Pacificon License Class
Education & Training
es - 2020

Held On-Line
via Zoom
Until Further Notice

 COVID-19 Note:
As we're sure you're aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to our training schedule this year. The General Class course has been postponed to August-September. The Extra Class course, normally held in even-numbered years, has been cancelled for 2020. It will be held in 2021. See the schedule below for details.

Of course, all these plans will depend on when this pandemic has passed and we can return to our normal lives. Additional changes may become required. Please continue checking this web site occasionally for updates. And we're always available to answer questions at

The Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club, holds education and training classes at the above addresses. 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.

For 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:

* Technician License Course-2020
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.

There will be a Getting-on-the-Air (GOTA) class for the recent candidates of the Concord license testing sessions, and for any other hams that would like to get started in using their amateur handheld radios.

The classes will be held in the Zoom format on Friday, July 17, at 6:00 PM, and in-person, with masks and social distancing, on July 18, at 6:00 PM.

Please contact Larry Loomer, KI6LNB, at <> for further information and to reserve a spot in the classes.

Each Tuesday evening, Aug. 4 - Sept. 29, 2020

Class Sessions to be Held via Zoom

* General Class License Testing
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 (1 session)

* General Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 
(1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

* Emergency Comm Readiness

* Emergency Communications FLDIGI Training

* Introduction to DX

* Portable Operations

* Extra Class License Course-2021
Cancelled for 2020. Rescheduled to 2021.
Each Tuesday, Aug. 10 - Oct. 19, 2021 (10 sessions)

* Extra Class License Testing
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2021

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

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 Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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 12th Edition
                                    [Information will be posted when this version is released.]

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 class.