Free coursework offers path to amateur radio license

Coursework is available this month to become a licensed ham radio operator.

The Greene County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be hosting the license courses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays starting Sept. 10 until Nov. 5. 

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The free coursework starts with the entry level Technician Class, being offered at the training center at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Clubhouse, Room 1 Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 S. East St., Bellbrook. 

No experience is necessary and it is no longer a requirement to know Morse Code to acquire an amateur radio license.

West Chester Amateur Radio Association president Dennis O'Neill operates a Yaesu FT101EE at the WCARA club station WC8VOA at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. WCARA is recruiting members of all ages to learn how to operate ham radios and join the shortwave radio club. CONTRIBUTED (HANDOUT)

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The General Class meets at the Beavercreek Township Fire Station 61, 2195 Dayton-Xenia Road. 

The Extra Class will be offered at the Fairborn Fire Station 2, 2200 Commerce Center Blvd., Fairborn. 

Testing for licenses is scheduled to happen at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Fairborn Fire Station 2.

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To register, send an email to or 

For more information, visit the GCARES website here.

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