An opportunity to become a licensed amateur radio operator is coming to Battle Creek this weekend.

The Battle Creek Police Department says that the Battle Creek Emergency Services is hosting Ham In A Day on Saturday, March 9. The event is a self-study course on amateur radio operation, with materials provided for participants to learn all about Ham Radio.

The Federal Communications Commission defines amateur radio as the use of radio frequencies for personal reasons without a financial interest. Anyone can operate in the appropriate radio frequency bands, with the appropriate amateur operator's license.

The HIAD event begins at 8:45am Saturday, at the City of Battle Creek's Department of Public Works building on Kendall St. If you want to take just the exam, you're asked to arrive at 2:45pm with the exam itself starting at 3pm.

Attendants can either test for the Technician license, which allows for communication on bands locally and within North America, or for a General License, which according to the National Association of Amateur Radio "opens the door to world-wide communications."

The program costs $15 at the door. If you're interested, you're asked to register beforehand as space at limited; walk-ins will be accepted, but only is space allows it. Registration can be done at bcesmi.org.