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Anacortes Senior College

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Ham Radio Principles and Operation


with Multiple Instructors

Calendar Apr 19, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

In this course you will learn about the functions of ham radio operators, the principles of radio operation, demonstrations of ham radios and related equipment, and the FCC regulations. Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, allows operation of special radios to send and receive voice, digital, and Morse code information over short and long distances. Ham operators enjoy recreational communication with current friends and often new friends met over the radio. Hams also serve the community by providing communication ability in case of emergencies and disasters. On Fidalgo Island a group of Hams meet weekly to evaluate ten sites for radio function and operating procedures. These sites include the Hospital, Police and Fire stations, Salvation Army, and the Anacortes Operations Center.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of class, attendees will have a better understanding of amateur radio operation terminology and concepts such as: what amateur radio is, why an FCC license is required and how to obtain one, what radio equipment components are necessary for radio operators to communicate, the role of computers and much, much more.


  • Ann Marie Humphreys, FCC Extra License, community leader in teaching women to operate ham radios. 
  • Lea Nichols, FCC Extra License, managed an electronics business for years and longtime sailor experienced in Ham radio techniques on the ocean. 
  • Bob Cummings, FCC Advanced License, career with Raytheon designing and testing antenna. Jim Irving, FCC Extra License, expert in radio and repeater equipment construction, repair, and operation. 
  • Richard Rodriguez, FCC General License, a marine captain instructor, well versed in radio communications of all types as well as rules and regulations. 
  • Fred Mann, FCC General License, retired physician, savvy with computers and digital equipment. 
  • Jay Ham, FCC Extra License, retired anesthesiologist, 45 years’ experience with electronic equipment, 5 years’ operating ham radios.

How Metalworking Changed Civilization


with Paul Thorne

Calendar Apr 19, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Metals have been worked by humans for over 8,000 years. Without metal tools, hardware, utensils, and weapons, civilization as we know it would be stalled in the Stone Age. The overall impact of metals on civilization, starting with copper, then bronze and finally iron, will be presented. Of all the metals, iron has had the most profound impact on our lives. Blacksmiths are the individuals who work iron into useful objects. This is the story of blacksmiths – their knowledge, skills, tools, and place in history.

Instructor: Paul Thorne. Paul is a master blacksmith with over forty years’ experience in industrial, architectural, and artistic forge work. He currently teaches blacksmithing through group and private classes at his Anacortes studio. You can view his work at

Three Good Movies from Far, Far Away


with Mark Lundsten

Calendar Apr 19, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

We will watch three foreign films: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Japan, 1960), about an independent woman looking for love and financial security in post-war Tokyo; Ida (Poland, 2013), about a young woman preparing to take her vows in a convent when a worldly aunt she has never met takes her on a trip; and, A Separation (Iran, 2011), about a couple with one daughter, the man wants to stay in Tehran but the woman wants to take their daughter and live abroad. Three struggles in three faraway places are all portrayed with compassion, insight, and artistic grace.

In week #1 we will watch When A Woman Ascends the Stairs. We will review and discuss it in week #2. No class in week #3. In week #4 we will screen Ida and in week #5, A Separation. We will review and discuss both those movies in week #6. In classes when we screen the films, weeks #1, #4, and #5, the class will run an extra half hour, until 6:30. All the films use English subtitles.

Instructor: Mark LundstenMark received a BA in English and then spent many years working as a commercial halibut fisherman in Alaska, during which time he made his first movie, Night of the Guano, about how to eliminate bycatch of albatrosses and other seabirds. His last one, a short film called The Bath, played in many film festivals and won a number of awards.

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Our Amazing Constitution


with Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.

Calendar Apr 21, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

An introduction to the unique governmental system created by the U.S. Constitution of 1787. We will explore the principles and operation of the separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and representative democracy—all original experiments at the time! We will also examine how and why it has been modified over the last two centuries, and the political crises we face today. This is the basic civics class that should be familiar to all American students, but which will be far more understandable and relevant to those who have lived under its umbrella for many decades. Current events and class discussions included. Pocket Constitutions will be supplied.

Instructor: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D.  Michael holds a BA in French and an MA in Political Science from the Univ. of Nevada, and a PhD in Political Science from the Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, and was a Fulbright Scholar (graduate study in International Relations) at l’Université de Paris. He was a professor in the Department of Economics, History, and Political Science at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA for 30 years. He has found refuge in Anacortes for the last 20 years.

Understanding World Wide Religions


with Jim Barrett

Calendar Apr 21, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Religion impacts all of us every day: foreign policy, government decisions, social interactions, and the wars we fight. What is religion, why do people believe, where did it come from, and why don’t most people talk openly about it? What are the similarities, the differences, and the benefits to followers of the major religions? What trends can we identify? These and other questions will be discussed as well as your own experiences with religion, in this “no-judgment” course.

Instructor: Jim Barrett, Ed.D.  Jim received his BA from Western Washington Univ. and his masters and doctorate from the Univ. of Washington in Higher Education. He was employed by the UW for 32 years in several Health Science positions and retired as Director of the Dept. of Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources and as an affiliate professor in the Dept. of Medical Education. For the past twelve years he has researched and written on the subject of comparative religion.



with Bob Weathers

Calendar May 12, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Wellness, as defined in this course, is the integrated nurturing of all aspects of our lives and with the natural and built environments in which we live. This course examines relationships among and development of all of these, with emphasis on ways to change behavior for enhancement of well-being.

Instructor: Bob Weathers, Ed.D.  After getting a B.A. in Art from John Brown University, Bob earned a master’s in Physical Education from the University of Arkansas, and his doctorate in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. He then completed a post-doctoral program in the University of Minnesota’s Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene before taking a position at Seattle Pacific University in 1978. During the following 32 years at SPU, Bob led the exercise program and taught a variety of courses – primarily Exercise Physiology and Wellness.

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