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Ham Radio Training Offered at Shelby County Emergency Operations Center

Walter Cronkite, Chet Akins, Marlon Brando and Queen Noor of Jordan….what do these famous people have in common? They are all amateur “ham” radio operators!

Amateur radio is the licensed and private use of designated radio bands of purposes of emergency and recreational communications. It is licensed by national governments. The saying goes, “when all else fails, ham radio works!” And there are over two million ham radio operators in the United States.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness HLS/EMA , under the direction of Bob Nations, Jr., is offering amateur “ham” radio training at the Emergency Operations Center beginning Thursday, April 21, 2011. Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., for 10 weeks, Office of Preparedness Reserve Ham Hilliard will facilitate the class to provide information to help the ham radio beginner achieve the “Technician” level license. Hilliard, rated as an “Extra Class” license, holds an FCC commercial license as well as a Technician rating.

The required class book, “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual – Level 1, Technician” is $30 if purchased ahead of time. It can also be purchased on Amazon. The class is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in taking the class, please contact Ham Hilliard by email at to register.


Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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