Pacificon License Class
Education & Training
es - 2021

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. All classes will be held on-line until further notice, unless stated otherwise below. See the schedule below for details.

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 numerous education and training classes. 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 alternate 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 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:
All License Class Sessions to be Held via Zoom

Each Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Mar. 2, 2021 (8 sessions)

* Technician Class License Testing
Saturday, March 6, 2021; 8:00AM - 12:00 PM
Held in person (8 groups of 5 each):

Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church.
You MUST schedule your time slot in advance
. (See Note below.)

* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #1
Friday, March 12, 2021; 7:00 - 9:00 PM
(1 session)
Held via Zoom
Free! All are Welcome.

* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #2
 Saturday, March 13, 2021; 9:00 & 11:00 AM (2 groups of 10 people each)
Saturday, March 20, 2021; 9:00 & 11:00 AM (2 groups of 10 people each)
Held in person at:
Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church.
You MUST schedule your time slot in advance
. (See Note below.)

: We will pass out a sign up sheet in the last few classes.
If you miss the sign-up sheets, contact Larry Loomer, KI6LNB,
at to schedule your time slot for these sessions.

Each Tuesday evening, Apr. 13 - Jun. 8, 2021 (9 Sessions)

* General Class License Testing
TBD (1 session)
Held in person; Location to be Announced.

* General Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)
TBD (1 session)
Free! All are Welcome.

Each Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Oct. 5, 2021 (10 sessions)

* Extra Class License Testing
TBD (1 session)
Held in person; Location to be Announced.

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.

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: B07TDVH426. List price = $19.95

Extra Class:            ARRL Extra Class License Manual 12th Edition
                                   Spiral Bound version: ISBN: 978-1-62595-131-1. List price = $32.95 (plus shipping). 
                                   Kindle version: ASIN: B089ZXCDWC. List price = $19.99

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.