Thursday, January 12, 2006

Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter!

Tuesday evening, I embarked upon a journey that I haven't taken in about 9 or 10 years. Tuesday evening, I began teaching a Technician class license course.

In South Plainfield we have, according to QRZ and HamCall (as well as FCC records) about 50 or so licensed Amateur Radio operators. Maybe five have shown interest in becoming involved with public service communications for the town. A ten percent turnout is definitely disheartening.
So the group of five decided to do something about it. We advertised a Technician License course in the local town newspaper. At an introductory meeting in December, 11 folks showed up. At that time we took the opportunity to explain a bit more about what Amateur Radio is, what it can do; and why we were offering the class.

Six of those eleven people showed up for the class Monday night. I was happy to see so many people show up with so much enthusiasm for Amateur Radio. Over the next 9 -10 Tuesday evenings there will sessions covering every aspect of the hobby needed for these good people to pass their tests and get their licenses.

My hat gets tipped to the ARRL for offering "The Now You're Talkinig" text and associated study materials. Like I said before, the students are showing enthusiasm and a "wanting-to-be-there" attitude that tell sme that this is going to be a ton of fun.

73 de Larry W2LJ

1 comment:

Dan KB6NU said...

Very cool, Larry.

Here in Michigan, I'm taking it upon myself (as the section's Affiliated Club Coordinator) to encourage those clubs are not offering a Technician Class course to start one.

In addition, I'm also hoping that more clubs will offer General Class license courses. I think one of the problems we have in ham radio right now is that Technicians get stuck in a situation where just about all they can do is talk on a repeater. If that's all you can do, then ham radio gets boring real quick, and they quickly set their HTs on a shelf and forget about it.

With a General Class license, ham radio is a lot more interesting. Furthermore, with the knowledge gained by taking a General Class course, they will have the tools they need to become successful and active amateur radio operators.

I'll be teaching my third General Class course in February. I'm looking forward to it.