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HAM Radio License Exam to be Held on October 29th
Free Prep Class Offered October 27-29

Published: 9/13/2023

Poughkeepsie, NY… 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 or during recovery efforts following natural disasters such as fires, floods, or hurricanes. For those wishing to obtain a license or upgrade their existing license, Dutchess County Emergency Response, in partnership with the Mount Beacon Amateur Radio Club, will host an FCC licensing exam at 1pm on Sunday, October 29th at the Emergency Response campus, located at 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie. The exam fee is $15, and upon successful completion, a $35 FCC licensing fee will be charged. Pre-registration is required by October 1st to take the exam.

The exam’s material, which is from the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition, will be reviewed during a free, three-day training course at Emergency Response on Friday, October 27th from 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, October 28th from 8am-5pm; and Sunday, October 29th from 8am-noon. The class is open to the public and free to attend, but registration is required in advance by October 1st. Attending the three-day training is recommended, but not required to take the exam, and registration in advance is required. Participants should obtain and review the manual prior to the first session. View the event flyer.

To register for the review class and exam, or to learn more, call Adam Nowik Jr. at (845) 849-3666 or email To register to take the exam only, call Andrew Schmidt at 845-464-2676 or email