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Wahkiakum ARC offers radio class

The Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club will host a series of class meetings to prepare citizens for their Amateur Radio License, also known as a ham radio license. The course is free. To get more information or to sign up email the club at

The course will meet every Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m., beginning October 4 and run for the next six weeks. The last day, November 15, they will offer the test to earn your Technician FCC Amatuer Radio license. The class will meet at the River Street Meeting Room in Cathlamet for most of the sessions, at the Wahkiakum High School Radio Room for one session, and at the Puget Island Fire Hall for another. Moving session locations around will allow participants to learn about the county Emergency Operations Center, the relief radio room at the high school, and the kind of equipment available in each of the county's fire halls.

The instructors will make sure participants learn the material to prepare for the test, and to operate once they have their license. Participants are encouraged to purchase from American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a copy of the Technician "Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition" so they have something to review when at home. It is linked here:

ARRL also offers a free online video learning series at:

ARRL has free online practice test registration at:

This course is designed to prepare people for emergency communications if the cell phone system goes down; if they want to talk with folks further away than the Family Radio Services allow and further away than Citizens Band radio allows. The course is family friendly. For more information or to sign up, email the club at

To see Amateur Radio in action, visit the team operating in the "Salmon Run" from the Wahkiakum HS baseball fields on Saturday/Sunday September 17 and 18.


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