As we are the Coastal Georgia Radio Science Academy, we should include radio into our science, right? And...there is no better way to do so than by earning our won amateur radio licenses and using the resources, privileges, and frequencies set aside just for the amateur radio service. Beginning the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, we will be utilizing amateur radio in our projects. The first project we are planning for you is an amateur radio enabled buoy that will collect air and water temperature, barometric pressure, and remaining battery voltage. All of that data will be transmitted over an amateur radio network known as Automatic Packet Reporting Systems (APRS) to an internet site where ee will be able to collect it. We will also learn how to analyze the data with spreadsheets. This is a cool project!
For the first semester of this school year, we will be learning all we need in order to pass the FCC exam for the first amateur radio license class, the technician class. The lessons will include the rules and regulations that govern the amateur radio technician license privileges, radio frequency propagation, basic electronics, operating procedures, and more. At the end of the semester, we will have the opportunity to take the FCC exam! I promise, the exam is not hard at all. I earned my first license before I was a teenager, and may others have earned theirs at a younger age than I did.
This ten-week class will begin on Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 6:45pm to 8:00pm, and will be held at Life in Christ Church, 1224 Chapel Crossing Rd, Brunswick, GA, 31525 ( http://lifegoldenisles.church/ ).
Amateur radio is something the whole family can enjoy together, so we have a special offering we hope your entire family will take advantage of. The class fee for the first youth student in a family is $85 and includes the text book, ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th Edition for the family to share. All other youth students in a family is only $50, and any parent who wishes to take the class and earn their license along side their students is free! There will be a $14 fee/person exam fee at the end of the semester.
The course fee is payable on the first night of the semester by check or cash. The exam fee is not payable until the night of the exam.
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