How is the class organized?The class is offered on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Dayton Hamvention in Xenia, OH. The entire Technician Ham Radio Course is taught during the day. There is a break for lunch and several shorter breaks. Prior to class, all students will be logging into the On-Line Class self-study facility to get ready for class day.
Just who is the instructor?Mitch Stern W1SJ teaches the Weekend Ham Radio Class. Mitch has been teaching ham radio for 35 years and has helped hundreds of students get their license. When not teaching ham radio, Mitch teaches electronics, mathematics and computer techniques to college and adult students.
What happens after I enroll?You will receive an E-mail with information about the course you are enrolled in. This will also contain log-in information for the On-Line Course and a link to download the workbook. The on-line course is an interactive course you take at your computer prior to class day. You study the lessons and practice exams right from home. You then show up for class and the instructor teaches you the rest.
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?After introductions, we start off with rules and regulations. Not only do we discuss the rules, we discuss why the rules are in place and give you ways to remember them all. We continue on with all of the things you need to know - Procedures, Propagation, Practice, Electricity, Components, Circuits, Emissions, Antennas and RF Safety. We talk about the concepts, demonstrate them on our ham station in the classroom, discuss typical exam questions and then test you with a practice quiz.
When do I take the test?The class concludes at 4 PM. At that time certified Volunteer Examiners (VE's) will administer the test. Upon passing, a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) will be issued. After passing the exam, your license will posted on the FCC database Monday or Tuesday and then, you can go on the air!
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!
If you like statistics, 95% of all students who have taken the course have earned their license.
Do I have to learn the Morse Code?No. The FCC dropped the Morse Code Testing requirement for all amateur licenses, effective February 23rd, 2007.
Other instructors teach Weekend Classes - What's so special about your class?I've been doing longer and better than anyone else in the East! Other Weekend classes show video tapes and serve as nothing more than a review session. The pass rate can often be less than 50% - HALF the students do not get the license and end up frustrated after wasting a weekend. I use well-practiced methods which get results. While taking the 1-Day Technician Course will not guarantee you get a license, it comes pretty close to that. In any case, your instructor will not rest until you get that valued license from the FCC!
Don't put your amateur radio education in the hands of amateurs!
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 really want to take the class, but I can't make the date. When is the next class being offered?I usually offer the 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!
I'm ready to go - How do I enroll?You must enroll in the class prior to classtime! Call me at 802-879-6589 - leave a message and best time to call back. I don't leave messages!
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
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Well, that answers all your questions. So, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? The world of AMATEUR RADIO awaits you. Enroll today!
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