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:

Free Online Technician License Class

For those interested in obtaining an FCC amateur radio license, the Greene County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (GCARES) is offering an entry level Amateur Radio Technician License class starting Sept. 13.

Because of Covid19 restrictions, the class will be presented on line, according to GCARES Training Coordinator Lyle Steinhardt, KE0CZV.

It will start at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings and run for 9 weeks.

Instructors will present the training using Zoom meeting software which will permit students to ask questions during the session.

GCARES Administration Coordinator John Westerkamp, W8LRJ, who has previously taught using Zoom will manage the course and assist instructors in preparing materials. The class will last until 9 p.m.

There is no charge for the class and Morse Code is no longer required to obtain any amateur radio license. No experience is required and there is no minimum age required to earn a Technician Class license.

The class is supported by the Bellbrook  Amateur Radio Club (BARC), the Upper Valley Amateur Radio Club (UVARC) and the Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Network (XWARN) in addition to GCARES.

To register for a course or for more information, please contact Lyle Steinhardt, KE0CZV, by email at ke0czv@arrl.net. Pre-registration is necessary to receive login information for the class.

The class is based on the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition (Kindle version available) and students are encouraged to obtain a copy.

Special thanks to Ohio ARRL Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, who is making Zoom time available for the course.


You can also try looking at the ARRL Online Class Finder


Test Sessions:

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

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


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)

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The DARA VE Team will be hosting a FREE license test at the DARA clubhouse on August,15th at 10:30 am. Testing for all license classes will be available.

Pre-registration is required to test due to Covid-19.

Anyone interested in attending should email exams.w8bi@gmail.com for a registration form.

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Online test sessions are available through HamStudy.org


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       HamStudy.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   HamStudy.org