Computer Science students at ULM earned amateur radio licenses during the two-day “HamCram” session March 4-5.
Rachel Downs, Terri O’Banion and Aaron Miyahira were taught and tested by written exams the basics of amateur radios, electricity, electrical circuits, radio wave propagation, antennas, radio operating regulations and electrical and mechanical safety.
The United States Federal Communications Commission issues amateur radio licenses to those who pass the technician, general or extra class examination. Students will receive a paper copy of their license in March.
After their licenses appear in the U.S.F.C.C online Universal License System, the students will be able to use available radio frequencies to transmit to licensed technicians.
Paul D. Wiedemeier, ULM Assistant Professor of Computer Science, holds the general class amateur radio license KE5LKY and attended the sessions to support the students.
“I am very proud of Rachel, Terri and Aaron for their accomplishment and commitment to providing communication services during times of emergency and natural disasters,” said Wiedemeier.