This year’s Amateur Radio Technician class was a huge success.
This class started out with nine inquiring applicants and settled with a group of five very interested and focused individuals.
This group attended classes from September to December.
The test date of December 7 was rapidly approaching and every one of the five tech candidates proved to be very dedicated to their goals, to pass the FCC test criteria.
One student went on to take the challenge of the general test that night and passed.
All five passed with flying colors due to the capable instruction and enthusiasm of their instructors, Rick Boutell WB2LBE, Fred Koch KA2hPG, and Dave Robinson N4UAR.
The students have received their call signs from the FCC and are enjoying the skills they have acquired.
The technician class license is designed for beginning level hams.
This is where you will open the door and go inside to the exciting world of Ham Radio and learn more about amateur radio as you progress.
It authorizes you all ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz).
1500 watts of power and these privileges include the very popular 2-meter band.
Many technician licensees enjoy using small 2-meter hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area or operating from just about any vehicle, boat, etc.
Imagine sending live TV in real time over the air or just still pictures over the air.
Technician class Hams may operate FM voice, many digital modes including packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes.
As a technician class Ham Radio operator, you can even make international radio contacts via Ham Radio satellites, and actually communicate directly to hams aboard the International Space Station using relatively simple and inexpensive equipment.
Imagine the thrill of talking to the astronauts, many of whom are licensed “ham radio operators,” aboard the Space Station, talking directly to ham radio satellites in space that relay your signals to earth far beyond your horizon, or just around the block or around the world using your own licensed station and equipment,
Using the computer and Ham radio, you can “talk” using your voice or the keyboard to ham friends or make new ones literally around the world using less power than a 100 watt light bulb.
Hams know how to do this.
Our goal is to provide comprehensive, regular training for the ham radio community around Oswego County.
We primarily conduct licensing courses, but we seek ideas for other types of training as well.
The Fulton Amateur Radio Club plans to conduct another technician class in the fall of 2016.
Redd Swindle, AI2N, will be facilitating a general class starting February 29.
This will be a 10-week course designed for technician class licensees who are interested in obtaining their general class Amateur Radio license.
The class will meet on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Oswego County Office Building across from Mimi’s Restaurant, Route 481 North, Fulton.
The Fulton Amateur Radio Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the County Building, Fulton.
If you would like more information on this hobby, go to www.fultonamateurradioclub.org