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    SATERN Offers Amateur Radio License Course

    SATERN member Tony Slaughter with equipment and other items the group was giving away at a recent event. On Saturday, March 6 SATERN will provide an opportunity for others to learn about and take the licensing exam for amateur radio, which would enable them to help this group serve the Salvation Army in times of disaster.

    Amateur radios require some training and a license to use, but SATERN is providing the training and an opportunity to test for the license on Saturday, March 6.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) of Riverside and San Bernardino counties is offering a one-day amateur radio licensing course on Saturday, March 6.
     The course, taught by SATERN member Paul Hager, takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Redlands Salvation Army Corps, 838 Alta St. in Redlands. An exam session begins at 5 p.m.
    “The class will cover the Federal Communications Commission technician license test,” said Hager. “This is the entry level license and requires only passing the written test we will provide at the end of our course. Anyone with this license can join SATERN as we help the Salvation Army be of service during times of disaster.”
    SATERN members use their amateur radios to stay in contact with Salvation Army teams who help firefighters and other emergency workers on the scene of a disaster, and to help those affected by the disaster contact out-of-town family members.
    They respond all over the world with the Salvation Army, most recently to the earthquake in Haiti. The local members have often assisted in the major wildfires affecting southern California.
    Cost of the class is $6, which includes lunch. There is a $15 fee for the exam.
    Exam participants must also present valid photo identification and either their Social Security number or an FCC-issued federal registration number.
    All class participants are asked to RSVP by contacting Paul Hager at AE6TR@arrl.org.
    For more information go to the website www.satern.net
    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
    The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.

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