The Seneca County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be offering an amateur radio technician license class, beginning Sept. 11.
The class is to meet once a week for nine weeks at the Public Safety Building at the Seneca County Fairgrounds. Sessions are 6-9 p.m.
Scott Rosenberger, emergency coordinator for Seneca County ARES, said the class is being offered for people to gain the basic knowledge needed to obtain a technician class license. The training is free, although participants will need to purchase materials and pay the test fee.
Rosenberger already has taught two amateur radio technician classes in Seneca County and said the success rate in obtaining a license has been nearly 100 percent.
"I love teaching and we've have good success with the classes," he said.
Topics covered include radio equipment, antennas, electrical safety and operating procedures, he said.
Once a person obtains a license, they can work with Seneca County ARES. ARES, he said, works closely with Seneca County emergency public services and also provides communications for events such as parades and festivals.
Other opportunities for those with a license include using local repeaters, HF DXing, digital and data modes, amateur television and Morse code.
"It's a fun hobby and a good public service medium," Rosenberger said.
Rosenberger said there are 100-120 ham radios in Seneca County and about 50 work with ARES in some capacity.
"There's a lot of people involved," he said. "It's a good community."
For more information or to sign up for classes, visit senecacountyares.org or email Ke8jc@yahoo.com.