Education & Training
es - 2017

The Salvation Army
3950 Clayton Road (at West St.), Concord

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club hold education and training classes at the Salvation Army Church at the above address. See the schedule below. The courses are run by unpaid volunteers. Morse code is no longer required for an Amateur Radio License. Your Ham Radio License is good for ten years with no testing to renew it.

Registration for each license course is required. There is a materials fee of $6.00 for each license course. The required manual and the license test itself also have modest costs. See those sections below.

or License Courses, each student must have full access to a copy of the required manual (see below), both in class and outside of class for study.  In addition, handouts and homework assignments will be sent by email in PDF format in advance of each class session. These MUST be printed, completed (for the homework) and brought to each class. Some material will be sent ahead of the first class, hence the need to register before coming to the class.

Auxiliary classes do not have a manual, but may have handouts.

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License Testing:
License testing will be conducted after the last session of License Classes. See the schedule below. An FCC-mandated additional fee applies. Currently, that fee is $15.00.

License testing is also done most months just before the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club meetings. See  for details & exceptions.

Class sessions normally begin at 7:00 pm sharp and end by 9:00 pm. The first class session of each License Class begins 1/2 hour earlier, to provide for registration, manual & materials distribution and other administrative necessities.

 Technician License Class (1st License)
 Jan. 12 - Feb. 23, 2017 (7 sessions)
 License Testing
 March 2, 2017
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Explained
 March 9, 2017
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Practiced
 March 16, 2017
 General License Class (Upgrade)
 Mar. 23 - May 18, 2017 (8 sessions)
       Note: No Class Apr. 13; Easter Break
 License Testing
 May 25, 2017
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     HF Communications
 June 1, 2017

 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (HT & Repeater ops)  June 8, 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Skywarn certification)  June 15, 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (ICS 100-700 Review)  June 22, 2017
 Salvation Army Church Camp Break (No Classes) June 29 – July 27 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA) Aug. 3, 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA)  Aug. 10, 2017
 Technician License Class (1st License)  Aug. 17 - Sept. 28, 2017 (7 sessions)
 License Testing  Oct 5, 2017
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Explained
 Oct. 12, 2017
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Practiced
Oct. 19, 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA)  Oct. 26, 2017
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA)  Nov. 2, 2017
 Annual Team Meeting  Nov. 9, 2017

Required Manuals
Each License Class student is required to have access, in class and out, to a copy of the appropriate manual, as listed below. The manuals include the entire question pool, with answers, for the relevant test. Auxiliary classes do not have a manual.

Upon registration, students will be given the option of participating in a bulk purchase of books, tax included with no postage and handling, for $28 delivered. If you register late your book may not be available until the second class.

are also free to purchase their own textbook from whatever source they desire. The manuals are available on the ARRL web site, including a Kindle version, and at Ham Radio Outlet in Oakland, among other sources.

Technician Class:   
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition.
978-1-62595-013-0. List price = $29.95.

General Class:        ARRL Ham Radio License Manual - Level 2 General, Eighth Edition. 
                                    ISBN10: 0-978-1-62595-030-7.
List price = $29.95.

General Information
The entry-level Ham license is Technician. The 2nd license level is General. The highest license level is Amateur Extra.

We have hands on training after the classes. GOTA is "Getting On The Air" after the TECH class. HF is after the General Class. See the Schedule above.

If you are new to Ham Radio it is suggested you wait to buy your radio until after you take the TECH license class, as some cheap radios advertised as Ham radios are out of compliance with FCC rules.