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March 18, 2011

ULM students earn amateur radio licenses

University of Louisiana at Monroe Computer Science students 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 exam 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.

ULM Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Paul D. Wiedemeier 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.

Downs, O'Banion, Miyahira and Wiedemeier are members of the newly formed ULM Amateur Radio Club.

For more information about the club or about obtaining your amateur radio license contact Dr. Wiedemeier at, 318-342-1856 or by visiting the club's Web site at

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