Licensing 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 2022 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). There is also a $15 exam fee (to take the exam in-person) or a $10 exam fee (if taken online).

Where:
The class 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. In addition, we will have a single in-person meet-up for hands-on practice and demos.

When:

  1. Classes run on twelve Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm.
  2. Class dates are: Sep 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, Oct 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th between 7-8:30pm. If needed, we will use Oct 27th as the fill-in session if a session is cancelled.
  3. We will have an in-person meet-up on Saturday, Sept 24th 10am-11am to get hands-on practice using HT’s, nets, demo radio installations in cars, etc. Location is TBD, but likely an outdoor park or other venue.
  4. The exam session will be done online via a remote VE session. For more information on registering please contact the instructor.
  5. 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 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” as reference material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you get the 5th 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 2022 to 2026. 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.

  • The current Technician Class exam (valid until 30-Jun-2026) draws 35 questions from a pool of 424 possible questions, available here.
  • For pointers to all of the available ham exams, and more information on the Volunteer Examiner program, look here:  http://www.arrl.org/question-pools

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.

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

Please check back for updates!

Additional training slides here:

Technician

General

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