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SIERA to hold radio classes

Staff reports

Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association will sponsor an amateur radio class for anyone interested in studying for the amateur radio license test this spring.

The classes will meet Monday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m., March 19-May 14, at the Minden Medical Center, Highway 395 and Ironwood, Minden.

The FCC radio examination will be given Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m., at the Carson Valley Inn, Minden.

The first session will be an orientation meeting describing “ham” radio and the class. Cost is $19 for the required text book, which will be available at the first class.

All classroom instruction and other required materials will be provided at no cost.

Duncan Insley, the lead teacher, has a degree in electrical engineering and has been active in radio communications for many years. Before retiring, instructor Lynn Brown had his own company manufacturing radios for aircraft. Instructor 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.

Morse code is not required for a beginning technician class license. The class will include the required theory for this license.

The general and extra class licenses require only five words per minute of Morse code instead of the 13 and 20 words per minute that previously had been required. SIERA can offer assistance to those interested in learning the code.

In addition to their hobby, SIERA members involve themselves in the community by providing communications during emergencies and public events, such as the annual Pony Express Reride and the Alpine County bicycle “Death Ride,” among others.

Anyone who is interested may attend the club’s monthly meetings with planned programs and monthly social breakfasts.

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