There are over 750,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States, and the number is growing every day.
If you’re new to amateur radio or just thinking about getting your first license, the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club can help you get started and expose you to the widest variety of operating modes, giving you the ability to see for yourself what your personal favorites are. are.
This fall, the club is offering an entry-level amateur radio course to prepare you for the entry-level amateur radio technician license which allows you to operate on the UHF/VHF bands and a small portion of the HF bands.
In 10 two-hour lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to pass the Federal Communications Commission licensing test. This course is offered free of charge, but there is a nominal fee to process the test and the FCC has a nominal fee to apply for a license.
The class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, September 10 through November 12, at the Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library, 1550 Hassell Road. To register, go to schaumburg.libnet.info/event/6028298 or contact the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club at www.n9rjv.org.
The club will use the American Radio Relay League Ham Radio License Manual Fifth Edition as a study guide. Libraries may have copies available for review, but students are encouraged to obtain their own copy from arrl.org, bookstores, or online vendors.
In addition to running two repeaters on the 2m and 70cm bands, the club schedules activities that inspire members to do something, instead of talk about things.
Members prefer to be on the air, build equipment, participate in public service events, search for hidden transmitters, participate in contests or hold licensing courses. Club members can help you become more active in whatever facet of amateur radio you enjoy most, and you don’t have to learn Morse code.
The term “ham radio” dates back to the days when radio and telegraph communications were by Morse code. Since then many techniques have evolved which have eliminated the need for Morse code, but some amateur radio operators still use it because it is effective and stimulating.
Technologies used today include simple and inexpensive portable two-way radios, digital systems using microcontrollers, small simple to large complex antennas, and even early radios using vacuum tubes. Some enter radio contests where operators try to contact other amateur radio operators with a variety of rules and restrictions to keep it fun. Others are experimenting with advanced technology or an experimental antenna design.
The fastest growing segment is called digital fashion. Originally, digital modes were mechanical systems used to send telegraph-like signals. With the introduction of inexpensive microprocessors, digital modes made it possible to send and receive radio signals by bouncing them off the moon or even meteor trails. Some operate at very low power – it’s not uncommon to see confirmed reports of signals being received at distances over 4,000 miles using 5 watts of power – about the same power as most nightlights.
Some amateur radio operators support local events like marathons, bike rides, or fundraising events. Using hand-held transceivers and rapid-deployment control stations, they provide extra eyes and ears to fire, police and ambulance services during an event.
Although cell phones and the Internet are widespread and readily available, amateur radio operators around the world can provide emergency communications when these services are unavailable.
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