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If you have an FRS/GMRS radio, those “walkie-talkies” you can purchase
just about anywhere, the second Sunday of each month
is a great time to test them out.
At 9:45 am, we meet on-the-air using channel 5.
With fully-charged batteries (or fresh non-rechargeable ones,
depending on the radio) turn it on and set it to channel 5
and listen for net control to call for check-ins.
When you hear that announcement, press the talk button
and say your name and location, and then release the button
and see if you hear a reply.
Due to the very limited range of these radios in the city
(do not believe the distance claims on the package),
don’t be surprised if you hear no response, and be even more surprised if you DO!
Being outside in the clear, and as high as safely possible, yields better results.
These “blister pack” radios may be our best bet for close-in (2-3 blocks) communications
after the Big One knocks out our landlines,  cell towers,  power, etc.
Of course, ham radio is another means of emergency communications, with significantly greater range, for those who are licensed
(see Norm’s licensing class).

1 day study class & exam session 2015
Fee:  $55,  included meals and exam,  no books to purchase

October 18  9 AM to 4 PM
Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station,  Assembly Room
27050 Agoura Road,  Agoura,  Calif 91301
Two follow -on classes Open to Students and Hams $10 each
9 AM to 12 PM  Sunday Mornings following Exams:

Sunday October 25th:  What can a Ham radio do ?  What do I need ?
Sunday November 1st:  Hands on:  how to use a radio

For more information contact Norm or Naomi Goodkin at:
http://HamClass.goodkin.net
HamClass@Goodkin.net
818-222-7893

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