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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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