What is Amateur Radio?




Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.



Where is Amateur Radio?




Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life -- doctors, students, kids, politicians, truck drivers, movie stars, missionaries and even your average neighbor next door. They are of all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether through Morse Code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, all hams use radio to reach out to the world.



What is required to get started?




Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General, and Extra.

You can learn more about the process and find more information about becoming an operator on the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) page.



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Helpful Article




A future ham (a term for Amateur Radio Operation) that's maybe starting a ham family found a wonderful article for those that are interesting in getting started!

Thank you, Avery *Call Sign Coming Soon* and his family.

Check it out here:

AlertFind: Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications




W5YI Test Sessions




When you're ready to take your test, the W5YI group host test sessions every 3 months.  All Test Sessions are walk-in and begin at 9 am to 11 am (EST) and are located at:

Peabody Public Library

Lower Level Room A & B

1160 State Road 205

Columbia City, Indiana 46725

2020 W5YI Test Session Dates

January 25th                                 April 25th 

July 25th                                           October 24th

For more information e-mail Roger, N9QCL, at n9qcl@arrl.net

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