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Amateur Radio Licensing Class Returns in October

Published: 9/16/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, Director of Communications

(845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie, NY… The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, in partnership with the Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club, will host a two-day Technician Level amateur radio licensing class on Saturday, October 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 6th from 8 a.m. to noon. FCC license exams will be administered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 6th 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 can communicate across towns, around the world, or even into space without the internet or a cell phone and are essential resources 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 11, 2001 tragedy. Ham radio operators are also deployed to provide essential support during recovery efforts following natural disasters such as fires, floods, or hurricanes.

The training and exam will be held at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, located at 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie. The two-day licensing class is open to the public and free to attend, but pre-registration is required.  It is recommended participants obtain the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition prior to the first session. To pre-register and to learn more, call William Baker at (845) 235-2048 or email View the event flyer.