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Public Information Officer (PIO)

Posted by John Primus on 29th March 2017

The ARRL PIOs put the face on Amateur Radio when they represent all of us hams to the general public. How does an ARRL PIO do that? Register for the PIO Class that will be taught at Pacificon 2017 and learn. This class will teach you about the role of Public Relations (PR) in Amateur Radio, how to identify the target of PR efforts, and how to properly influence the public’s perception of Amateur Radio. It will also distinguish between the responsibilities of the ‘club PIO’ and the ARRL PIO and discusses the line of authority for each type of PIO.

Although the entire class that leads to graduation is 13 modules long, the portion taught at Pacificon 2017 will introduce you to the first four modules that describe the Public Information Officer, the Public Information Coordinator and how they build relationships with the media.

All courses taken at Pacificon 2017 will provide credit towards graduation of the entire 13 module course. The remaining nine modules will be taught at a later time at a location yet to be determined. Completion of the entire 13 modules consists of passing the final exam. A listing of all students who passed the course will be sent to the Section Managers in the Pacific Division. Should you want to receive an ARRL PIO appointment, you may communicate directly with your Section Manager who will determine if there is a need and if your qualifications support an appointment.

Open the Pacificon 2017 website and register for the event.  Follow the menu listing on left side of the page and find Education and Forums. Scroll to the PIO Class listing and choose the option to register for the class. Please do so now.

Once you have registered for the PIO Class, Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Pubic Information Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Section will contact you.

Should you want to discuss any aspect of becoming an ARRL PIO with Suellene, please contact her at:

Suellene Petersen, K6CPA

ARRL Pacific Division, Santa Clara Valley Section

Public Information Coordinator

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General Class License Course

Posted by John Primus on 26th February 2017

Ham Radio Course Forming Now!

Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club and SATERN

are holding an 8 week course where you can

upgrade your Amateur Radio Technician License to

General License Classification

The General Class license is your gateway to all the world-wide Amateur bands of excitement and Emergency Communications on Ham Radio…and you do NOT need to learn Morse code!

This course is to upgrade your current

Technician License (the next Tech class starts August 17th )

You can also register for the August Tech class now.

Course begins on…

Thursday March 23rd 2017

At 7-9 pm

First Class starts at 6:30

The Salvation Army

3950 Clayton Road, Concord 94521

Registration is required.

The General Class License Course is FREE but there is a $6 materials fee and Textbook if needed is about $28Each student must have full access to a copy of the ARRL text.

Follow up training & license testing for all 3 license levels will be available.

Registration form – email:


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Technician and General Class License Courses

Posted by John Primus on 20th February 2017

East Bay Amateur Radio Club invites you to
Get an Amateur Radio Technician Class License

Classes starting April 11, 2017, 11 Sessions
Upgrade to General Class License
Classes starting April 11, 2017, 11 Sessions
Alvarado School
5625 Sutter St.
Richmond, CA 94805

The Technician class will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Textbook is The ARRL HAM RADIO License Manual, 3rd Edition.

The General class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Textbook is The ARRL General Class License Manual, 8th Edition.

Books will be available for purchase. Classes may be taken concurrently.

FCC examinations and license applications will be administered at the final class session by the EBARC Volunteer Examiners. Exam fee will be $15.

Register at the West Contra Costa County School District Adult Education Office, 6028 Ralston Avenue, Richmond (510) 231-1453 or online at: . WCCAE Class fee is $15 for each class.  For further information regarding the Technician or General Class License Courses, please contact Ken Fowler, KO6NO at


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One-Day Ham Radio Class.

Posted by af6aq on 18th January 2017

If you don’t have the time to devote to conventional study to prepare for a licensing exam, here is your opportunity to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator (or upgrade to General) in one day. 
We, the Benicia Amateur Radio Club, are offering a One-Day Study Session followed by the Exam in the East
Bay. Our success rate is over 90%. 

When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Benicia Senior Center
187 East L Street, Benicia
What: Technician Class (beginner’s level)
General Class Upgrade (for those already licensed as a Tech)
Fee: $30.00 cash at the door (Includes exam fee)
Questions: or Art at (925) 212-9953
Conducted by: Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Member W5YI VEC, ARRL VEC
Class size is limited. Advance Registration is required. No prep or prior study required.
Prospective Hams should plan on attending a free Get-On-The-Air Class after passing their test, to become familiar with Amateur Radio operations.
Reserve Your Space – Become a Ham or Upgrade to General in One Day!

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Technician-class licensing class

Posted by ks6m on 19th September 2016

The Berkeley Yacht Club (BYC) is offering an Amateur Radio Technician-class licensing and “SSB Aboard” class beginning Wednesday night, October 5th in the BYC Dining Room. There will be six class sessions of 2 to 3 hours each from 7-9:30ish on October 5th, 12th, 26th, and November 2nd, 9th, and 16th. The testing session will be November 19th or 26th, pending confirmation from the Volunteer Examination team. Please email Chuck Bullett directly or call the BYC Office at 510.843.9292 to get your name on the list. You may email the club as well:

Chuck Bullett
Rear Commodore
Berkeley Yacht Club
Berkeley CA 94710

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