Saturday, February 18, 2012

Feb 18th B-17 Work Day

Four of our new restoration volunteers spent some time at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum this morning helping run some new wiring to a landing gear light.  Glad to have these guys onboard.  They will be part of the radio team but will also be involved in many other aspects of the project.  Greg, John, Jacob, and Joseph are all active duty Air Force stationed at Fort Stewart.  They are radio maintenance technicians.  And Greg is an amateur radio operator, call sign W5GKB.

Joseph, John, Greg, Jacob

Hard at work on the wing

Technician Class Amateur Radio License Course Announced in Savannah

The Coastal Amateur Radio Society will be hosting a Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator course beginning Feb 28th. This is the Level 1 license. If you've ever thought about getting your amateur radio license, now is your chance. We will teach you everything you need to know to pass the 35 question multiple choice exam to attain your FCC license. And you'll learn a whole lot more during this class. We will provide 12 hours of instruction spread across four 3-hour sessions. No prerequisites required and we'll teach you everything you need to know. Attendance at all sessions is not absolutely required so don't worry if you can't make every session.

Here are the logistics:

Dates: Tues. Feb 28, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Candler Hospital IT Building. 5401 Paulsen St. Savannah

Location Map -

Test Session: Sat. Mar 24, 9:00am at Candler Hospital IT Building (it generally takes less than 45 minutes to take the test). $15 exam fee, cash or check.

The class is free but you should purchase the ARRL HAM Radio License Manual. This is the guide that we will be teaching from. You can find this book at several online sites. Here are a few places to look.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Amazon, Borders. 

American Radio Relay League
Barnes and Noble 

To find out more about amateur radio and what we do as radio operators, check out this website.

Coastal Amateur Radio Society website -

If you plan to attend the class please email at or call me at 912-596-6804 and we'll get you registered. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Looking forward to a great class.

Guy McDonald, K4GTM
DEC Southeast District
ARES Emergency Coordinator
Chatham County GA