Group wants to bring Ham radio class to Socorro

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The Socorro Amateur Radio Association, a group of approximately 35 active amateur radio operators, is in the process of organizing a “blitz” license training session and would like to know who is interested.

The association meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Socorro County Annex, 198 Neel Ave., across from the Cottonwood Valley Charter School. The club is very active and regularly supports events such as the Chile Harvest Triathlon and other activities that benefit from a team of professional communicators.

The most recent club activity has been the installation of a new amateur radio D-STAR repeater system at the antenna farm on “M” Mountain. This allows widespread voice and digital communication not only nationwide, but also to many foreign countries.

In order to make this system and the group’s older FM repeater available to more amateur radio operators, and to generally give a boost to amateur radio locally, the club wants to hold the training session. This is an activity that will be completed in one weekend and will include 12 hours of training and a period of time to take the required exam. The fee will be $50, which includes all training materials.

Interested community members should email president@socorroara.org to express an interest. The current tentative date is mid-March, but that may change depending on the response to this notice. More information about the radio club is available at www.socorroara.org.