Course to be Held
A Ham Radio course will be offered in Essex
Junction on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18th,
9am until 6pm each day.
A ham radio license allows access to the Amateur
Radio Service frequencies and the provides the
opportunity to contact over 1 million other ham
operators worldwide. Many amateur operators enjoy
these conversations from their home, car, boat and
even from work.
For recreational boaters, ham radio provides a
powerful communications tool. While VHF marine radio
is configured for short range, ship to ship
communications, VHF ham radio makes use of repeaters
on mountains, allowing boaters in our area to
communicate across Vermont. For example, a boat
travelling under the Crown Point bridge would have
no trouble reaching other ham radio equipped boats
on the Champlain Canal or Richelieu River. In
addition, boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway are
always within range of a network of repeater
stations which extend range and reliability.
For boaters who sail the high seas, a ham radio
license with High Frequency privileges opens the
window to communications with ham radio operators
across the globe. Special Networks exist to keep
track of boaters as they travel. Many a close
friendship have developed during daily conversations
during these crossings.
Just like with marine radio licenses, amateur
radio licenses are issued by the FCC. The most
popular license is the Technician (no-code) class.
This license requires passing two exams with a total
of 65 multiple choice questions on various subject
areas in Amateur Radio. The Technician license
offers operating privileges in the VHF and UHF
spectrum, where contact with other Amateur stations
across Vermont can be made with relative ease.
Operators interested in more frequency privileges
can take more written exams and morse code exams to
gain access to the HF (high frequency) spectrum,
where worldwide communications take place.
Ham radio equipment is comparable in cost to
marine radio units. Part of the attraction of ham
radio is attaining the knowledge to install and to
do minor maintenance on the equipment. This can
certainly be a lifesaver in a critical situation.
The Weekend Amateur Radio course presents an
introduction to the Amateur Service and trains
students to obtain their Technician Class license.
In addition, there are demonstrations of
communications, videos of amateur activity and
discussion of Amateur Radio operation on boats. The
course includes books and study materials with exams
offered at the conclusion. It only takes a few days
to get the license from the FCC, allowing you to
have your ham radio license in time for summer
Pre-registration for the course is required and
students should enroll as early as possible to
receive course materials prior to the start of
class. For information on the course, please contact
Mitch Stern at 879-6589, E-mail: