SIERA will hold ham radio classes this spring |

SIERA will hold ham radio classes this spring

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., March 13-18 at the Minden Medical Center, located at Highway 395 and Ironwood Dr. in Minden. The official FCC examination will be given Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. at the Carson Valley Inn, in Minden.

The first session will be an orientation meeting describing ham radio and the class. The only cost associated with the class will be $19 for the required text book. 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 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 also offers a separate, optional class in Morse code.

SIERA members not only enjoy a challenging 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 and the Alpine County bicycle “Death Ride.”

An open club, SIERA holds monthly meetings with planned programs and a monthly social breakfast. Anyone who is interested in the hobby or in taking the classes is invited 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.