Classes

Dave Wickert AE7TD 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 Technician 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. The Lake Washington Ham Club instructors will be conducting a Fall 2020 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 (~$25). The Lake Washington Ham Club is a reseller of the Ham Test Online Technician web service. More information is available here for $20. There is also a $15 exam fee (to take the exam in-person) or a $10 exam fee (if taken online).

Where:
All sessions will be held online via Zoom meetings. Students will be sent Zoom information once registered. Recordings of the class will also be available for review and study after each session.

When:

  1. Classes run on twelve Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:15pm.
  2. Session dates are: Oct 27, 29, Nov 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, (skipping Thanksgiving on the 26th), Dec 1, 3, 8 between 7-8:15pm.
  3. The exam session will be done online via remote VE session on Wedn Dec 9th or Friday 11th 7-9pm PDT. Alternative dates around that time will be discussed the first day of the class.
  4. An optional “How to choose a radio” session will be held after the class to help newly licensed hams select a radio for their particular situation. The session will also include tips and tricks for programming your radio.

If done in-person, each of the training sessions include hands-on work with radios, demos and “nets” with students operating the radios. We try to give a comparable experience in our Zoom meetings where possible.

Class size is limited to 40 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 contact Ron Poole KF7YHQ, email: snwbird1111@gmail.com or via phone at: 425-625-2112

Registration needs:

Full name
Phone number
Email address
Emergency contact Name and phone number
City of residence

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, as a long term resource, we recommend the ARRL “Ham Radio License Manual”  (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Radio-License-Manual-Spiral/dp/1625950829/ ) as reference material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you get the 4th Edition of the book. Earlier editions are obsolete. Likewise, when purchasing the resources below (or using them as study aids), please make sure that it covers the latest question pool, i.e. Technician 2018 to 2022. Every four years the exam question pool changes. Some resources are not updated in a timely fashion. 

Good general information about ham radio is available at:

Other study aids, in addition to our recommended Ham Test Online web service, are:

If you want to bypass the training and go to the actual exam questions (this is not recommended — we advise a drill and practice approach of Ham Test Online), are publically available here.

Amateur License Practice Testing Sites

ARRL now features a web site with free practice tests for the amateur radio license exams. Check out this article. New

These sites feature free practice tests for the amateur radio license exams.

Please check back for updates!

Additional training slides here:

Technician

General

Extra

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