Education & Training
Class
es - 2019

Trinity Lutheran Church
2317 Buena Vista Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597


Note the New Location!

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.
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Registration:
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.

F
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 Now for the Following Courses:

Jan. 10 - Feb. 28, 2019 (8 sessions)

Mar. 28 - May 30, 2019 (9 sessions)

Aug. 15 - Oct 3, 2019 (8 sessions)

If you have questions not answered on this page,
send an email to: HamRadioClass@gmail.com

License Testing:
License testing will be conducted the week 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 our License Testing page for details & exceptions. Other locations also offer testing.

Schedule:
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.

 Technician License Class #1 (1st Level)
 Jan. 10 - Feb. 28, 2019 (8 sessions)
 License Testing
 March 7, 2019
   
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Explained
 March 14, 2019
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Practiced
 March 21, 2019
   
 General License Class (2nd Level)
 Mar. 28 - May 30, 2019 (9 sessions)
        Note: No Class Apr. 18; Easter Break
 License Testing
 June 6, 2019
   
 Get On The Air (GOTA)
     HF Communications
June 13, 2019


Emergency Preparedness or Auxiliary Training (TBA)
 June 20, 2019
Emergency Preparedness or Auxiliary Training (TBA)  June 27, 2019
   
 Independence Day Break (No Class)
 July 4, 2019
 TLC Church Camp Break (No Classes) July 11 – July 25, 2019
   
 Emergency Preparedness or Auxiliary Training (TBA)
 Aug. 1, 2019
 Emergency Preparedness or Auxiliary Training (TBA)
 Aug. 8, 2019
   
 Technician License Class #2 (1st Level)  Aug. 15 - Oct 3, 2019 (8 sessions)
 License Testing  Oct 10, 2019
   
  Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Explained
 Oct. 17, 2019
  Get On The Air (GOTA)
     Amateur Radio Communications Practiced
 Oct. 24, 2019
   
  Emergency Preparedness or Auxiliary Training (TBA)
 Oct. 31, 2019
   
 Annual Instructor/Elmer Team Meeting  Nov. 7, 2019

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.
                                   Softcover version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-087-1. List price = $29.95 (plus shipping).
                                   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 8th Edition. 
                                  
Softcover version: ISBN: 0-978-1-62595-030-7. List price = $29.95 (plus shipping).
                                   Spiral Bound version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-031-4. List price = $32.95 (plus shipping).
                                   Kindle version: ASIN: B00X6F8DRS. 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.