Ham Radio

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Two Session Ham Radio Operators Class  -  March 11 and March 18, 4:30 pm RS Room A 

When all other communication systems fail in a major disaster, ham radio can be used to provide communication. Starting next Month on Sunday March 11, at 4:30 pm, Stake Center, Chris Gould (a member of the Stake Emergency Preparedness Committee) will hold a two session ham radio operators class. The class will start March 11. The second session will be held on March 18, with one week off in between. Students will then take the FCC license exam on April 8th. Chris will cover the following:

  1. General principles of radio operations
  2. Types of ham radios, including recommendations for specific radios
  3. Preparing for the FCC license exam.

For those interested in taking the class and for more information please contact: Chris Gould at: gould@usc.edu. All are invited.


Amateur Radio

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosportcontesting, and emergency communication. In cases of a severe disaster when other forms of communication fails, ham radio can provide a invaluable service in maintaining communications. The term “amateur” is used to specify “a duly authorized person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without monetary interest;” and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services

For more information regarding the upcoming class, go to the website: yourfamilypreparedness.com

Information regarding the FCC ham radio licensing exam

  1. The Technician Class and General Class exams consist of 35 multiple-choice questions, drawn randomly from a pool of at least 350. To pass, 26 of the 35 questions must be answered correctly.
  2. Once the exam is passed, the FCC issues an Amateur Radio license which is valid for ten years.
  3. Studying for the exam is made easier because the entire question pools for all license classes are posted in advance.
  4. Chris Gould will direct students to sources for studying the questions in order to pass the exam.

Ham radio in the Thomas Fire  

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club members kept a close watch on the Thomas Fire after it broke out in early December. Using a variety of the club’s analog and digital Amateur Radio assets, radio operators were able to observe fire-fighting efforts first hand and pass along immediate information, often before it was reported by official sources or by local news media. Net traffic consisted of official information, including evacuation orders, live reports on the rapidly approaching fire line from operators who remained inside the mandatory evacuation area, related traffic about firefighting efforts, and wind and weather conditions.