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July 2017 Technician License Class

Our next full weekend Technician License class will be held on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, 2017.   The Saturday class will begin at 8:00AM and continue until 6PM.  The Sunday class will begin at 8:00AM and end at 3:00PM when the Technician License Examination will be conducted by our team of SCRA Volunteer Examiners.  We will have frequent, short breaks during the class, and 45 minutes for a lunch break each day.  There will be an introductory class meeting on Friday, July 14th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM to cover some of the class material in greater depth; and, we will also conduct a practice examination to provide you with useful feedback before the formal class.  Location for this class will be at the Graton Fire Protection District fire station, 3750 Gravenstein Highway North, Graton, California (on Highway 116 just north of Sebastopol).

Our weekend Technician License classes have been very successful.   Since 2007 when SCRA started its weekend Technician license classes, over 250 people have obtained their amateur radio license.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and safe operation of your amateur radio station.  Unlike cell phones, and family radio service (FRS) walkie-talkies, the amateur radio service is available only to qualified applicants, so you need to prepare ahead of the examination.  Our class will give you the background to understand and enjoy amateur radio!

The Technician License test covers basic rules, operating practices and radio theory and must be passed in order to qualify for, and obtain, your ham radio license.  You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the class. The study material is not hard, but needs to be covered before you join our class and take the test.

Our class is free.  The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00.  Check our VE Exam schedule under the Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our class, please contact me directly via email.  We have study materials available now, and we strongly recommend you  get started with your pre-class preparation as soon as you can!  While there is no charge for the class itself, our program  requires prestudy of the Gordon West Technician Class study materials.  Cost for the study materials, including the Gordon West 244 page Technician Class study manual, is $20.00, and you can arrange for pickup from me.  Or, you can order the book directly from the publisher:, or from  Be sure to order the 2014-2018 Edition.   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.

In our March 2017 class  all four students passed the examination on the first try.   In the July 2015 class all nine students passed the test on their first try.  In the November 2015 class all eleven students who participated in our pre-study program passed on their first try.  In our March 2016 class, all 16 students passed the Technician License examination. In our July 2016 class, seven out of eight students passed the Technician License Examination on the first try.  In our November 2016 class all eleven students passed their Technician License examination on the first try. Our approach works!

If you would like to register for our next class, please contact me, so that I can add your name to the list before the class fills up.  We can handle a maximum of 16 students.

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance if that would be helpful.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.


Dave Harrison W6IBC, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs


Advanced Disaster Messaging Class

There will be a class for Advanced Disaster Messaging held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 9 AM until noon, at the City of Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, Ca. (just off West College)

Goal for this class is to advance the basics covered in the prior class and emphasize radio procedures and pro words in the context of disaster messaging with ARRL Radiograms and the basic IC 213 form. All amateur radio operators welcome.

This will be interactive so bring your HT, set for 146.535 Simplex. RSVP is requested. Use online sign-up here. Check with Pat, KG6JSL, More information as the date approaches. Look forward to seeing you there.