Classes starting soon for those hoping to become HAM radio operators

Those who have an interest in becoming a licensed HAM radio operator are in luck.

That’s because a series of eight weekly, two-hour classes will be held starting Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in the Admiral King Room. Those attending will learn about amateur radio from several “experienced in the real world” instructors in a positive learning environment.

Those interested in learning more about HAM radio and getting their licenses can sign up for classes that begin Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Eisenhower Recreation Center.

Classes are well-matched to adults who have not been in a classroom for decades. The seven evening classes don’t provide much time to learn the basics about radios and prepare for the license test, so a strategy has been developed to help attendees succeed with attaining the licenses.

In the classroom, instructors will use videos, graphic presentations, diagrams, tailored handouts and hold discussions about how radios work. As homework, attendees then are expected to read about 25 pages, watch a video and take a practice test. The material will then be reviewed, explained and discussed during subsequent class times.

To register for the classes, which meet on eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., visit and click the Exams/Class Schedules tab in the upper-righthand corner. The class schedule breaks down as follows:

  • Jan. 15: Welcome to Amateur Radio;
  • Jan. 22: Radio and Signals Fundamentals;
  • Jan. 29: Electricity, Components and Circuits;
  • Feb. 5: Propagation, antennas and Feed Lines;
  • Feb. 12: Amateur Radio Equipment;
  • Feb. 19: Communicating With Other HAMS and Licensing Regulations;
  • Feb. 26: Operating Regulations, Safety & Course Review;
  • March 9: FCC Amateur License Testing Open to All Levels.