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Anacortes Senior College

Ham Radio Principles and Operation

with Peter Witheford



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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 very 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 test 10 sites for radio function and operating procedures. These sites include the Hospital, Police and Fire stations, Salvation Army, and the Anacortes maintenance facility.

There is a county radio club that meets monthly and provides various educational and social events throughout the year. The membership of 150 includes men and women of all ages including some children as young as 10 years old and seniors aged up to 90. In the United States Ham radio operation is controlled by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and requires users to have a license. There are three levels of licensure called technician, general, and extra. Each level requires a short written test and provides increasing privileges in radio usage. Morse code is no longer required to become licensed. By the end of the course, you will have obtained enough information to be eligible to take a test for licensure if you wish. In the course there will be no examination. There will be some reading material provided free to course members.


Peter Witheford, FCC Extra License, 50+ years’ experience with electronic equipment and operating Ham radios.

Jay Ham, FCC Extra License, retired anesthesiologist, 45 years’ experience with electronic equipment, 3 years’ operating Ham radios.

Ann Marie Humphreys, FCC Extra License, Community leader in teaching women to operate Ham radios.

Ken Hunting, FCC Extra License, Career Coast Guard officer and longtime sailor experienced in Ham radio techniques on the ocean.

Lea Nichols, FCC Extra License, Managed an electronics business for many years and longtime sailor experienced in Ham radio techniques on the ocean.

Bob Cummings, FCC Advanced License, Career with Raytheon designing and testing antennas.

Ronald Johnston, FCC Extra License, experienced radio operator especially while traveling.

Richard Rodriguez, FCC General License, A marine Captain instructor, well versed in radio communications of all types as well as rules and regulations.

  • Oct 17 - Nov 21st, 2019
    Thu for 6 weeks from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Anacortes Middle School

2202 M Ave.
Anacortes, WA 98221 Get directions

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