The Medina Two-Meter Club’s upcoming amateur radio classes are not over and out despite a licensing issue related to the partial government shutdown.
The club, started by local amateur radio operators in 1975 who just liked to ham it up, said it is still looking for others who are interested in squawk sessions. The group will offer classes for those who are interested in getting their radio licenses.
“The Medina Two-Meter Club is dedicated to public service, education and fellowship,” said Jane Reed, president of the countywide organization.
Reed said 10 people have shown interest in taking the course as of right now.
This interest is in spite of the partial government shutdown that has put amateur radio license applications in limbo.
“Well, hopefully by February this nonsense will be over,” Reed said.
“This is only the 10th of January. It would have to go another three weeks before we cancel classes.”
According to the National Association for Amateur Radio, the Federal Communication Commission is not processing any amateur radio applications as the shutdown approaches its fourth week.
A statement on ARRL.org said the FCC suspended most operations Jan. 3. For radio amateurs that means that while the Universal Licensing System, or ULS, continues to accept applications for all valid purposes, the FCC will not review or act upon them until the funding stalemate is resolved.
Amateur radio newcomers who have passed the required examinations will have to wait until the shutdown concludes to receive a call sign and authorization to operate. License upgrades are also on hold.
Currently, the FCC is operating with 262 of its 1,437 employees.
Reed said the Medina Two-Meter Club fulfills the public service aspect by providing technology and means of communication to affected areas in times of disasters and helping out with local bike races.
The meetings of the club with more than 65 members are held at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Office of Older Adults or the Medina County Career Center.
What better way to fulfill the group’s education goal than to provide classes to educate those who are new to the world of radio and to help them gain their licenses.
“The club has offered classes from time to time since the beginning,” said Reed. “Club members teach the classes. Most of us have taught classes before.”
Class dates and locations will be determined soon and will be published at www.W8EOC.org.
“Three or four of us break the chapters up based on our experience and interest,” said Reed. “We use the most current AARL Ham Radio License Manual for the introductory class leading to the technician license. We will administer the 35-question, multiple-choice, FCC licensing test during the last session. Tests will be graded immediately thereafter so participants will know whether they have passed everything that evening.”
The course is free except for a test fee. It will be held once a week over the course of several weeks.
More information on the organization, classes its offer, and to find out dates, times and other course details, visit www.W8EOC.org.