Ham Radio - SARA
Shoreline Amateur Radio Association (SARA)
Ham Radio or Amateur Radio is a very useable form communication. Currently there are three classes of License the licenses are Technician, General and Amateur Extra. You don’t need to have knowledge of Morse Code to get or upgrade your license.
With Amateur Radio have the opportunity to talk to other Amateurs all over. Also the majority of the operators are very Friendly and helpful.
In case of a natural disasters, in most cases Amateur radio operators are the first responder to get out from the scene. Also the majority of the equipment can be run off of battery power.
Shoreline Amateur Radio Association and learn how you can use your radio for fun, in case of an emergency and to help the club. To find out more about SARA or Ham Radio contact (to be named). You can also check in on the Wednesday night net if you are a technician or above the frequencies is 146.805 + pl 162.2 Hz.
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Ham radio has been around for over a hundred years. Its popularity has waxed and waned over the course of the years but It has always had a core of dedicated amateur operators who keep the airways alive with the.”dot”-“dash”-‘dot’-dot”of Morse code or the chatter of operators making friends with other dedicated operators all over the world. The HAM radio hobby is having resurgence lately due to the number of natural disasters that have occurred in New Orleans, Haiti, China, and Chili where ham radio was the only method of communication between a stricken area and the world at large.
You require an FCC License to operate a ham radio station but is now easier than ever to earn, Morse code is no longer required; thus simplifying the process of getting your license.
HAM radio is commonly used by boaters who are cruising or crossing oceans and is an excellent back up to other forms of communication at sea, even when coastal cruising or day sailing. Ham Radio also provides critical emergency communications in disaster situations when all other means of communications are disabled or overloaded. CERT and other disaster management organizations recommend HAM Radio Licenses for their volunteers. Every year, Shoreline Yacht Club offers the complete range of classes needed for you to become a licensed radio operator as a Technician, General, or Amateur Extra.