The Effingham County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Group and the Georgia ARES South-East District will sponsor a one-day training class designed to assist non-radio operators in obtaining their entry level amateur radio license. “License in One Day” The class will take place in Rincon, GA on September 16th beginning at 9AM until 5 PM. This class has an amazing 90% success rate. Registration is required, for more details email teamradioga@gmail.com or call 229-329-4437 The United States amateur radio community has seen a huge increase in licensed operators recently. Until the early 2000s the number of licensed operators remained near constant at around 660,000. Today the number of licensee’s is presently at more than 745,000, a 13% increase and climbing. Many factors that have contributed to this increase including, the FCC dropping the morse code requirement in 2007, the events of 9-11 renewed peoples interest in preparedness, also there has been an influx of very affordable amateur radio equipment and people are looking for a way of giving back to their community. Globally there are more than 2.5 million licensed amateur radio operators. Radio operators play a vital role in emergency radio communications on a local, statewide, national and international basis; operators provide communications resources for everything from a local charity race to assisting the American Red Cross, FEMA, and even the International Space Station. Locally amateur radio operators were stationed at various locations during hurricane Matthew, including the Chatham and Effingham County Emergency Operation Centers and several local hospitals. When all else fails, there is amateur radio! For more information contact Jerome Erickson – KK1JE at teamradioga@gmail.com or 229-329-4437

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