Ham Radio License classes and Test sessions

Here is where we will list training classes and test sessions for those wanting to get their amateur radio licensees, or upgrade their current license.

Classes:

Technician/General/ Extra License

The Greene County Amateur Radio License Courses, jointly sponsored by the three Greene County amateur radio clubs (Bellbrook, Fairborn and Xenia) and Greene County ARES, will be held concurrently on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM beginning September 11th and continuing through November 6th. A Greene County VE Test Session is scheduled for Sunday, November 13th at 6:00 PM.

The entry level Technician Class Course will be held in the Training Center at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club Clubhouse, Room 1 Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street in Bellbrook. No prior experience is required and there is no minimum age required to earn a Technician Class license. Morse Code no longer is required for any amateur radio license.

The General Class Course (and the Test Session) will be held in the Training Room at Beavercreek Township Fire Station 1 located at 1298 Dayton-Xenia Road just west of Orchard Lane.

The Extra Class Course will be held in the Training Room at Fairborn Fire Station 2 located at 2200 Commerce Center Blvd just south of Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd (just east of I-675).

Detailed directions to the respective sites will be provided to students upon request.

There is no charge for the courses or for the test session but all students are encouraged to have a copy of the respective ARRL License Manual. Please see note below about purchasing options for a license manual-now also available in Kindle e-book format for computers and mobile devices.

Please pass this information along to any “prospective hams” you know. Also, all current Technician Class hams are encouraged to consider upgrading to General Class and the Greene County course provides an ideal opportunity.

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Bill Watson K8WEW by email at wwatson4@att.net or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at (937) 426-2166 (leave message if no answer).

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PURCHASING OPTIONS FOR A LICENSE MANUAL

1.   ARRL License Manuals may be ordered at the first class session for a special discounted price of $25.  Payment is due at time of order.  License Manuals usually are available by the 2nd class session.

2.   ARRL License Manuals also may be ordered directly from the ARRL Bookstore in Connecticut for $29.95 plus shipping (www.ARRL.org); or from R&L Electronics in Hamilton, OH (www.RandL.com) for $26.95 plus tax plus shipping (or pick up in person-call first to check stock-check R&L website for directions to store).

3.   ARRL License Manuals for the respective class of license sometimes are available at local book stores.  Price may vary.  List price of ARRL License Manuals is $29.95.

Make sure you are purchasing a current edition:

— Technician Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2018

— General Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2019

— Extra Class License Manual must be good for exams taken between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2020

NEW:  ARRL License Manuals also are now available from ARRL and Amazon as Kindle e-books for computers and mobile devices.

4.   For questions about purchasing license manuals, email Fred Stone at W8LLY@ARRL.net.

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General

Beginning October 5, the DIAL RADIO CLUB will offer a six-week class to prepare a candidate for examination in General Class Amateur Radio operator license.  Meeting in Verity Lodge, on the Middletown Campus of Miami University, this class will meet Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9 PM.

Class will conclude November 9 and be followed by an examination session on Wednesday, November 16.

Please note, Morse code proficiency is no longer a requirement for any amateur radio operator’s license

Although there is no charge for the instructional portion of this class, students should be prepared to purchase  a license training manual, and supplies (approximately $25-30) for use in class.

Class enrollment may be limited to twenty students.  For registration and/or additional information, please contact  Beverley Taylor, N8GGE, (n8gge@arrl.net or 513-423-3165) or Carl Morgan, K8CM,  (k8cm@arrl.net or  513-422-9384).

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You can also try looking at the ARRL Online Class Finder

Test Sessions:

An examination session in Technician, General and Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator’s License will be available on Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016 in Verity Lodge, Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, OH,

Doors will open for registration at 6 P.M. and exams will commence shortly thereafter. Please plan to arrive early as all registration activities are to be  completed by 7 P.M.

Applicants must furnish the original and one photocopy of their current license (if any), original and one photocopy of any certificates of successful completion of examination (CSCE) they may hold, positive (photo) identification, and  Licensee ID number (FRN) or social security (SSN) number.

License exams are free, walk-ins welcome and preregistration is not required.

If you are applying for your first license, please go to https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do
and obtain a FRN. This web site is self-explanatory and the FRN registration is free.

Special examination accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the test date.

Additional information may be obtained from Dave Williamson, KD8W (513-424-5819) or Carl Morgan, K8CM (513-422-9384).

Talk-in on W8BLV/R  146.61 (-600)  77 Hz PL

 

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) holds regular test sessions. Check their website for information

The Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club holds regular test sessions as well

you can also try looking at these exam search applications:  ARRL   W5YI


 

The entry level Amateur Radio License is the Technician Class:

The privileges of a Technician Class operator license include operating an amateur station that may transmit on channels in any of 17 frequency bands above 50 MHz with up to 1,500 watts of power. To pass the Technician Class examination, at least 26 questions from a 35 question written examination must be answered correctly. Technician Class licensees also have privileges in four amateur service bands in the HF range (3-30 MHz)


 

Online Resources

Practice exams:

You have to take your license exam in person at a Volunteer Examiner (VE) test session, but you can practice using these online systems using the same question pool as VEs use to make up their exams

ARRL      E-Ham.net       QRZ.Com     HamExam.org

Study Guides:

The Question Pools (lists of questions that are used to make up your exam) for the various license classes are on line at the following websites:

ARRL   NCVEC

You can also find study guides, both online and in hardcopy at a variety of places such as:

ARRL    KY4KY.com    QRZ.com    W5YI