Why radios? In most emergencies, the cell phone infrastructure is often down or unusable; radios can be a life-saving resource. In this class, we will discuss basic radio wave theory, commercially available radio options, and communication planning. Students will learn how to fold communications into individual and family readiness plans and decide which types of radios and licenses are needed to develop these plans. A practical demonstration will be provided with live radios and how they function.
Radios are a lifesaving tool during emergencies. Students will learn how to use and properly operate common ham radios and walkie-talkies during normal and emergency situations. Topics covered are radio wave theory, safety, operating procedures, radio programming, power & antenna options, and communication protocols. The course will give detailed instructions on operating the commonly used Baofeng brand of amateur radios. Help with radio programming will be provided during the practical demonstration.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner
DURATION: 3 hours
COURSE FEE: $65
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT: None but students can bring a personal radio for programming
This course will help prepare the student for the ARRL Technician Radio License test by providing a compressed study of the related material. The instructor will give expanded explanations of the difficult concepts and how these concepts fit into a whole picture. Ham radio concepts to be explored are electronic circuits, radio wave (RF) theory, FCC regulations, and safety.
As this is a compressed study course, students are highly encouraged to read and review the ARRL Ham Radio Technician License Manual prior to the course.