Press Release – Have you been curious about Amateur Radio but didn’t know where to start? Are you a licensed “Ham” but haven’t connected up with others in our area? Maybe you have taken the test, gotten your first license…and then never followed up and gotten “on-the-air?”
This Friday evening (March 8th) the North East Wyoming Amateur Radio Association (NEWARA) is the amateur radio club that includes Campbell, Crook and Weston Counties is holding a “Meet-n-Greet, Show-and-Tell” meeting specifically designed for those interested in learning about Amateur Radio and how to get started, or connecting up with those that are licensed but not on the air. According to the FCC, there are current over 100 licensed amateur radio operators in Campbell County alone, and that number jumps to closer to 200 in all three counties in this corner of the State.
Those attending will learn about the plans for conducting a “Technician” class (entry-level) this spring, will have a chance to see a variety of radios, ask questions, and learn more about the hobby, including how it is used on a daily basis as well as during times of disasters. Additionally, a technical session is planned to explain how a 35-dollar hand-held radio can be used to communicate long-distances via satellite, and if an amateur radio satellite is making a pass during the meeting, this mode will be demonstrated.
The club is sweetening the pot with a door prize giveaway of a hand-held VHF amateur radio and will have information about the coming year’s meeting schedule, activities, on-air contests and events.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will be in the Ponderosa Room (Upstairs) at the George Amos Memorial Building, 412 Gillette Avenue in Gillette. Most will want to enter from the front entrance on the Gillette Avenue side, but if you need to use the elevator, it’s access Is on the back (west) side of the building. For more information, you can contact NEWARA through it’s FaceBook Page (North East Wyoming Amateur Radio Association), it’s Website www.newara.org, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-689-7477