The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association, or LARA, will be holding a technician licensing class as well as participating in the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree-on-the-Air in October.

Technician licensing class
The technician licensing class will take place 8 a.m to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8 at the Lewisville Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Parkway.

All students who successfully complete the class and testing will receive their first ham radio compliments of LARA along with the license.

Fee for the class is $15.00, which includes the licensing exam fee at the end of the class. The fee is payable in cash, check or money order at the start of the first class session.

There is no age limit for individuals to take this class and test for the technician license. Entrance to the training room is at the rear of the building adjacent to the fuel pumps.

The class will be taught using the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd Edition. Having the manual for the class is not mandatory but strongly suggested. It is also suggested that students review the manual prior to the class sessions. Manuals can be purchased at ARRL.org, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other local bookstores.

Complete the registration form at ltjne.ws/hamreg to register for the class.

Contact Jim Lavin at 214-629-2327 or w5lvc.club@gmail.com with questions.

60th annual Jamboree-on-the-Air

LARA will be hosting two active radio stations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Conner Pavilion in Lewisville Lake Park for the Boy Scout Jamboree-on-the-Air. This is LARA’s second year participating in the event.

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation and in the community. The jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio station.

Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers, including Girl Scouts. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers.

Many forms of specialized communication may also take place, such as video communication, digital communication — much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio — or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay, which is referred to as a repeater.

The exchanges include such information as name, location — or QTH in ham speak — Scout rank, age and hobbies.

The stations participants will be communicating with can be across town, across the country or even around the world. The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations and reached 156 countries.

Mike Reitz, LARA Operations Director said, “All Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and adult leaders are welcome to join LARA at our 2nd annual JOTA event. This is your opportunity to explore the science of Amateur Radio. You’ll be able to work with experienced radio operators and talk to other scouts around the country and possibly the world.”

In addition, there will be Radio Merit Badge counselors on site to work with scouts who wish to obtain the Radio Merit Badge. Please note that it is not possible to complete all requirements during this event.

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.

Questions may be directed to Mike at w5lvc.club@gmail.com.

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