Could Your Ham License Be a Ticket to Afghanistan?

On LinkedIn, which is kind of like Facebook for professionals, there is an amateur radio discussion group that I belong to. One of the latest posts is titled, “I have information about radio telecommunications jobs in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The author says:

I know of three (3) different companies that are hiring in Afghanistan/Iraq. Radio Telecommunications Support, Satellite installations, and electronic circuit anaylsis. An Amateur Radio background is very much desired for all of these .

I was curious about these claims, so I Googled, “radio telecommunication jobs iraq afghanistan” and did indeed come up with several sites listing jobs in Afghanistan, including:

On the Indeed.Com site, there was a listing for “Afghanistan Radio Technician.” Here’s the job description:

This position is based in Afghanistan (Kabul International Airport or Kandahar Air Field) and requires a 12 month commitment to the contract. Personnel must be capable of performing their duties in challenging environmental and working conditions, with extreme temperature ranges and long, STANDARD working hours consisting of 12 hours a day / 7 days a week.

This post is a radio technician with special emphasis on maintaining the theatre’s ground-to-air radio system known as Air Command and Control (Air C2). Individual will perform radio maintenance within Regional Command Capitol and will deploy to Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and Regional Command Headquarters (RCs) to conduct Air C2 and radio maintenance. Post installs, maintains, overhauls, repairs, and modifies fixed, mobile, and transportable transmitters, receivers, transceivers, and related equipment. Included are amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, single sideband, and independent sideband radio systems and equipment for point-to-point and ground-to-air communications; facsimile receivers; low frequency, high frequency, very high frequency, and ultra high frequency radio systems; radio frequency amplifiers; recorders; keying and signal devices; generation and display equipment; and base radio and pager systems.

This listing did not include the pay scale, and of course, you’d have to be able to get a security clearance. I don’t think I’ll be sending them my resume, but it might be an opportunity for some of you out there.

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