2023 Technician License Course – Fall
You are about to embark in a hobby that is utilized by millions of people around the world! Getting your first license has never been easier and we are here to help you do it! We will help you prepare for your 35 question exam (must answer 26 correctly) and within days of passing your exam the FCC will issue your license and you can get on the air! This is a hobby of hobbies with many frequency bands and over 100 years of technology!
Thank you for enrolling in our Technician (entry level) Amateur Radio course. We will host this course in weekly Zoom meetings. We really look forward to seeing you there! If you cannot attend, please let me know immediately so I can inform someone in ‘stand-by’ they have a seat available.
There are 3 written exams for Amateur Radio license classes. You must pass level 1 to take level 2 and you must pass level 2 to take level 3. Level 1 is the “Technician Class License”. Level 2 is the “General Class License” and Level 3 is the “Extra Class License”. Each level build on the core understanding of the science of Amateur Radio and permits greater privileges. This course is Level 1. Taking a class for level 1, 2 or 3 is not required – many people self-study. The advantages of the class is it provides an opportunity to ask questions of an instructor and learn with others.
How to get a book
We will use the Gordon West Technician Class book for our course, and we do not offer books for sale. Books are easy to purchase at Amazon (Amazon name: 2022-2026 Technician Class Paperback – May 1, 2022, Gordon West.) or at www.W5YI.org.
This course will be online only though Zoom https://zoom.us/
You do not need a Zoom account – we will provide a web link to the ‘meeting’ with a password. Each class will be recorded and a link will be provided to access the recording.
You can join using a smartphone or computer with web-cam.
Each class will be recorded and made available to those who registered using a youtube private link.
When (9 week course)
Tuesday nights 6:30 to 8:30 PM 29-Aug to 29-Oct
Exception: Wk3: Monday 11-Sept, and Monday Wk8 09-Oct.
The course is free. We will use the Gordon West Technician Class book for our course.
HOW TO GET A BOOK FOR THE CLASS:
- Books can be purchased at Amazon org:
- Amazon name: 2022-2026 Technician Class Paperback – May 1, 2022, Gordon West.
$15.00 test fee, payable at time of test (ARRL VEC)
Edmond ARRL VEC offer exams at 9:30 AM with location to be announced, first Saturday monthly. Other clubs in the metro area also offer exams either as ARRL VEC, W5YI VEC or Laurel VEC (all exams are the same).
(NOTE: Exam Fees can change subject to FCC requirements)
We provide this course every spring and fall using a variety of volunteer instructors from our club. Don’t put it off – take the class now or self-study using the class syllabus! If your self-studying please just contact me to purchase a book. This form reserves one of 20 virtual seats we have available.
The course syllabus is available here: 2023 Fall Syllabus.
A course description is available here: 2023 Course Description
We also strongly recommend the use of free practice exams and flash card resources available from http://hamstudy.org
A general introduction is available at www.arrl.org or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio
For more information on getting started in ham radio and licensing: http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training or http://www.w5yi.org and click “About Amateur Radio”
Notice regarding FCC Exam
The FCC requires all new applicants, upgrades, vanity applications and renewals to indicate on the VEC form 605 if they have been convicted of a felony. Form 605 is posted here: https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/support/knowledge-base/fcc-form-605.
A YES will place the application in the “pending file for review” category. Applicants answering YES would have to, within 14 days, provide the FCC with a statement explaining the circumstances, and a statement “giving the reasons why the applicant believes that grant of the application would be in the public interest, notwithstanding the actual or alleged misconduct,” the revised Form 605 instructions state.