ARRL East Bay Section

LARK Announces Free Training Class

Posted by af6aq on February 22nd, 2010

The Livermore Amateur Radio “Klub” (LARK) is providing a free class for those interested in obtaining an amateur radio Technician Class license. Immediately following the class, an examination will be available. There is no cost for the class and classroom materials, but the ARRL VEC test fee is $15.

The class will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8 AM to approximately 4 PM. The testing will follow immediately afterward. The instructor will be Rich Harrington, KN6FW. It will be held at the Livermore City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave, Livermore, California. (GPS Location: N37° 40.565′ W121° 45.254′)

Rich teaches a fast paced, informative class and averages about a 90% success rate. Rich has taught students from all walks of life. He starts with the basics, and quickly expands into the complexities of ham radio knowledge students need. While the information is fresh, the LARK Volunteer Examiners show up to administer the Technician class 35-question multiple choice exam. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications.

If you would like to register for the class, or have questions, please send an email to Mike Haas at Or call the instructor, Rich, at 925.462.1467.

What do you need to bring to the exam session? You should bring a picture ID (drivers license, passport) OR, when no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must be presented (birth certificate, report card, library card, Social Security card, utility bill, bank statement, etc.). Students may bring a school ID, and/or a written note from a legal guardian. To be prepared you should also bring two number two pencils with erasers and a pen. A calculator with the memory erased is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.

Psst! Do you want a head start in the class?
Be able to answer these questions:
What is Ohm’s Law?
What is a picoFarad?
What is a microAmp?
What is a milliHenry?
What is a kiloWatt?
What is a megaOhm?
What is gigaHertz?