This year the Dayton Mini Maker Faire is going HAM! We’re excited to be expanding our amateur radio exhibits for 2017, so you can literally go from just curious to licensed operator all in one family friendly weekend.
The fun starts with a trip through the Amateur Radio Pavilion hosted by The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). This single large tent will house several amateur radio related demonstrations and hands-on activities. Demo stations will include USB software defined radio (SDR) receiver projects, smartphone apps for amateur radio, and HF/VHF/UHF amateur radio gear. Hands-on FM radio kit building will available free of charge. A communications van and trailer will also be operating onsite to demonstrate tactical radio operations.
Next, get your Technician Class amateur radio license by completing KB6NU’s One-Day Tech Class. This class will teach you everything that you need to know to pass the licensing exam and get started in amateur radio.
The class starts at 9 am and runs until 3:30 pm, at which time the students have the option to take the license exam. There is a half hour break for lunch. The text used is The No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. A PDF version of this study guide is available for free by going to http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/. Please be sure to pre-register for the class!
Now I know what you’re thinking, how can I do the full day Technician Class and still have time to explore the DARA pavilion AND all the other awesome Dayton Mini Maker Faire exhibits? Not to worry! Since we’ve expanded to 2 days this year, you can take the class and plan to see the rest of the Maker Faire on the other day for a full weekend of Maker fun!
P.S. The Dayton Mini Maker Faire team will have a booth at Hamvention this year! Stop by to see our latest projects and get the inside scoop on everything Maker Faire!