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ham class begins in March

I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 15 or 20 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby, Montana library. My track record garnered me the assignment as the local ham club (BARC) education coordinator.

The club has many people who know radio A LOT better than I do, but none who can teach as well. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. Run with your talents.

If you want to print out a copy of the above flier, here is a .pdf of it:



The class schedule:

Welcome to Amateur Radio
FCC, licensing, getting your license
March 16th, 1000-noon, Darby Library
books available from instructor for $30 [+ $3 for spiral bound] (save $10.45 shipping)

Radio and Signals Fundamentals
March 23rd, 1000-noon, Darby Library

Electricity, Components and Circuits
March 30th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

Propagation, Antennas and Feed Lines
April 6th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

Amateur Radio Equipment
April 13th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

Communicating With Other Hams
April 20th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

April 27 no class – library unavailable

Licensing Regulations
May 4th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

Operating Regulations
May 11th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

May 18th, 1000-noon, Darby Library

FCC License Test Session – Tech, General, Amateur Extra
May 25th, 9:30-noon, BJ’s Restaurant meeting room

programming, using your ham radio
June 1st, 1000-noon, Darby Library

practice using your ham radio
June 8th, 1000-noon, Darby Library