Amateur Radio General Class ‘a Huge Success’

FULTON – This year’s Amateur Radio General Class was a huge success.

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Steve and Anita Vibbert focus on their lessons during class.

This class started out with nine inquiring applicants and settled with a group of seven very interested and focused individuals.

This group attended classes from February through April.

The test date was rapidly approaching and seven of the general candidates proved to be very dedicated to their goals, to pass the FCC test criteria.

One individual went on to take the challenge of the extra license test that night and passed.

Six of the candidates passed with flying colors due to the capable instruction and enthusiasm of their instructors, Redd Swindell, Sarah Townsend and Ben Townsend.

Our seventh candidate was unable to test on Monday due to work responsibilities but will test soon.

Those upgrading to the general category are: Anita Vibbert, KD2KAG; John McGraw, N2WOD; Michael Weaver, KD2IPY; Jim Weaver, KD2IPZ; Tom Catlin, KD2IUZ; Deb Catlin, KD2IUY; and Garret Wikoff, KC2OZF.

Stephen Vibbert, KD2JSW and Gary Gulliver, KD2CPP upgraded from general class to the extra classification.

Fulton Amateur Radio Club congratulates these new operators on their advancement.

The general 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), 1,500 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 expects to start a technician class in September.

For further information on this class or any class, contact Fred Koch at 652-8441.

The Fulton Amateur Radio Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the County Building, Fulton, across from Mimi’s).

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