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CERT to offer amateur radio training

Waimea’s Community Emergency Response Team will sponsor an amateur radio technician two-day class for beginners, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturdays, on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11, at Annunciation Church Parish Hall. The deadline to register is Sept. 15. No prior experience needed and no equipment needed — must have first level license to talk on a ham radio. The class is free for class and handouts; there is a $15 (cash only) charge for the FCC test, which will be administered at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11.

CERT is made up of community volunteers who work closely with Hawai’i County Civil Defense and other first responders during emergencies. This class will train community members interested in providing communications during emergency and non-emergency times.

With the recent hurricane Isella and Julio experience in mind, the island was fortunate to be able to maintain most communications with cell phones, land lines, computers and walkie-talkies. If the damages were more severe, as it was in parts of Puna, the community might have to depend on walkie-talkies and ham radios. Trainer will be Milton Nodacker, AH6I, Amateur Extra Class, ARRL registered instructor. To register, call Tina Stuart (WH6ENJ) at 333-2250.