Central Lincoln PUD office in Newport, across from Safeway.
The Lincoln City contact is Carl Somdahl at 503-965-7575 (Carl@OregonCoast.com). The Newport contacts are John Wilson at 541-265-5192 (JL-Wilson@Charter.net) or Carol Moore 541-867-6293 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can download the “No Nonsense Study Guide” from www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual/ and you can take lots of practice tests at www.HamExam.org
To register for the class simply email Mike Eastman, ACS at: ChoirBoy1953@Gmail.com You can also call him at 541-270-4114. Information required is your name, agency if any, your phone number and email. And let Mike know if you’ve had any radio communications experience.