Education & Training
es - 2018

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. These include courses for obtaining or upgrading your amateur radio license; Get on the Air (GOTA) classes to give you practical information and hands-on practice; and Auxiliary classes on a wide range of topics of interest to hams.

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 or cost to renew it.

Registration for each license course is required. There is a materials fee of $8.00 for each license course. The required manual and the license test itself also have modest costs. See those sections below.

or License Courses, the entry-level ham license is Technician. The Second license level is General. The highest level is Amateur Extra. You must earn each license class in order. You cannot skip a License level.

Each license course 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.

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

To register for our General Class course, Mar. 22 - May 17, 2018 (8 sessions), go to our
General Class Registration Form
Registration for the General Class is Closed. Thank You!

To register for our Amateur Extra Class course, Aug. 9 - Oct 11, 2018 (10 sessions), go to our

If you have questions not answered on this page,
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License Testing:
License testing will be conducted after the last session of License Classes. See the schedule below. A 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 the Licensing page at  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. 11 - Feb. 22, 2018 (7 sessions)
 License Testing
 March 1, 2018
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Explained
 March 8, 2018
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Practiced
 March 15, 2018
 General License Class (Upgrade)
 Mar. 22 - May 17, 2018 (8 sessions)
        Note: No Class Mar. 29; Easter Break
 License Testing
 May 24, 2018
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     HF Communications
May 31, 2018

Red Cross Disaster Communications and the Amateur Radio / ARES Community  June 7, 2018
HF or VHF/UHF Portable Operations  June 14, 2018
Digital Messaging for Emergency Communications  June 21, 2018
 Salvation Army Church Camp Break (No Classes) June 28 – July 26, 2018
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA)>
     Class canceled.
 Aug. 2, 2018
 Amateur Extra License Class (Upgrade)  Aug. 9 - Oct 11, 2018 (10 sessions)
 License Testing  Oct 18, 2018
 Auxiliary or EmComm Training (Topic TBA)  Nov. 1, 2018
 Annual Instructor/Elmer Team Meeting  Nov. 8, 2018

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. Manuals ordered on-line and prepaid will be available for pickup at the first two sessions of each course.

Note: You must register at least one week prior to the first class session of each course to participate in the bulk purchase. This is needed to provide time to obtain the manuals. If you register after that, you must obtain the manual on your own. See the next paragraph.

are also free to purchase their own textbook from whatever source they desire. The manuals are available on the ARRL web site and on Amazon, including Kindle and spiral-bound versions; 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 (plus shipping).

General Class:        ARRL General Class License Manual 8th Edition. 
                                    ISBN: 0-978-1-62595-030-7.
List price = $29.95 (plus shipping).

                                    ISBN: 978-1-62595-045-1. List price = $29.95 (plus shipping).

General Information
If you are new to Ham Radio it is suggested you wait to buy your radio until after you take the Technician license and first GOTA classes, as some cheap radios advertised as Ham radios are out of compliance with FCC rules. Radios will be discussed and demonstrated at the first GOTA.