AR Diamond Amateur Radio Club schedules testing

The Arkansas Diamond Amateur Radio Club, along with the Conway County Office of Emergency Management, has scheduled testing for the Federal Communications Commission Technician Level Amateur Radio License.

There will be a review of the test questions from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 29. Testing will start at 1 p.m.

The main purpose of amateur radio is to provide emergency communications during disasters and assist local and state agencies when needed. Amateur radio works when all other methods of communications fail, because it is not dependent on commercial power, or repeaters and towers to retransmit signals.

It is a self-contained unit, and can function alone. It is also a way to visit other amateur radio operators around the world, as well as locally.

Individuals interested in obtaining an FCC license should contact Jim Taylor at 501.940.1182 or [email protected], or Stewart Nelson at 501.354.1556 or [email protected]. Study material will be provided free of charge. There is a $15 fee for testing. The license is good for 10 years.