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Renton’s Emergency Communication Service Offers Amateur Radio Licensing Class

May 11, 2009

For more information contact:

Mindi Mattson, Emergency Management Coordinator 425-430-7041
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

WHAT: Renton’s Emergency Communication Service is offering a two-day training for amateur radio operators. This class provides the information necessary for participants to get their amateur radio technicians license. Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a volunteer service opportunity.  Participants, called “hams,” use various types of radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for recreation and public service.  Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications with each other and are also able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications. A license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is required to operate an amateur radio.  The $50 fee for this class includes the manual and FCC testing.  Testing will occur on the afternoon of the second day of class.  FCC amateur radio licenses are mailed to participants following completion of the class. 

WHO:  Renton Emergency Communication Service is a volunteer-based organization that partners with the City of Renton’s Fire & Emergency Services Department to provide support to the community with emergency and disaster communication services.

WHEN:   Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  
WHERE:  Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, Renton, WA 98056-4195

CONTACT:   Mindi Mattson at 425-430-7041 or email. To register, visit the Community Education Lifestyles section of the Renton Technical College website at www.rtc.edu or call 425-235-2352.