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HAM radio and Rogue River hiking on learning institute agenda

Published on October 13, 2015 1:57PM

Amateur radio and the Rogue River Trail will be on the agenda when the Oregon Coast Learning Institute continues its fall semester on Tuesday, Oct 20, in Gleneden Beach.

At 10 am, Kempton Hewitt will present “Ham’s Rise Again! The Surprising Resurgence of National Amateur Radio Service.”

Hewitt will explore why the federally regulated Amateur Radio Service (“Ham” radio) is experiencing a fresh new wave of interest and activity.

“In part this is explained by the need for reliable but non-governmental global communication” he said, “the extraordinary advances in electrical engineering of radio telemetry and the romance of being able to talk to others around the world with an inexpensive radio, a home-made antenna and an old car battery — regardless of infrastructure shutdowns or natural disasters.”

Hewitt will describe the various service aspects of amateur radio, demonstrate a communication link with minimal, portable equipment and review famous cases in recent history where Ham operators have been at the cutting edge of national and international crises.

The learning will continue at 1 pm, when Fred Bowen will give a presentation on hiking the 40-mile Rogue River Trail. Thousands of people each year enjoy hiking and rafting through this area that was designated a Wild and Scenic River in 1978. Bowen’s slideshow will focus on the experiences of the Gold Beach High School students that hiked the trail annually from 1970 until 1995.

The learning institute meets at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, 7760 Hwy. 101, Gleneden Beach. Membership is $75 for the year and guests are always welcome to try one session free.

For more information, go to www.ocli.us.

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