Get your ham radio license

Anyone who’s ever thought of becoming a ham radio operator has a chance to make it happen.

The Island County Amateur Radio Club is offering a two-day class on the federal rules and information necessary to pass the entry level Federal Communications Commission license exam. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two consecutive Saturday, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, at the Island County Commissioner’s hearing room, 1 NE Sixth St., Coupeville.

The course instructor will provide training on how to be a successful hame radio operator and how to operate a shortwave radio transmitter safely and legally. The course prepares students to take the federal radio exam, which is offered regularly.

“There is no requirement to learn Morse code any longer, so becoming licensed is easier now for young or old,” said instructor Ken Sousa.

Cost of the course is $30, which includes class materials and a license manual.

Ham radio operators throughout the U.S. communicate with other operators around the world and assist with emergency responses to local, national, natural and man-made disasters.

Registration is required. Call Sousa at 360-675-4867 or email him at