Ham Radio license classes offered on Whidbey

If you have ever wanted to become a ham radio operator, don’t miss this opportunity. A two-day class on the federal rules and information necessary to pass the entry-level Federal Communications Commission license exam will be offered by the Island County Amateur Radio Club from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 9, at the Island County Commissioner’s hearing room, 1 NE Sixth St., Coupeville.

The course, taught by a knowledgeable club instructor, will provide training on how to be a successful ham radio operator and operate a shortwave radio transmitter safely and legally. The course will prepare students to take the federal radio exam offered regularly by volunteer examiners at monthly Island County radio club meetings.

“There is no requirement to learn Morse code any longer so becoming licensed is easier now for young or old,” class instructor Ken Sousa said. “We will train students how to pass the exam and successfully set up their ham radio stations.”

Radio hams throughout the U.S. communicate with other operators around the world and assist with emergency responses to local and national natural and man-made disasters. The federal radio license authorizing use of a radio transmitter is effective for 10 years before renewal.

The cost of the course is $30 and includes class materials and a license manual.

Registration is required. For more information, contact Sousa at 360-675-4867 or


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