Space is still available, but won’t last.
Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm soon, as those who prepare ahead of class do better in class. Learning Morse code is no longer required for any ham license, and you can miss up to 9 questions on the 35-question multiple choice Technician exam and still pass. Exams for General and Amateur Extra are also offered in the afternoon (concurrent with the Tech. exam) for just the cost of the exam session ($5).
These one-day courses are conducted quarterly and are designed to get you your amateur radio technician license as quickly as possible. Those passing the FCC exam typically are licensed within one week (your license info will appear in the FCC database–paper licenses are no long routinely issued, however, you may request a copy from the FCC).
The $75 Study & Exam fee includes instruction (no book to buy), lunch, the exam fee, and two follow-up sessions on the next two Sunday mornings. The follow-up sessions are held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station (27050 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91301). The first covers “What radio do I need?” and the second covers “How do I use and program my radio?” Exams for Tech (and all other levels) are also offered in the early morning of the two Sundays immediately following each quarterly Study & Exam session. If you are looking to upgrade your ham license, General and Extra Class exams are also offered at the same time (pay only the $5 exam fee). Many ham radio clubs and organizations offer the license exam throughout the Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area as well.
Once you have your ticket (license) you can get on the air with a radio that costs as little as $40.
Location for class and exam:
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301
Sunday, April 22, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
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More Locations to Get Your Ham “Ticket”
Yes, we think that those interested in emergency and disaster response and recovery would also be interested in the ability to communicate in times of disaster. That’s why we stress the importance of amateur radio.
Here are some Valley locations where you can take the Amateur Radio license examination.These are “test only” locations so you need to come prepared to take the exam. Attending ham radio club meetings is a great way to learn more about ham radio in general and emergency communications specifically. For other testing locations, dates, and times, visit the Radio License Exam Session page at arrl.org. From arrl.org, you can also search for licensing classes.
If you know of regular classes and/or examinations, especially beyond the Valley in Los Angeles, kindly forward the information to me so that I can include in future notices.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Northwest holds their regular monthly meetings the first Saturday of the month at 8:00 am with the exam-only session at 11:00 am. Exam fee is $15.00 (please, cash only!). Contact Jim Laage, firstname.lastname@example.org, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club, W6SD, holds exam sessions on the first Saturday of even numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December) in the Van Nuys FlyAway second floor community conference room. Contact Jim Sullivan, email@example.com, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.
Van Nuys Flyaway Bus Terminal
7610 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Registrations begins at 8:00 am and doors close at 9:00 am. Exam fee is $5.00 (exact change, please). This is the same location where Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council holds their Emergency Preparedness meeting on the second Saturday of each month, starting at 9:00 am.
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair holds FCC amateur radio licensing exams (all levels, testing only) conducted by ARES Northwest Section.
Testing begins at 11:00 am at this City-wide Preparedness Fair under the Amateur Radio Exams tent located next to the Volunteer Entrance (south side of the Fair). Exam fee is $15.00 (exact change, please. and no checks). Contact Jim Laage, firstname.lastname@example.org, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.
Northridge Fashion Center’s Pacific Theaters parking lot
9400 Shirley Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 am to 1:30 pm for the Fair
11:00 am for the FCC exam session