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Technician License Class

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.  In our October 2019 class, 80% of the  students passed the exam.

Take our class if you are interested in obtaining your Technician Class ham 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 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.

There is no charge for our class. The Volunteer Examiner testing fee is $15.00 at the time of this writing, July 31, 2021. 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 class then 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!  There is no charge for the class itself, but it requires pre-study of the Gordon West Technician Class study guide, 2018-2022 edition.  Cost for the study guide is about $25.00, available on-line directly from the publisher:   We will be using Gordo’s proven study guide and method in this class.  Virtually every one of our students passed the Technician License exam on their first attempt.  Our method works!

Covid 19 Pandemic Technician Courses

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, with the second course concluding in early November, the last course for 2021. Contact me now to sign up for the next upcoming course in 2022 because the room size limits the number of students. This date is to be determined. You need to start reviewing the material ahead of time using the study guide we use for the course; it is not too early to begin your studies in preparation for the course!

GENERAL CLASS or EXTRA CLASS license upgrade?  Contact me and we’ll advise you concerning self-study assistance if that would be helpful. Mentors for SCRA members desiring to upgrade are always available to help.

We at SCRA look forward to hearing from you.


John Breckenridge, WB6FRZ, SCRA Education Chair
Sonoma County Radio Amateurs