NOARC will be presenting free classes for the Technician license during the month of February 2018. The Technician exam is the entry level to get your Amateur Radio license. Despite the name, you don’t need a lot of technical expertise to get this first license. Don’t be concerned if you don’t have any experience with electricity or radios. We have friendly, experienced instructors to show you the way. We will do our best to present the material in a relaxed and helpful atmosphere. We want you to become a fellow ham!
The classes will be held from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (with breaks) on Tuesday nights, February 6, 13, 20, and 27. The location will be Classroom 304 at the Crestview campus of Northwest Florida State College, on Hwy 90 near Twin Hills Park in Crestview (just East of the intersection of Hwys 85 and 90). The entrance to the college is located on N. Hathaway Street, just down the hill from the Knights of Columbus hall. The best place to park is the lot on the East side of the main building (past the “Goose Crossing” sign). If you arrive a bit early, we will try to have free parking passes available for your car.
The textbook for the class will be the “ARRL Ham Radio License Manual”, 3rd edition. It is available in both a normally-bound version and a spiral-bound version from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) web site at arrl.org, under the tab marked “ARRL Store” and “Licensing, Education & Training” on the left-hand menu. (It has a red cover. The ones with a blue or green cover are for higher licenses.) Note: If you go to the ARRL web site, you may see a book entitled “ARRL’s Tech Q&A 6th Edition”. This is an abbreviated version of the License Manual with ONLY the questions and the correct answers — handy as a supplemental guide for studying for the test , but lacking the additional background info you will need to become a proficient ham radio operator. All the exam questions and answers are in the License Manual, too, just in a different order. So get the Q&A if you like, but not as a replacement for the License Manual. And of course, if you want to borrow the License Manual from a friend, that’s OK too — just make sure it’s the 3rd edition.
You might want to bring to class a notebook, pencil or pen, and a calculator. (One that does simple multiplication and division will do just fine.)
Did we mention we want you to have FUN ?!! You’ll be on the air with your own call sign in no time. Hope to see you on February 6!