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Technician License Class

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

Take our course if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class amateur radio license and obtaining valuable information relating to assembly and proper 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 course 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 amateur radio license. You should expect to be successful with this entry level test, providing you prepare for your license in the weeks before the course. The study material is not hard but needs to be covered before you join our course and take the test.


There is no charge for our courses; SCRA offers them as a public service to our community. The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00 as of December 31, 2021, the time of this writing. We have traditionally coordinated an examination session at the conclusion of our weekend courses. If you want to take the examination without going through the course then check our VE Exam schedule under this web site Events tab for times and places for license examinations throughout the year.

If you would like to be in our course, 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!  There is no charge for the course itself, but it requires pre-study of the Gordon West Technician Class study guide, 2022-2026 edition.  Cost for the study guide is $25.00 purchased from our radio club while enrolled in one of our technician courses, and about that same price plus shipping, available on-line directly from the publisher: We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this course. Nearly every one of our students pass the Technician License exam on their first attempt. Our method works!

Purchasing a Study Guide From the Club

Go to the Store/Merchandise tab on this web site for complete details on purchasing a Technician Class study guide from SCRA after being enrolled in one of our technician courses.

2022 Technician Course Dates

During the Covid 19 social shelter in place restrictions we offered on-line technician exam courses. With the availability of the vaccine and lifting of restrictions SCRA has sponsored two in-person weekend courses in 2021. Contact me now to sign up for any of the four scheduled in-person courses in 2022 and reserve your spot; the room size limits the number of students. The dates of these courses are February 11, 12, 13; May 20, 21, 22; July 22, 23, 24; November 4, 5, 6; and December 16, 17, 18. You need to start reviewing the material ahead of time using the study guide; it is not too early to begin your studies in preparation for the course!

The Friday evening class has been from 6PM until 9PM, then Saturday from 8AM until 5PM and Sunday 8AM until 2:30PM but always confirm these class times when signing up for the course.

Important Note: Beginning July 1, 2022 many questions in the existing question pool used to create the technician class examinations have changed. The previous study guide from Gordon West has become obsolete and technician license examinations have changed accordingly. We recommend that you use only the latest version study guide containing the questions that may be on the technician exam at the time of your exam.

General Class or Extra Class License Upgrade?

Our very first on-line general course was concluded in January, 2022. For SCRA club members, self-study 1-on-1 mentor assistance is available; mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade to general class or amateur extra class are available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.


John Breckenridge, WB6FRZ
Education Committee Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs