Education & Training

Classes - 2022



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) sessions 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 to renew it.


See our Getting Your First License page for details on our recommended study method, the question pool and other important information.

See these specific sections on this page:

  • * Registration for License Courses

* Auxiliary Classes

* License Testing

* Schedule

* Required Manuals

* General Information


Registration for License Courses:

Registration for all classes and courses is required. There is a fee of $15.00 for each license course. The required manual and the license test itself also have modest costs. See those sections below.

There is no additional fee for the Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) sessions, as they are included in the license course registration. But you must register for them separately.

There is a fee of $5.00 for the auxiliary classes.


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, a link to handouts and homework assignments (if any) will be sent by email either before the start of each license course or in advance of each class session. These should be 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.



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Register for the Below Courses & Classes:


Note: Items below in Strikeout Font are Closed


Note: Click on the course/class title to go to the registration form



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* Level 2: General Class License Course-2022

Each Tuesday evening, March 29 - May 24, 2022 (9 Sessions)
Held via Zoom and in person
Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge

4349 Cowell Road

Concord, CA 94518

* General Class License Testing

May 31, 2022, 7:00 PM

Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge


* General Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA)

Tuesday, June 7, 2022; 7:00 - 9:00 PM (1 session)

Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge
Saturday,
June 25, 2022; 9:00-10:30 AM
Olympic High School

2730 Salvio Street

Concord, CA


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* Level 1: Technician License Course-2022-B

Each Tuesday, July 19 - September 6, 2022 (8 sessions)
Held via Zoom and in person
Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge

4349 Cowell Road

Concord, CA 94518


* Technician Class License Testing

September 13, 2022, 7:00 PM

Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge


* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #1

Tuesday, September 20, 2022; 7:00 - 9:00 PM (1 session)
Held via Zoom


* Technician Class Get-On-The-Air (GOTA) #2

Tuesday, September 27, 2022; 7:00 - 9:00 PM (1 session)

Odd Fellows Pacheco Lodge


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Auxiliary Classes

Registration is Required.
There is a $5.00 fee per student to attend each class session.


Click the Class title to register
See below for Speaker Biographies


Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Em Comm Mutual Aid in a Digital World
by Dan Goldstein, KJ6KEU


Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Winlink
by John Trinterud, K9ONR

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Topic TBA

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Topic TBA

Auxiliary Class Speaker Biographies:

Dan Goldstein, KJ6KEU

Alameda County Sheriff's Communications Team member since 2010, serving as the Administrative Officer since 2017. As Cal OES designates ACSO as the mutual aid coordinator for Region II, our team's mission is to establish amateur radio training and emergency communications priorities throughout Region II. We are openly recruiting.

ARRL ARES East Bay Section Emergency Coordinator since 2021. EB Section serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties. ARES is recognized as the de facto national organization for training and certification of emergency communications radio operators. http://www.arrl.org/ares

Cyber Security engineer (retired 2020) for 21+ years. IT professional spanning 31 years, including 13 years in sales engineering. Director level leadership experience with 33 persons in my unit. Published author of technical manuals, marketing brochures, instruction articles, and press releases. Produced and appeared in technical training videos for one of the world's largest cyber security organizations.

Experienced programmer in Python and 12 other languages. Skilled with Access DB and Excel formulas.

John Trinterud, K9ONR

Project Lead, Walnut Creek CERT Winlink Test System

Background of 55+ years in communications, telephony, computer operations, technical instruction and UNIX software support with a mid-life segue into organic farming and doing organic farm and food processing inspections. He finally retired in 2020 after graduating several times. John’s wife Colene is the Red Cross External Affairs Liaison for the City of Pleasant Hill and she also organizes Red Cross Blood Drives in Rossmoor.

John was first licensed in 2012 as KJ6PAP, now a General Class, and graduated from Walnut Creek CERT after 10 years of volunteer service. He has served as a CERT Communications Chief and created the CERO program for Walnut Creek CERT and the EOC.

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If you have questions not answered on this page,

send an email to: HamRadioClass@mdarc.org


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License Testing:

License testing will be conducted after the last session of License Classes. See the schedule above. An ARRL-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.


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

Auxiliary classes do not have a manual.


Students are free to purchase their own manual 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, 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: Technician License Course-2022-B July- September, 2022
ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Edition.

Spiral Bound version: ISBN: not yet available List price = $32.95 (plus shipping).

Kindle version: ASIN: not yet available 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



General Information:

If you are new to Ham Radio it's 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.