Training Planned for Amateur Radio Ops

The following is a news release from the Southern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Service:

If you've been looking for a new hobby, one both challenging and fun, Amateur Radio (or "ham radio") may be for you. Members of the Southern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SOARES) want to help you get started.
"Amateur Radio has something for everyone," says Kevin O’Dell, club Public Information Officer. "It's a great way to make new friends, participate in severe weather spotting or get involved in public service work during local emergencies. Some people enjoy the challenge of the technology."
SOARES is currently offering beginner Amateur Radio classes starting Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm at the American Red Cross, 1006 Northwest Blvd. In Ardmore. There is no Morse code requirement needed for the entry level "Technician" class license. The class is $35 and includes the textbook and the FCC license test at the end of the course. Volunteers from the club are also holding exam sessions for those who are ready to take the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing test. The cost for the exam is $14.
For more information or to enroll in these Amateur Radio classes or to inquire about testing opportunities, contact Kevin O’Dell at 220-9062 or e-mail at
Today there are approximately 682,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Learn more about Amateur Radio on the American Radio Relay League web site,