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Wazzzat? You're under 18 years of age and you want
your own Amateur Radio (HAM) License? Well
your timing couldn't be better! Check the below
news out from ARRL....

Beginning April 19, 2022, ARRL will cover the one-time $35 application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) program. The $35 FCC application fee will be reimbursed after the ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and the new license has been issued by the FCC. The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer. Also, candidates younger than 18-years old would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam. The $5 fee is for all candidates under the age of 18 regardless of the exam level taken. Proof of under 18 status is required at the session.

Source and further info:

http://www.arrl.org/youth-licensing-grant-program


But if you're 18 or older, then
EARLY 2023 WILL BE A GREAT TIME
TO GET YOUR HAM LICENSE

The DuPage Amateur Radio Club will sponsor three
Amateur Radio Classes:

Technician Class License
This is the entry level license for Amateur Radio where
you will learn the fundamentals of this hobby. 
It’s the place to get started!
We usually offer free ZOOM classes from
9:00 am until noon on consecutive Saturdays,
Dates /Times yet TBD for 2023.
You will need a book "The ARRL Radio License Manual,
4th Edition," which is available at Amazon for about $30. The photo
of the book (upper left) and the text below are both links to Amazon
and they take you right to the page where you can order this manual if
you want to get a head start!

“The ARRL Radio License Manual, 4th Edition”
Click on either if you want to go to Amazon to purchase it.


YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE CLASS
Registration is FREE but NOT open yet for 2023

Just email your name, the class you want (Technician),
email address and phone number to
education@w9dup.org
.
After the last class, DARC will conduct an in-person testing session
The cost of the test is $15, payable on the day of test.
Other testing sessions can be found at the below link:

http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session



The General License
The General License gives you more operating privileges and frequencies, and covers some basic electronics theory which you will encounter as you grow into the hobby. You will be
able to make contacts using Morse Code, Voice, and Digital modes. We ususally offer ZOOM classes from 9 am
until noon on consecutive Saturdays, dates TBDBut.You will need the book, "The ARRL General Class License Manual, 9th Edition," which is available on Amazon for about $30.00 The photo of the book (upper left) and the Title (below) are both links that will take you directly to the page on Amazon where you can purchase the Manual. "Nothing says you can't get a head start by ordering the book now!

The ARRL General Class License Manual, 9th Edition

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE CLASS
But registration is NOT OPEN yet for 2023.
When it does open,
registration is free.

 

Just send your name, the class you want (General), email your address and phone number to this link:

education@w9dup.org

After the last class, DARC
will conduct an in-person testing session

The test requires a fee of $15.00.
Other testing sessions can be found at this link:
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

 



Extra Class License

The Extra Class License gives you all the Amateur Radio
operating privileges allowed by The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC).
It is the highest level license in Amateur Radio, with an emphasis on electronics and radio communications theory.We usually offer 9 free ZOOM classes
on consecutive Saturdays, starting date for 2023 TBD. 

The class is free. 
You'll need this book, (also pictured above left).

“The ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th  Edition”


which is available from Amazon.com for about $30. 
The photo of the book (upper left) is a link to Amazon
(so is the title above). Click on either to go
there and purchase the book if you like.
Nothing says you can't get the booknow and give yourself a head start!

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS
and registration is FREE but NOT OPEN yet for 2023!

Just email your name, the class
you want (Extra), email address
and phone number. Send the info to the below email link.

education@w9dup.org

After the last class DARC will conduct an in-person testing session. The cost of the test is $15, payable on the day of the test.
Other testing sessions can be found at the link below:
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam session


 

Below: Test Day! No Sweat!

 

 





         W9EHQ  BAOFENG  UV-5R

       PROGRAMMING SEQUENCE

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Using the radio’s keypad, the example here will be to program the DARC 2mtr rptr into memory chan. 50.  Buttons pressed will be in RED.   I am sure there more ways to skin a cat, but this works for me.

 

 

Turn on radio

 

With  VFO/MR  select “freq. mode”

With  A/B, move cursor to upper display

With  BAND  select VHF or UHF (in this case…VHF)

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter desired RECEIVE freq. (in this case  145.430 )

 

Press  MENU  + 2  +  MENU 

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select HIGH or LOW POWER

Press  MENU  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  MENU 

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select WIDE

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  1  MENU

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select PL FREQ.  (in this case, 107.2)

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  2  +  5  MENU

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select OFFSET DIRECTION  (in this case  - )

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +MENU

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter OFFSET FREQ  (in this case  00.600)

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  2  +  7   MENU

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  select memory channel location  (in this case  50 )

Press  MENU  +  EXIT   (radio voice confirms RECEIVING memory channel)

 

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter desired TRANSMIT freq.  (in this case  144.830)

Press  MENU + 2 + 7 + MENU + MENU + EXIT  (radio voice confirms XMIT freq)

 

Programming complete for this channel. Now to display what you have done…..

 

With  VFO/MR  select Channel mode in upper display

(1) Press  A/B  to move cursor to upper display

Press  UP/DOWN  ARROWS to select Channel # desired

(2) Press  A/B  to move cursor to lower display

Press  UP/DOWN ARROWS to select same channel # as displayed in upper display

(this Chan. # will be the small # to the right of the Freq. display)

So when the Channel # (top display) and the channel # next to freq. (bottom display)

agree, you now know what freq is in that particular memory channel.

Note: items 1 & 2 above can be reversed if you forget what is in each memory channel but know the freq. you want.

 

Also note: Assuming your channel# (upper display) and corresponding freq. for that channel (lower display) match, with the cursor is next to the channel #, the freq. displayed on the bottom display will be the RECEIVE freq. ,even when you transmit.  However, if the cursor is next to the bottom freq. display, and an offset freq. has been programmed, when you transmit, the TRANSMIT freq. will be displayed.

 

Good Luck!
  Thanks to Murray, W9EHQ

 

 
for easy to read .pdf file of these instructions!

 

Learn How to Solder PL-259 Connectors
with DARC's own Murray, W9EHQ!

 

 

Want to learn about Antenna Planning for Small HF Stations (and even larger ones)?

Click the box below to download a POWER POINT
of Jim Brown's Wonderful
Power Point Lesson about the subject.

 
Don't have POWER POINT? Click the button below
for a .PDF Version of the Power Point!
 
Thanks to Jim Brown K9YC
Check out all his stuff at
http://k9yc.com/publish.htm

Are you interested in Propagation and Antennas?
If so, join the Navy, they're interested too!
So much so that the link below will take you to
part of a Naval Course for Electronics Techs
and you might find it very interesting!


And another shout out and "Thanks" to
The Villages Amateur Radio Club 
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For their permission to link to items on their
very nicely done website - nice work by

K4VRC

Rich Erlichman