Ham Radio Tech Class at Lafayette Science Museum

Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) with the support of Acadiana Amateur Radio Association (AARA) is offering a 6-week ham radio course every Tuesday at 5:30pm starting September 19th, 2017 at LSM. After the successful completion of the test the student will be awarded an FCC Technicians Class license for ham radio operation. This course is open to anyone and lasts 6 weeks. However, class size will be limited so please sign up early. Course material will be $20 and there is a FCC fee of $15 at the time of testing. Please call the Lafayette Science Museum front desk at 337.291.5544 to SIGN UP for class. Download the Press Release.

Why Ham Radio?

You can communicate from the top of a mountain, your home or behind the wheel of your car, all without relying on the Internet or a cell phone network You can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, hams can swing into action assisting emergency communications efforts and working with public service agencies. For instance, the Amateur Radio Service kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed during the 9/11 tragedy. Ham radio also came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina, where all other communications failed, and the devastating flooding in Colorado in 2013.

You can communicate with other hams using your voice and a microphone, interface a radio with your computer or tablet to send data, text or images, or Morse code, which remains incredibly popular. You can even talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, talk to other hams through one of several satellites in space, or bounce signals off the moon and back to Earth!

Some hams like to build and experiment with electronics. Computer hobbyists enjoy using Amateur Radio's digital communications opportunities. Others compete in "DX contests," where the object is to see how many hams in distant locations they can contact. Mostly we use ham radio to form friendships over the air or through participation in one of more than 2000 Amateur Radio clubs throughout the country. There are over 600,000 radio amateurs in the United States and over 2,000,000 worldwide.

What is Ham Radio?

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Article: Popular Mechanics, 'Why You Should Learn to Love Ham Radio'