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The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, in partnership with the Mount Beacon and QSY Society Amateur Radio Clubs, will host a two-day Technician Level amateur radio licensing class on Saturday, April 21st from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 22nd from 8 a.m. to noon. FCC license exams will be administered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 22nd and are open to all wishing to obtain a license or upgrade their existing license for a $15 FCC exam fee.
Amateur radio or ham radio operators are equipped with the ability to communicate across towns, around the world, or even into space without the use of the internet or a cell phone, proving to be an essential resource during emergencies. For example, amateur radio services kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed during the September 11th tragedy. Additionally, ham radio operators provided essential support during significant natural disasters, such as support during significant natural disasters including the recent deployment to Puerto Rico to assist the American Red Cross with relief efforts following Hurricane Maria.
The training and exam will be held at the Dutchess County Department of Emergence Response, located at 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie. The two-day licensing class is open to the public and free to attend; however, pre-registration is required. It is recommended participants obtain the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition prior to the first session. To pre-register and to learn more, call William Baker at (845) 235-2048 or email KC2LIX@hvc.rr.com