Earn your Technician Amateur Radio License in a Review Class at Near-Fest!

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2010, 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

To find out more information about the Technician Class held at Near-Fest,
send a note to Mitch, W1SJ or call 802-879-6589 weekday afternoons.


How is the class organized?

The class is offered on Saturday morning, May 1st at Near-Fest in Deerfield, NH. This is a 3 hour review session prior to the Exam Session at 11.

Just who is the instructor?

Mitch Stern W1SJ teaches the Weekend Ham Radio Class. Mitch has been teaching ham radio for 27 years and has helped hundreds of students get their license. When not teaching ham radio, Mitch teaches electronics, mathematics and computer techniques to high school, college and adult students.

What happens after I enroll?

You will receive a package containing course information, a workbook and access to an on-line pre-training course. The pre-training course is a multimedia presentation of an entire Technician course and you will use it to learn the material. The workbook will instruct you to read certain pages in the textbook and then answer fill-in type questions. In the process of looking up the questions and answers in the textbook, you will begin to learn some of the basic amateur radio concepts. You then show up for the review session and we go over some of the more difficult areas.

What do I need to know before taking the class?

You need to know that you really want to be a Ham Radio Operator! Other than that, there is no prerequisite for taking the course. Past students have ranged from youngsters to grandparents and from secretaries to electrical engineers.

What happens in class?

We start off with a sample Technician Exam to let me know what areas you are weak in. Then we go over those areas so that you know them well. We will also go over some other techniques for test taking so that you can relax and do well.

When do I take the test?

The class concludes at 10:30. You'll have a little time to relax and catch your thoughts. At 11:00, Volunteer Examiners (VE's) will administer the test. They then tell you that you have passed and will give you a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE). After passing the exam, your license will posted on the FCC database in a day and then, you can go on the air! The actual printed license will arrive arrive from the FCC in a week or two.

C'mon, be real, can you really teach all this in 1 day?

Ask the hundreds of hams to date who have successfully completed this course and are on the air! <

Do I have to learn the Morse Code?

NO !

The FCC has dropped the Morse Code Testing requirement for all amateur licenses, effective February 23rd, 2007.

How do you do it (teach the class, that is)?

I use an old ham family recipe! Actually, there is no secret - hard work and dedication are used to see that everyone does well. My job isn't done until you're on the air. Even then, you can still call with questions.

I'm ready to go - How do I enroll?

You must enroll in the class prior to classtime! To enroll, contact me by E-mail at or by phone at 802-879-6589. I will go over the enrollment and course details. It is imperative that you enroll as soon as possible to allow time to learn the material prior to class. Don't wait!

I really want to take the class, but I can't make the date. When is the next class being offered?

I usually offer a full 1-day Technician class in April and November in New England. I also have a program called the ON-LINE CLASS where I appear on your computer and conduct an amateur radio class right in your home, anytime you want!
But don't delay! NOW is the time to get your HAM LICENSE!

What is this ON-LINE course you speak of? How does it work?

Through the power of computers and the Internet, I have come up with a way to come right to your home (via computer) and teach you Ham Radio! The ON-LINE course features slides, pictures, diagrams and lectures from your teacher! You get to ask questions, take practice tests and get feedback and encouragement. It is almost as good as coming to the live class. However, the ON-LINE course is not for everyone. You will need a fairly modern multimedia computer and reliable Internet connection. You will also need to be able to make sure you do all of your lessons and homework to be successful! Learn more by going directly to the

What does this cost?

The course includes the 3 hour course, access to the on-line course and the workbook. The cost is $69. This is a large savings over the 1 day Technician Course!

Well, that answers all your questions. So, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? The world of AMATEUR RADIO awaits you. Call 802-879-6589 or E-mail to today!


I love to speak to each and every potential student before they take the course. However, your time may be limited or you might not reach me by phone. In those cases, you can enroll directly through this site. Go to the enrollment page.

There have been  702   graduates of the Weekend Ham Radio Class who have earned their license!

April 22, 2010