Have you ever wished, during a storm, that you could get a local traffic report for where we live? Do you wish that you had a cell phone that worked where you hike and ride, just in case? Have you ever lost phone service for days and wished that you had some kind of backup available? Amateur radio might be your answer.
Amateur radio, or "ham" radio, is the original electronic, social medium. Modern ham radios fit in a pocket and with a modest investment in gear, anyone can communicate with other hams from a few to many hundreds or even thousands of miles away, without depending on cell towers or internet infrastructure. Hams communicate by text, voice, and video, and when radios share a frequency, they are literally networking.
April 2 & 3 the SC4 Amateur Radio Club will hold a two day, licensing exam prep class in Pescadero for everyone who would like to get their Technician's license. A class fee of $25 includes text book and study materials, and the class is taught by your neighbors here in the South Coast, South County area. The class runs from 9:00 to 4:30 each day and we cover the entire pool of questions that may be on the exam over two days. The following Saturday you may take your exam in Sunnyvale ($15 exam fee). Other days and locations are available for exams: email for details. There is no Morse code requirement to get a license. For more information, or to register for the class, please contact Peter at email@example.com or phone 747-0316 before March 28. For information about the SC4 Amateur Radio Club, please visit http://www.sc4arc.org/.