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The Fixer wizard 100pixHandy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach.

This 2-hour overview covers walkie-talkies across the yard to ham radios around the world.

What radios should you have for emergencies?
What do they cost?
What do they do?
How can you be sure they will be available when you really need them?

Regular, non-technical people become Ham radio operators all the time. Should you? If so, how?

I am offering one of the classes on the calendar for the Darby Adult Education Spring 2016 session.
Darby School District Adult Educationwhen all else fails

The class currently has 5 people signed up. It will be canceled if there are not 7 or more. Signups are still open. Click the Adult Ed link above to do so.

While a few more people in our community able to share information via radio in time of emergency will make a modest difference to me, it could make a huge difference to each of them, and their families.

Disasters regularly take out power, phone and Internet for extended periods of time. Knowledge, communication and information are hugely important – far more so then than during times of calm and normalcy. Two-way radios fill that crucial void.

Instructor: Ted Dunlap

Instructor Info: Ted is an FCC-licensed General-class amateur radio operator and locally active in emergency radio communication preparation.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Darby Library
one session only – $4 regular / $2 senior

Ted Dunlap is past president of the Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC). He is an FCC-licensed General Class amateur radio operator. He organized and facilitated free, 5-week and 9-week courses, followed by testing that graduated over a dozen new FCC-licensed, south-Bitterroot radio operators in the last two years… many of them with NO prior electronics knowledge.

During this upcoming Adult Ed overview session, if there is enough interest, there will be another series of FREE two-hour classes at one week intervals leading to testing for FCC amateur radio operator licenses.

Participants of this March 24th radio communications overview will pick the day/time schedule for the FCC study sessions, if there is to be one.