|An amateur radio setup during an annual Field Day event. Photo: Joe Loong.|
Amateur radio communications are also useful managing large-scale events, where you need something more powerful and with more frequency bands than a Family Radio Service (FRS) radio.
There's a natural cross-connect between hams and CERTs, with many folks getting involved in one program and then learning about the other. (I'm one of them: WWW4JOE reporting in.)
You don't need to own any equipment, and you won't need to learn Morse code. See the links below for more information:
Where: Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, Community Room, 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA
When: Weekly, 7-9PM starting Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Dec. 2.
Cost: $50 (includes books and exam fee)
More Information and Registration: See the web site or call 703.969.6615 or email Rich Adamy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: Alexandria Radio Club
Where: City of Manassas Public Works Facility, 8500 Public Works Drive, Manassas, VA
When: Weekly, 7-9PM starting Tuesday, Sept. 30 (Four sessions: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28)
Cost: Free (but students must provide own course materials [$30 + shipping] and exam fee [$15])
More Information and Registration: Contact Mark Braunstein, email@example.com
Sponsored by: The Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club
Register for the classes now and get on the air in 2014!
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Joe Loong, volunteer Social Media Specialist for Fairfax County CERT, is an editorial content and community engagement consultant. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org