Education & Training
es - 2020

January 9 through May 28, 2020:
Trinity Lutheran Church
2317 Buena Vista Avenue
                                    Walnut Creek, CA 94597

June 4 through October 20, 2020
Community Service Room
Concord Police Dept.
1350 Galindo St
Concord, CA, 94520

The Trinity Lutheran Church (TLC) in Walnut Creek, together with the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club, hold education and training classes at the Trinity Lutheran 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.

See our Getting Your First License page for details on our recommended study method, the question pool and other important information.
Click these links to go to a specific section on this page:

Registration for each license course is required. There is a materials fee of $10.00 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. See our License Class Description page for more information on them. We offer Amateur Extra courses in even-numbered years only, as there isn't enough demand to hold one every year. 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. Sharing is fine, but you must have enough access to it for in-class reference each week and homework 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.

Register for the Following Courses & Classes:

Each Thursday, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27, 2020 (8 sessions)

* Technician Class License Testing
Thursday, March 5, 2020 (1 session)

* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #1
Thursday, March 12, 2020
(1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #2
Thursday, March 19, 2020
(1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

Each Thursday, Mar. 26 - May 28, 2020 (9 sessions)
(Note: No class April 9, due to Easter Break.)

Beginning June 1, all sessions will be at this location:
Community Service Room
Concord Police Dept.
1350 Galindo St
Concord, CA, 94520

* General Class License Testing
Thursday, June 4, 2020 (1 session)

* General Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)
Thursday, June 11, 2020
(1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

* Emergency Comm Readiness
Thursday, June 18, 2020 (1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

Emergency Communications FLDIGI Training
Thursday, June 25, 2019 (1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

Introduction to DX
Thursday, July 30, 2020 (1 session)
Thursday, July 09, 2020 (1 session)
(Note the Date Change.)
Free! All are Welcome.

* Portable Operations
Thursday, August 6, 2020 (1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

Each Thursday, Aug. 13 - Oct 22, 2020 (10 sessions)
Each Tuesday evening, Aug 11 - Oct 13, 2020 (10 sessions)
(Note the change of dates!)

* Extra Class License Testing
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

This course will be held at:
Community Service Room
Concord Police Dept.
1350 Galindo St
Concord, CA, 94520

If you have questions not answered on this page,
send an email to:

License Testing:
License testing will be conducted the week after the last session of License Classes. See the schedule above. 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 our License Testing page for details & exceptions. Other locations also offer testing.

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

See the above Registration section for the dates of all sessions.

The Annual Instructor/Elmer Team Meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

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. Be sure to obtain the correct version of each manual! The manuals expire every 4 years to update the question pool.

Students are 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. We strongly recommend that you not obtain your manual from such sites as Ebay, Craig's List and similar sites, as the manual you receive may not be the current version.

Technician Class:   
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition.
                                   Spiral Bound version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-082-6. List price = $32.95 (plus shipping).
                                   Kindle version: ASIN: B07DFSW94G. List price = $19.99

General Class:        ARRL General Class License Manual 9th Edition. 
     Spiral Bound version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-106-9. List price = $32.95 (plus shipping).
                                   Kindle version: ASIN: B00X6F8DRS. List price = $19.95

Extra Class:            ARRL Extra Class License Manual 11th Edition
                                    Softcover version:  ISBN: 978-1-62595-045-1 .  List price = $29.95 (plus shipping).
                                    Spiral Bound version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-055-0. List price = $32.95 (plus shipping).
                                    Kindle version: ASIN: B01FTDEJN6. List price = $19.95

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.