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Ham Radio 101 – The Why & How to Getting Started with Amateur Radio!

  • Ages:
    Gradeschooler, Teen




Welcome to Ham Radio 101 where you will learn the why’s and how’s of Amateur Radio!

During our time together we will focus on the following topics:

What is ham radio and how does it work?
Why would someone want to become a ham radio operator?
How does someone become a licensed ham radio operator?
What are the benefits of belonging to your local amateur radio club?
What are some emergency situations where ham radio operators have benefitted their community?

This class will be a good mix of discussion and slides. Learners do not need any previous knowledge or experience.

This class will introduce students to a unique hobby that will improve their communication, technical, and emergency response skills. It will also grow their circle of friends, and help them to become more self-reliant and of great value to their family and community in emergency situations.

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Provider Tom Bickmore


Carrying on the legacy of his brilliant grandfather, (who taught radio and radar courses at various US Navy training facilities when not overseas during WW2, as well as being a chief engineer for several commercial radio stations, with a 108 ft Ham Radio tower in his back yard) Tom has been a licensed Ham Radio operator for over a decade. Tom is an electronics whiz who has built his own functioning Ham Radio equipment and towers. Tom is excited to share his passion for Ham Radio with you through his knowledge and skills and prepare you to pass the ham radio test and obtain your very own ham radio license. (No age requirement for obtaining a ham radio license)

Tom is also a career finish carpenter with meticulous attention to detail who specializes in high-end finish carpentry. Tom has supervised full home builds from the ground up to completion. Lately, Tom's projects include building several escape rooms as well as restoring historic museums. If you would like to learn the tips and tricks of the trade, tune in to Tom's carpentry classes!

Some of Tom's greatest passions are Science and Space and he would love to share these with your learners through his Space Technology and Rocket Launch classes, his Kerbal Space Program Classes, and more!

Tom has extensive experience teaching, leading, and mentoring youth and is anxious to inspire the young people who attend his classes.

You will find Tom to be an engaging and intelligent teacher, armed with an abundance of dad jokes and witty comments.

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