Beginning February 5, Wilkes Community College will offer an amateur radio course.

The course is being offered on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Thompson Hall Room 133.

Amateur Radio often called ham radio, allows “hams” to communicate with each other for public services, recreation and self-training.

This course will enable students to earn a license to speak with people in foreign countries via shortwave radio, communicate with astronauts onboard the space station, participate in on-the-air contests, and provide communications for public service events.

This course is being taught by David Ritter, an amateur radio operator who has been licensed for 50 years.

Registration for the course is $25, which covers a seven-week program leading to the technician class license.

Pre-registration is required by calling 336-838-6516.