While great strides are being made in certain areas –emergency preparedness, trained emerg. correspondence, security, education, and skills training– we still see (and hear about) struggles in the aftermath of disaster. New disasters occur from time to time, and there is a need for help for people, even in our own region.
The need for amateur radio communication is still great, especially in spotty cell phone coverage areas, power outages or in disaster.
If you would like to learn more about amateur radio, visit Amateur Radio Relay League‘s www.helloradio.org.
In Floyd, training is ongoing by the folks of Floyd Amateur Radio Society (FARS), and the group has been approved for use as a testing site Floyd Rescue Squad, Station One, 452 Floyd Hwy N, Floyd VA 24091. FARS will host a Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session on October 8th at 10am.
This session will be for testing Technician, General, and Extra Class amateur radio operators. The session will be conducted by Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) VE’s, and the cost is $15.00.
Technician is the beginner class, it is a 35-question test that is rather easy to take and pass. The test questions are multiple-choice and cover frequency privileges, rules, operating techniques, and other elements which are required to operate amateur radio.
General is for the intermediate class operator, this is also a 35-question multiple-choice test.
Extra is the advanced license class for amateur radio. This is a 50-question test covering the rules, electronics theory, operating, and much more.
Did you know that there is no longer a requirement for Morse code related to amateur radio license? That’s right; you do not have to learn “code” to become a ham. If you had interest in amateur radio before but couldn’t get over the Morse code hurdle, now is the time to try again!
It is neither expensive nor difficult “electronics-wise” or “age-wise” to become involved. You may take the practice exams offered at www.qrz.com, www.eham.net and other places online, for FREE. Another place to go to get started is at www.arrl.org. ARRL is the National league to better Amateur Radio and the advisory for laws affecting amateur radio.
If you have any questions, please call Russ Abbey KG4MAV, Secretary for FARS at 651-4072 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom King W4VZH, President of FARS at 745-7742 or e-mail email@example.com. They can help with LIVE training at Floyd Community Amateur Radio Station, at 201 East Main St., suite 9 of the Village Green, or they can provide study books ($23 ea.) and coordinate your learning and testing dates!