ESD, IEEE, radio club offer free introduction to amateur radio

SOUTHFIELD—The Engineering Society of Detroit, IEEE Southeast Michigan and the Motor City Radio Club will offer “An Introduction to Amateur Radio” on Saturday, June 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Often called the hobby of a thousand hobbies, Amateur Radio got an early start because radio caught the imagination of young experimenters all over the world.  Many of those experimenters pushed the development of radio through inventions freely shared with others who took the next step, and the next! Most built equipment from what they could find or salvage and became the first hacker community dedicated to “do it yourself” and improve it.

This program will explore the history of amateur radio, its foundations, and the surprising results of the work of so many who have built a warm and welcoming community that still cherishes and rewards Its inventors and innovators. The program will also cover a few of the thousand hobbies within amateur radio, demonstrate some facets of the hobby and review the FCC and ARRL licensing process.

The presenter is Kimball Williams, an ESD Fellow, who is IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section information management coordinator.

To register for this free event, visit For more information, contact Elana Shelef, ESD director of corporate relations and educational outreach, at

(Photo by Andromeda321 at Wikimedia Commons.)


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