Radio classes to be offered by SIERA |

Radio classes to be offered by SIERA

by Dorothy Uebele

Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association (SIERA) has been committed to sponsoring radio classes since the club’s inception 12 years ago.

SIERA again will sponsor a beginning class for anyone interested in studying for an Amateur Radio license. The classes will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m., Sept. 23 through Nov. 18, at the Minden Medical Center, Highway 395 and Ironwood, Minden. The official FCC examination will be given Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden.

The first session will be an orientation meeting describing ham radio and the class. The only cost associated with the class with be $19 for the required textbook. All classroom instruction and other required materials will be provided at no additional cost.

Duncan Insley, the lead teacher, has a degree in electrical engineering and has been active in radio communications for many years. Before retiring, Lynn Brown had his own company manufacturing radios for aircraft. Bruce Pfeiffer has years of communication experience, first as a radio operator in the Navy and later as a participant in the National Traffic System. He volunteered for four years at the Nevada Department of Emergency Management. Currently, he is in charge of reactivating the communication center there.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) no longer requires code for a beginning technician class license. The class will include the required theory for the novice class license and both levels of the technician class license. SIERA can offer assistance to those interested in learning Morse Code.

SIERA members not only enjoy a challenging, multifaceted hobby, but also serve the community by providing communications during emergencies and public events. Many members enjoy assisting with communications for the annual Pony Express Reride, the Alpine County bicycle “Death Ride” and other community events.

An open club, SIERA holds monthly meetings with planned programs and a monthly social breakfast. Anyone who is interested in the hobby or being prepared to assist in emergency communications is invited to take the classes or to attend any of the SIERA general meetings or breakfasts.

For additional information, contact Lynn Brown at 782-8950 or Duncan Insley at 267-4223.

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Duncan Insley and Lynn Brown are shown with one of the specialized antennas used in ham radio communciations