Tech Licensing Class In Bourne

Genesis ARS logo The Genesis Amateur Radio Society and Bourne RACES, in cooperation with the Bourne Emergency Management Agency have announced they will hold an Amateur Radio licensing class for the Technician license in March.

The proposed dates are as follows:

  • Friday, March 18, 2011 7PM-9PM 6:30-9:30pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2011 9am-2pm (between a 30min – 1hr break for lunch)
  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 9am-1pm (30 min break for lunch)
  • Testing, March 26 2pm-4pm for all amateur class licenses

(The location is tentative at this time; the class and testing may be held at the Plymouth Airport.)

The Town of Bourne RACES (the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is trying to build a team of amateurs to staff EOCs and shelters in the Town during emergencies and to operate stations from their homes for the monthly RACES nets. RACES operators are a vital link between the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Framingham, the Area EOC in Bridgewater, and the Town of Bourne in relaying vital messages during emergencies.

If you are interested in earning your Amateur Radio license and assisting your town with communications, please join us for these classes. You’ll need to purchase the Technician Q&A manual from the ARRL. The book costs $17.95 plus shipping and handling, but order through Genesis ARS and you can save $0.95 plus shipping and handling. GARS will offer the books for only $17.00; save on shipping and handling.

A second book, “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual” is also highly recommended. It usually costs $29.95, but you can purchase this book for $29.00 with free shipping. If you order both, you can save an additional $1.00.

If you are interested in attending the course, email the Town of Bourne RACES at, then mail your payment to: Genesis Amateur Radio Society, PO Box 230, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 and mention which books you would like to order.

There is a $15 testing fee due at time of testing. ALL REGISTRATION AND BOOKS MUST BE ORDERED BY MARCH 5, 2011.

–Thanks, Genesis ARS

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