Learn About Amateur Radio
Radio is an incredible hobby that provides amazing opportunities for
people of any age to learn about all kinds of RADIO, and also serve
their communities through the use of their skills and radio equipment.
From grade-school students through senior citizens, there are
amateur radio operators licensed by the Federal Communnications
Commission after passing an examination, who are having fun building
circuits, radios, antennas, and communicating with friends and
acquaintances by voice, Morse Code, or any of a dizzying array of
advanced data communications systems -- with or without computers, and
often without any infrastructure at all.
in so many different ways it is difficult to list them. Many
start out with a simple and inexpensive hand-held "walkie-talkie"
device, whose reach is amplified many times by repeater stations using
antennas on high towers. Others may use a shortwave
transceiver and a larger antenna, even from an apartment, to
communicate world wide by literally creating an electrical force field
that, while tiny, can be received in just about any continent depending
on choice of time of day and frequency.
Still others are busy
experimenting with microcomputers such as the Raspberry Pi, or the
Arduino, while others are bouncing their signals off of the surface of
the Moon, or using one of our many amateur radio Satellites to make
communications with others thousands of miles away.
everything in our world today involves RADIO in some form or another --
all cell phones and all televisions are at their heart, a RADIO.
And this wonderful hobby allows our participants an amazing freedom to
explore and enjoy all of this technology.
|Youngest known Florida student licensed||9 years of age|
|Opportunities for middle school students||Learn
about electrical SAFETY and radio wave SAFETY; the science of WAVES;
voltage, current and resistance; alternating versus direct
current. Experiment with simple hand held radios. Work
toward the TECHNICIAN FCC License. Observe the mysteries of the secret MORSE code!|
|Opportunities for high school students||Everything
listed for middle school students plus: Understand series,
parallel circuits; Ohm's Law; understand microprocessors and
microcontrollers; build useful circuits that control charging of
batteries, provide interfaces to sound cards and computers to pass
digital signals; experiment with Raspberry Pi systems and begin to
understand computer operating systems. Work toward the
TECHNICIAN and GENERAL Class FCC licenses. Many can achieve the
EXTRA class license. Gain valuable knowledge and experience that will benefit them as they move toward a career.|
|Opportunities for college students:||Turn
book-learning into real experience by building and operating a myriad
of circuits, computers, and microprocessors. Develop and
understanding of the USA Emergency reponse system in local government.
Work toward all available FCC Licenses, even the professional
licenses. Applicable to almost any technical career.|
|Opportuities for Families||A
great hobby to increase the family understanding of all the complex
systems of modern houses and automobiles, while adding backup
commuications sysems and just having FUN! Help youngsters
develop useful and wholesome hobbies that will bring them into contact
with city leaders and help prepare them for careers.|
|Opportunities for Seniors||Find
interesting and challenging ways to keep learning and serving, finding
significance and fulfillment helping others through your new-found
Our youngest participant in our 2021 Field Day was 11 years old and a huge success!
Our Club works
hard to provide opportunities for any person to jump into this hobby,
studying and gaining the knowledge base to participate inexpensively,
courteously and safely. If you would like help in starting YOUR
adventure into amateur radio, give us a ring!
we hold weekend License Courses -- but you don't have to wait!!
There are plenty of materials available for you to begin learning and
moving toward passing that multiple-choice license exam given quite
often by volunteers in the Alachua County area!
The Gainesville Amateur Radio Club provides a list of testing dates proctored by local Volunteer Examiners: https://www.gars.club/Testing.html
are many texts available to get you started as well as online courses
of education including our own North Florida Amateur Radio Club:
ARRL License Manual: https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Radio-License-Manual-Spiral/dp/1625950829
The "Easy Way" Book: https://www.amazon.com/Technician-Class-2018-2022-Amateur-EasyWayHamBooks/dp/1985125641
Gordon West's popular entry text: https://www.amazon.com/2018-2022-Technician-Class-Gordon-West/dp/0945053908
Online FREE Ham study practice exams: https://hamstudy.org/
American Radio Relay League List of Classes: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class
North Florida Amateur Radio Club holds monthly meetings, in persor
and/or on zoom, on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month. For
more information, email docvacuumtubes @ gmail.com
Information conversation begins at 6:30 PM. The meeting,
which almost always includes education, begins at 7 PM. The zoom