ARRL East Bay Section

Two HamCrams in Tracy Sat 4/25 and Sat 5/23

Posted by af6aq on April 18th, 2009

Become a Ham Operator in Just One Day — Sat. 4/25 or Sat. 5/23

Amateur Radio operators played an important role in the recent search for Sandra Cantu, providing communication between search-and-rescue teams in the field and the incident command post at the Fire Administration building downtown.

Hams also assisted in organizing the distribution of search flyers, working alongside Tracy Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members for several days during the search. Ham radio is a recommended part of Tracy CERT training.

To help prepare for future emergencies, the Tracy Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with CERT and the Tracy Fire Department, will be holding two training events for those interested in getting an amateur radio license in just one day.

Called a “HamCram,” each event takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on a Saturday and involves studying the test questions and answers followed by a 35 question multiple-choice FCC examination. Last year, more than 150 San Joaquin County residents participated in a HamCram, with a pass rate of greater than 95 percent.

No Morse code is required and you need only attend one of the two scheduled events to get your ham license. Additional training in use of ham radio equipment will be available free to all participants.

The HamCrams will take place on Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 23 in Tracy. The events run from from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Participants must be present all day. Cost is $30 and preregistration/prepayment is required to reserve a space. 

For more information, contact David Coursey at (209) 740-4300, visit, or send email to Register at