A One-Day Ham Class

Have you ever thought about getting an amateur radio license? For some, studying is the obstacle: it takes time that we don’t think we have.

If you’re in the east San Francisco bay area this October, one of the upcoming “ham crams” are just what you need. KIDS are welcome too—age is no limit!

The first is offered by the Benicia Amateur Radio Club, whose very successful One-Day Ham License Class on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 4 PM at the Benicia Senior Center, 187 East “L” Street in Benicia [map]. They are providing two paths: Technician (entry level) and General (for currently licensed Techs). An exam session will be conducted at 4:00pm at the conclusion of the study session. No pre-study is needed, and their success rate is over 90%. Here’s a flyer for their course (PDF).

The second is offered as part of the big, annual Pacificon conference. Their licensing class, included with admission to the conference, will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:00am – 4:00pm at the San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon CA 94583 [map]. The $15 exam follows the class.

Learn how to pass the exam so you can talk with people in far-away places (including the International Space Station). Find new friends with the original social media. Be ready for emergencies.


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  1. For my No-Code Tech and General licenses I used the Gordon West books from Radio Shack. For my advanced I used the ARRL study guide which was really good. And for my extra I studied the question pool with a friend on a Friday and took the test on Saturday and passed including Element 1C. 73 de kd1s

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience KD1S. It sounds like you’re a driven kind of guy.

      Right, (morse) code isn’t a requirement for a Technician class (entry level) license anymore so that definitely makes studying easier. You mentioned Gordon West books. Radio Shack isn’t what it used to be, but I see Gordon West’s Technician Class 2014-2018 study manual with HamStudy software is available on Amazon for about $30. Pacificon uses the Gordon West book too.

      While we’re thrilled that people are inspired to get the highest class of license available, we’re equally thrilled to welcome newbies into the fold. Amateur radio is a great skill to have, and the license allows a wide range of exploration. Plus it’s an amazing and generally kind-hearted group of people. 73 to you too.

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