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Amateur Radio Technician Level Course and Licensing (HCC-609)

Healthcare agencies often struggle to maintain effective communications during a major disaster. Natural and man-made disasters threaten connectivity by degrading or crippling Internet, cellular/mobile, and landline telephone services across wide areas. Communications among staff, between facilities, and to resources outside the disaster area may be lost for an extended time. The technology is portable, deployable on short notice, and can be powered in a variety of ways to adapt to the crisis’ circumstances.

Amateur Radio operators are able to communicate externally when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged, utilizing links between similar agencies outside the existing coverage areas of public service and commercial communications systems under less-than-optimal conditions.

The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license. With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz. These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area. Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician licensees now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. Technicians may also operate on the 80, 40 and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice and digital modes.

Date(s)  Thu. Sep 28, 2023 08:00 - 17:00 
Location Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition - MAHPC
518 South Allen Rd, Flat Rock NC 28731 
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Building/Room Training Room 
Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access Yes
Offered By Mountain Healthcare Preparedness Region 
Primary Instructor TBD, To Be Determined 
Course Length
Course Hours
Cost to Student $10.00
Award Credentials
Equivalent Prerequisites

This 8-hour course will allow participants to obtain the FCC Technician Class License. There is a test, and the fee for processing the test and licensure is $15 per person.

Maximum Participants 40
# Open Seats 29
# on Wait List 1
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