I offer both the On-Line Course and new LIVE VIDEO COURSE. These are both excellent ways to learn the ham radio syllabus without leaving your home.

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How is the class organized?

The class is offered on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Dayton Hamvention in Xenia, OH. The entire General 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 38 years and has helped over 1400 students get their license or upgrade their license. When not teaching ham radio, Mitch teaches electronics, physics, 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. 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 work hard for your General license! Other than that, there is no prerequisite for taking the course. Everything you will need to know will be presented in an on-line study course and live course. Past students have ranged from youngsters to grandparents and from secretaries to electrical engineers.

What happens in class?

After introductions, we jump into learning all the details found in the General Class syllabus. This is NOT a cram session or review session - we LEARN about everything. Not only do we discuss the various aspects of the General syllabus, but we show how they are used and give you ways to remember them all. We continue on with all of the things you need to know - Rules, Procedures, Propagation, Practice, Electricity, Components, Circuits, Emissions, Antennas and RF Safety. We talk about the concepts, demonstrate them, discuss typical exam questions and then test you with practice quizzes.

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. As soon as you have the CSCE, you can operate with your new priviledges. Have the radio warmed up and ready to go after the exam!

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, 90% of all students who have taken the course have upgraded.

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. But consider learning Morse Code later on - it's a great way to work those rare DX stations.

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 succeed and end up frustrated. I use well-practiced methods which get results. While taking the 1-Day General Course will not guarantee you will upgrade right away, it comes pretty close to that. In any case, your instructor will not rest until you get that upgrade.

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

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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There have been  1,502   graduates of the Weekend Ham Radio Class who have earned their license or have upgraded!

March 17, 2021