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Amateur Radio Technician Class

The current 2014-2018 FCC Test Questions expired on June 30th, 2018.  A new 4th edition manual and question pool came out on July 1st for 2018-2022
If you have an older book, it is no longer valid.

Our Technician License Preparation Class covers basic regulations, operating practices, and elementary electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF use.  You will learn how to communicate with other local ham operators, communicate via repeaters, basic emergency communication, participate in nets, and build a basic antenna.  You will also learn correct amateur radio operating practices, etiquette, and safety.

With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz.  These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band.  You will enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in your area and through repeaters.  You may operate FM voice, digital packet (on computers), television, single-sideband voice, and several other interesting modes. 

You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician License operators now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. With this license, you may also operate on the 80, 40, 15 meter bands using Morse Code (CW), and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice, and digital modes.

Our next LARC-sponsored Amateur Radio Licensing Class for the Technician License (initial Amateur Radio operator license, beginner level) is scheduled to begin on January 7th, 2019.  This particular class is a 24-hour long class that is condensed over a three-week time frame, with the Exam scheduled for January 26th.  The nonrefundable tuition for this class is $25 ($15 for high-school students) for 2019. 


Objectives:  Students will learn, understand, discuss, and review material on the FCC Technician Licensing Exam.

Where:  Niwot Fire Station, 8500 Niwot Road,  Niwot, CO  80503  (in Boulder County, just south of Longmont) - Google Map (door to classroom is on lower level, east side, by the short wall - south (to the left) of the large doors for the fire engines)

When: This particular class will include several review / study group sessions, and end with the licensing Exam. (Our usual Technician classes are a month long, running on Monday & Thursday evenings for four weeks.)  This class also includes Saturdays, because it is 3-weeks long.

Makeup / Review dates will be announced in the Syllabus.  If you must miss a class, you must schedule a seat in one or more of the makekup/review/study group sessions to learn the material and see the most-important demos to understand the material for your test. 

This class ends with a VE-sponsored exam session.  The fee for the ARRL VE Exam Sessiont is a separate $15, and is NOT included with the class tuition.

Prerequisites: Desire to become a Ham Radio Operator!  Committment to studying and learning the required material to pass your Amateur Radio exam.

** You must register for this class in advance, as seats are limited.  Seats are not guaranteed until the class tuition is PAID.  **  Tuition is non-refundable.

Required Textbook:  ARRL Technician License Manual, 4th Edition

You may purchase the spiral-bound ARRL Amateur Radio License Manual with a discount from the instructors.  You also may acquire it elsewhere or in other (i.e. electronic) formats, but make sure you can access it in class as well.

Also, be aware that the Technician question pool changed on July 1, 2018; so make sure that the book you purchase covers the current set of questions.  The class book we use covers the question pool that is valid from 2018 through 6/30/2022.  This class normally fills up quickly, so be sure to register and pay your tuition (seat-saver) for this class early!

Preparation and reading of class material is expected prior to the beginning of each class (except for the first class), as specified in the Syllabus and Course Schedule provided on the first day.  You are expected to be at each class, unless other makeup arrangements have been made with the Instructors.  You can also make up a missed class with attending a scheduled Study Group.

The dates for this Technician Class are as follows:

Date Day Time
01/07  Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/10 Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/12 Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
01/13 Sunday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Study Group / Review - optional)
01/14 Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/17 Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/19 Saturday 9:30 pm - 2:30 pm
01/20 Sunday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Study Group / Review - optional)
01/21 Monday

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

01/24 Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/25 Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
01/26 Exam 10:00 am

For more details contact Kat Gonderinger using the email address of W0UM.kat at


Once this class fills up, you will be put on a Waiting List as there are frequently cancellations -- please register anyway, so we know that you are interested!

Registered Students:

# Student Paid   # Student Paid
1 C. Gordon     8    
2 P. Gordon     9    
3 G. Stewart     10    
4 F. Sanchez      11    
5 P. Sperry     12    
6 C. Piekarski


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