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Ham radio class forming in Bertha

Amateur radio operators come from all walks of life - movie stars, missionaries, doctors, students, politicians, truck drivers and just plain folks. They are all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. They say hello to the world in many languages and many ways. But whether they prefer Morse code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio, or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, they all have an interest in what's happening in the world and they use radio to reach out.

Some hams are attracted by the ability to communicate across the country, around the globe, or even with astronauts on space missions. Others may like to build and experiment with electronics. Computer hobbyists enjoy using Amateur Radio's digital communications opportunities. Those with a competitive streak enjoy DX contests, where the object is to see how many hams in distant locations they can contact. Some like the convenience of a technology that gives them portable communication. Mostly ham radio operators use it to open the door to new friendships over the air or through participation in one of more than 2,000 amateur radio clubs throughout the country.

If this sounds interesting, plan to visit St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 1st Ave. SE in Bertha starting on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The class will run for eight weeks including a test session for your FCC license. The cost of the class is free, although you will need ARRL 2nd edition license manual which is $29.95.

If you are interested please call (218) 924-4051 during business hours for more information and to order a book for the first class.