Amateur radio class begins on Tuesday in Ravenna

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The Portage County Amateur Radio Service Inc. is sponsoring a class for anyone interested in obtaining his or her initial amateur radio license.

The course will be held in the PCARS facility in the Die­trich Building (beneath the antenna tower) at Family & Community Services Inc., 705 Oakwood St., Ravenna, on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The course starts on Tuesday and will run for eight weeks.

At the end of the course, all students will take the FCC authorized examination for the Technician License.

The classes will be taught by licensed amateur radio operators who will also be able to mentor students on all aspects of the hobby, including setting up their own station, equipment purchases, antenna design, and so on.

Amateur radio has changed greatly with the use of digital modes of communication.

The Technician License is the entry level license class. It comes with all the on-the-air privileges that will enable students to communicate with other amateur radio operators in the area and over great distances, either via the airwaves or the Internet.

Amateur radio offers the chance to assist the community by participating in emergency communication operations. The Technician License is of particular benefit to members of the public safety forces.

The cost of the class is $25, which includes a one-year membership in PCARS, plus $30 for the textbook, which will be available for purchase the first night of class.

More information is available from PCARS President Tom Sly, WB8LCD, 330-554-4650, or wb8lcd@portcars.org, or at www.­portcars.org.

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