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Get On the Air: Ham Radio Licensing Class Coming Soon!

January 11, 2014

If you live in the western NY or northwestern PA areas and have been thinking about getting your amateur radio license, the perfect opportunity for you has arrived!

The Radio Amateurs of Corry, in conjunction with the Corry Higher Education Council, is putting on a class to teach the material needed to pass the technician class amateur radio license exam, and also the basics you’ll need when getting on the air for the first time. This is a great time for you if you have been considering getting your license because you will not be in it alone and will have others to talk with and learn from. With a tech license, you will be able to use the popular VHF and UHF bands where lots of local activity can be found; the 6 meter band, which depending on conditions allows you to talk to friends down the street or new contacts across the country; portions of the 10 meter voice, digital, and Morse code bands on HF; and the morse code portions of the 15, 20, and 40 meter bands.

The class will be held each Monday beginning Feb. 10 and lasting through Mar. 31. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Corry Higher Ed building in Corry, PA.

The total cost for the class is 59 dollars. This also includes an ARRL study book to help you learn the basics and get started. This is really a greatly priced package, to get your license and a book as well.

Peter Albright (AA2AD) is teaching the class, and it is open to anyone age 12 and older.

Your registration and payment are required by noon on Thursday, Feb. 6. If you’d like to register, call the Corry Hi-Ed Council at (814) 664-9405.

I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who has been thinking about getting their ham license but isn’t quite sure where or how to begin. Scanner listeners or anyone interested in radio might also want to take this opportunity.

You can read more by visiting the Radio Amateurs of Corry web site here:
http://www.w3yxe.org

Of course, if you have additional questions about the class or about ham radio in general, you can always contact me via the site and I would be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Don’t miss this opportunity: I’m looking forward to hopefully hearing a few new call signs on the air soon!

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