We've talked several times about coordinating a ham radio class with the local group. They're running a free class, so I'm passing the information along. According to Joe:
For those in the Northern part of the Duchess and of course all of Ulster a free class is being offered on getting your Amateur Radio License.
The new test is multiple choice and there NO LONGER is any requirement for Morse code.
Why would you need a license? If you want to use any of the amateur spectrum, you need one. Thus to use DYI Drones or to fly DYI "Near earth" missions. you will need access to the frequencies and the expanded power ability.
Or just to talk to "cool dudes" like Ed, Jack or others like me ( said tongue in cheek ). Thus this is a chance to get that license for a small investment of $15 ( test fee )
Once again, OMARC and SUNY Ulster are partnering to offer Amateur Radio classes this spring.
We will offer a six-session Technician licensing class for people who are new to Amateur Radio, and an eight-session General Class upgrade class for amateurs who already hold a Technician Class license.
Technician Licensing Class: Thursday evenings, February 21 through April 4, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The classes will meet at the Ulster County Community College campus in Stone Ridge. The FCC examination will be administered at the last session of each class.
For more information and to register, visit the College website: