Sci-Tech Center To Offer Amateur Radio License Course

Before there was Snapchat, email and international texting plans for cellphones, there were ham radios for connecting with people around the globe.
Now, Watertown resident and radio enthusiast Paul H. Barben Sr. said he feels like he’s among a dying breed of hobbyists.
“I belong to the Thousand Islands Radio Repeater Club, and we’re constantly trying to get young blood on there,” he said. “It’s a dying hobby. You got your Internet and cellphones. You’d be surprised the people who don’t know what amateur radio is anymore.”

According to the American Radio Relay League, amateur radio is a “hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment.” A transceiver, power supply and antenna system are needed to connect with other amateur radio stations.....


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