By Andy McEvoy

Educational Committee Chairman for the Fort Herkimer Amateur radio Association, Inc. Chris Bouck, amateur radio callsign KB4CMF, has started the entry-level Technician Class licensing course. It began on Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 and will continue through December.

There is still time for anyone interested to join the class, however. If you are interested in becoming a “Ham,” please contact Chris Bouck at 1-315-429-3927 or by email at cbouck01@twcny.rr.com 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 just $40, which includes the ARRL handbook, “The Ham Radio License Manual.”

Anyone of any age who is not a representative of a foreign government can be an amateur radio operator in the United States. There are currently over 700,000 licensed radio operators in the US.

Many Radio Clubs help with community events when radio communications are needed for safety and coordinating an event. Locally, the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. helps with Community events such as The Dolgeville Violet Festival Parade, The German Flatts’ annual Living History Weekend, The 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 “SKYWARN” program, regularly monitoring the weather when severe weather is expected. Amateur Radio Operators are also well known for communications support in disaster and post-disaster situations.

The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (FHARA) conducts monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at the Herkimer County 911 Center in Herkimer, NY. The Club also holds a weekly “NET” on Mondays at 7 pm on the frequency 145.110 – PL 167.90. Any licensed radio operators are encouraged to check in to the NET.