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.



Beginning March 28, 2018, 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 May 2 and be followed by an examination session on Wednesday, May 9.

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 $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 Carl Morgan, K8CM, (k8cm@arrl.net or 513-422-9384).

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 February 11th and continuing through April 15th.  There will be no class on April 1st (Easter Sunday).  A Greene County VE Test Session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd 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 61 located at 2195 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 anyone you know who may be interested in earning an amateur radio license or upgrading.  All current Technician Class hams are encouraged to consider upgrading to General Class and the Greene County General Class Course provides an ideal opportunity.

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Henry Ruminski W8HJR by email at Henry.Ruminski@wright.edu or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at (937) 232-9272 (leave message if no answer).

73, Henry Ruminski W8HJR

Coordinator, Greene County License Courses


MARA (Miamisburg)

Jack Melke KM8N and Eric Flasher W8KKF will be teaching a technician Ham class at Miamisburg Masonic Temple 116 South Second Street starting February 14th (Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday) starting at 06:00 – 08:00 pm. The course will run approximately 5 to 6 weeks with a “Free” exam at the end of the course.

You can contact Jack by email at triton48@woh.rr.com if interested in joining the class. There is no Cost.



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.


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, March 21, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Verity Lodge, Miami University-Middletown, Middletown, OH.

Doors will open for registration at 6 p.m and examinations 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 of any certificates of successful completion of
examination (CSCE) they may hold, positive (photo) identification,  and Licensee ID number (FRN) .

Exams are free …  No test fees will be collected

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.

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).


On March 28, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Dayton Amateur Radio Association will host a Amateur Radio Test Session at the DARA Clubhouse in Classrooms 1&2.  This is a Laurel VEC Test Session and is always free and all walk-ins are always welcome.  The clubhouse address is:

6619 Bellefontaine Road  Huber Heights, Ohio 45424

Please do the following prior to testing:

  1. If upgrading, please bring your original or copy of your amateur radio license for verification.
  2. Bring the original and a copy of any CSCE or other paperwork which will be submitted for prior credit.
  3. A government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license).
  4. Please obtain a free Federal Registration Number (FRN) at:
  1. If you require a special need please notify POC two weeks prior to test date.

David A. Crawford, KF4KWW 


A Greene County VE Test Session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd 2018 at 6:00 PM. in conjunction with the completion of their Technician, General and Extra class sessions.


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:


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

ARRL    KY4KY.com    QRZ.com    W5YI