Dave Wickert AE7TD, Horace Hamby N7DRW, and guest instructors teach FCC amateur radio classes (Technician and General Class). A Technician class license allows amateurs to use radio frequencies for emergency communications, family communications, personal technology growth, and to make many new friends worldwide. A General license expands upon the Technician license by adding HF frequencies as additional privileges.
Upcoming March 2019 Technician Amateur Radio Class
Interested in ham radio? Are you looking to use radio as a means of off-grid communications and in the event of an emergency? Ham radio is a good fit for many situations – including that you are just interested in communications and electronics. Hosted at REI Eastgate HQ, Lake Washington Ham Club instructors will be conducting a Spring 2019 Amateur Radio Technician class for the purposes of preparing you to earn your entry-level FCC Technician class ham radio license.
There is no charge for the class itself but there is a cost for the Technician-class study web service located at http://www.hamtestonline.com (approx. $25.00) and there is a $15.00 exam fee. Classes run on two Saturdays plus a middle “hands-on” Saturday.
Class schedule is as follows:
- Session #1, Saturday, March 2nd, 9 am – 5 pm, REI Eastgate HQ, Pike’s Peak Training Room, 15800 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA ; we will provide a working lunch. Topics for the session are:
- An introduction to the technician exam and how to study
Rules and Regulations: FCC defined bands, license privileges, control operators, 3rd party communications
- Basic techniques: simplex communications, band plans, repeaters, running nets, emergency communications, etc.
- How radio waves travel and various modulation techniques (AM, SSB, FM, etc.)
- An introduction to the technician exam and how to study
- Session #2, Saturday, March 9th, 10am – 12 noon, Redmond Presbyterian Church, 10020 166th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052 – we will meet with the Lake Washington Ham Club for demos, Q&A, hands-on, assign elmers if students wish to have a mentor help guide them after being licensed, check-in with student progress, etc.
- Session #3, Saturday, March 16th, 9 am – 1pm, REI Eastgate HQ, Pike’s Peak Training Room, 15800 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA . Topics are:
- Basic electricity; Ohm’s law; Power, Components, AC/DC, Schematics; Test equipment; Electrical and associated physical safety
- Radio wave propagation
- Safety, RF exposure
- Exam session March 16th (same location) after lunch/study break, 3-5pm; we will be offering all levels of ham radio licensing exams, i.e. Technician, General, Extra — $15 exam fee
Each of the training sessions include hands-on work with radios, demos and “nets” with students operating the radios.
Class size is limited to 20 persons so if interested, please register early. Students are urged to sign up as soon as possible for the study service http://www.hamtestonline.com to become familiar with the exam format. To enroll, please send the following to Dave Wickert, AE7TD email@example.com :
(1) your full name,
(2) your email address,
(3) your phone number,
(4) a name for emergency contact and their phone number,
(5) city of residence (so we can link you up with an appropriate Amateur Radio Emergency Services group in your area).
There is no age limit to getting a ham radio license. Kids are welcome to take the course along with their family members. Ham radio is a great family activity.
Depending on availability, existing ham radio operators are welcome to audit the class as a refresher. If so, please include your call sign as part of your enrollment information.
Exam resources available:
Regardless of the study approach taken, we recommend the ARRL “Ham Radio License Manual” (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Radio-License-Manual-Spiral/dp/1625950829/ ) as reference material. Feel free to purchase and study beforehand if you like.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you get the 4th Edition of the book. Earlier editions are obsolete. Likewise, when purchasing the resources below, make sure that it covers the latest question pool, i.e. 2018 to 2022. Some resources are not updated in a timely fashion.
(Note: without any commercial endorsements, everyone learns differently)
- “No-Nonsense Study Guides” http://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/
- Ron Hashiro’s web site provides: (1) Excellent cheat sheet study guides, (2) Pointers to the full set of videos from the Hermosa Beach Valley Ham School (8 sessions with multiple parts in each) http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/license-tech/
- Dave Casler’s set of 38 well-produced videos that cover the entire ARRL Technician Book — this is a great additional resource if you are going to use the ARRL material.
- ARRL materials: http://www.arrl.org/courses-training (both free and commercial products)
- Gordon West Radio School: http://www.gordonwestradioschool.com/ (book available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/2018-2022-Technician-Class-Gordon-West/dp/0945053908/ + online resources with drill and practice software and audio course: http://www.w5yi.org/ “Technician Value Package
- Ham Radio School: http://www.hamradioschool.com/ (book available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/HamRadioSchool-com-Technician-License-Course-Turner/dp/1477595457/ + online resources); again, make sure you order the 2018-2022 edition of the book for the latest question pool information. If you are going to use the book, purchasing the app for $5 is a good investment as the app’s practice tests point to the book page number.
- Ham Test Online: http://www.hamtestonline.com (commercial product), or
a similar non-commercial version is available at: http://hamexam.org
- Ham University: http://www.hamuniversity.com (commercial product)
- Podcast w/ technician class exam material: (audio, non-commercial)
- QRZ Online practice tests: http://www.qrz.com/ht/ (free)
- W5YI Ham Instructor resources: http://www.haminstructor.com/ (sample instructor materials)
If you want to bypass the training and go to the actual exam questions, which are publically available:
- The current Technician Class exam (valid until 31-Jun-2018) draws 35 questions from a pool of 426 possible questions, available here:
- For pointers to all of the available ham exams, and more information on the Volunteer Examiner program, look here: http://www.arrl.org/question-pools
Amateur License Practice Testing Sites
These sites feature free practice tests for the amateur radio license exams.
- Hamilton KD0FNR practice exams
- QRZ.COM practice exams (you must first get a free account)
- eham.net practice exams
- AA9PW practice exams
Good information about ham radio, in general, is available at:
- Ham Radio for Dummies, 3nd Edition (May 2018)(book)
https://www.amazon.com/Ham-Radio-Dummies-Computer-Tech/dp/1119454840/ is an excellent resource to answer the “Why Ham Radio?” question. After you get a license, what can you do with it?
Please check back for updates!
Additional training slides here: