A free class in amateur — ham — radio will be given at the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club’s communications center starting Oct. 18. Participants will also learn some basic electronic skills that are helpful in daily life.
The class will be taught by Jon Perelstein (AI1V) of Stamford and Paul Lourd (WB2JVB) of Wilton. Both are active CERT members in their towns.
With ham radios, a person can communicate from anywhere without relying on the Internet or a cell phone network. While many hams use the radios purely as a hobby, others use them for serving the community. Local clubs provide wide area communication for large events and the radios also supplement communications during CERT deployments.
Classes will take place Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30, Oct, 18 through Nov. 29 (no class Nov. 22) at 100 Fairfield Avenue in Norwalk. (right off Exit 14 of I-95)
Participants are asked to purchase the Amateur Radio Relay League’s training manual for $25. In addition, purchase of an entry level radio at about $30 is recommended to get started right away.
There will be an exam session for the license on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 6. RSVP to Paul Lourd (paul@lourd.com).