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IRVINE : Free Class Offered for Radio Volunteers

The city is offering a free weekend course on radio theory for residents willing to volunteer as radio operators after a major earthquake.

The two-day course, to be held this Saturday and Sunday, is intended to increase the city’s pool of radio operators that would base themselves at Irvine schools after a large temblor cut or reduced telephone contact, said Frances E. Winslow, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

The training, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. both days at City Hall, will prepare volunteers to pass the Federal Communications Commission’s amateur radio “technician” license classification.

Volunteers would adopt a nearby school and must be willing to commit to the city’s emergency program for two years in exchange for the free radio training, Winslow said.

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The radio operators also must agree to attend three meetings a year during the two years.

“Barring disaster, that would be the only thing required of them,” Winslow said.

The city has about 40 “adopt-a-school” radio volunteers for the district’s 28 schools, but additional volunteers are needed in the event that some are unable to get to their designated school after a big quake, she said.

Volunteers must sign up for the class in advance. Call (714) 724-7149.


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