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Among the Darby Adult Ed classes open for signups until Wednesday are four I’m offering to teach. As with all of their classes, 7 or more students have to sign up in order for them to happen. The complete listing of classes is here:
Course Information Spring 2014

Signups are open until Wednesday the 22nd.

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Handy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach. This 2-hour, one evening overview of radios covers walkie-talkies across the yard to ham radios around the world. What radios should you have for emergencies? What do they cost? What do they do? How can you be sure they will be available when you really need them? Regular, non-technical people become Ham radio operators all the time. Should you? If so, how?

Instructor: Ted Dunlap

Instructor Info: Ted is an FCC-licensed General-class amateur radio operator and locally active in emergency radio communication preparation.

Date: Friday, January 31
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Darby Library
one session only – $4 regular / $2 senior

Ted Dunlap is the President of the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) for 2014. He is an FCC-licensed General Class radio operator. He organized and facilitated the free, 5-week course, followed by testing that graduated 6 new FCC-licensed Technician-Class radio operators November 9th, 2013.

In the requests for proposals, emergency communications / radio was regularly requested as a course. I put a one-evening class together for Friday, January 31st. It will cover all the easy stuff people can do in a two-hour session. It also introduces Ham Radio and how accessible that has become to everyday folks.

Not coincidentally we have a FREE ham radio licensing training series beginning the following day. Every Saturday from 10:00-noon for the next nine weeks, we will have a study group preparing for FCC Technician and General Class license tests at the end.

Practically anyone who wants a Amateur Radio License and who attends these study sessions will have one by mid-April.