By Andy McEvoy
Chairman of the Education Committee of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. Chris Bouck, amateur radio call sign KB4CMF, began the entry level course for the Technician License. It started on Tuesday September 13, 2022 and will continue until December.
However, there is still time for anyone interested to join the class. If you are interested in becoming a “Ham”, please contact Chris Bouck at 1-315-429-3927 or by email at [email protected] or Don Peterson (KD2ILO) club president of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. at 1-315-868-3283.
The cost of the course is only $40, which includes the ARRL manual, “The Ham Radio License Manual”.
Anyone of any age who is not a representative of a foreign government may be an amateur radio operator in the United States. There are currently over 700,000 licensed radio operators in the United States.
Many radio clubs assist with community events when radio communications are needed for the security and coordination of an event. Locally, the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. helps with community events such as the Dolgeville Violet Festival Parade, German Flatts Annual Living History Weekend, Utica Boiler Maker 15K Road Race, the Herkimer County Fair, The Pumpkin Patrol – for the New York State Police Troop T – Thruway and other events. Many Club members also participate in the National Weather Service’s “SKYWARN” program, regularly monitoring the weather when extreme weather conditions are forecast. Amateur radio operators are also well known for their communications support in disaster and post-disaster situations.
The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (FHARA) holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Herkimer County 911 Center in Herkimer, NY. The Club also organizes a weekly “NET” on Mondays at 7 p.m. on the frequency 145.110 – PL 167.90. All licensed radio operators are encouraged to connect to the NET.