Spring 2023 License Classes

The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club will be offering classes for a Technician license or an upgrade to a General license beginning April 24.

The Technician classes will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00am to 12:30pm from April 25 to June 9. The General upgrade classes will be Mondays and Thursdays also from 9:00am to 12:30pm April 24 – June 8. All classes will be held at the James City-Bruton Fire Station (multipurpose room): 3135 Forge Rd, Toano, VA. 23168.

A license exam session (open to all candidates) will be held Saturday, June 10 at the same location starting at 9:00am.

The class is free, however, there is an administrative fee of $15.00 for the license examination. After the exam the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charges $35.00 to process a new license.  This fee must be sent by you to the FCC. It will not be collected by WAARC on exam day.

If you or someone you know is interested in a class send an email to HamRadioClass@yahoo.com indicating your name, email address, phone number and which class you are interested in and if you want to purchase a manual through the club (see details below).

***** A minimum of four (4) students is required in order to conduct a class. *****

***Enrollment Deadline April 16, 2023 ***

For the technician class you will need a copy of the Fifth Edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (HRLM). For the General class you will need a copy of the Ninth Edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual. You can obtain these from Wally WA3RWP via the above email address at the discounted price of $26.25 or obtain them on your own directly from the ARRL at the links below for $32.95 plus tax and shipping. You can also obtain the manual from Amazon or other sources. Just make sure it’s the correct Edition. If purchased from Wally, no payment is due until you receive your manual on the first day of class.

https://home.arrl.org/action/Store/Product-Details/productId/2003373064  (ARRL Technician Class manual)

https://home.arrl.org/action/Store/Product-Details/productId/114241 (ARRL General Class manual)

Although not required, some Technician students also purchase the Eighth Edition of the ARRL Tech Q&A Manual and General students purchase the Sixth Edition of the General Q&A Manual.  The manual provides more in-depth explanations of the questions used in the written examination.  You can obtain the manual from Wally WA3RWP at the discounted price of $15.85 or obtain it on your own from the ARRL, Amazon, etc. It’s $19.95 plus tax and shipping from the ARRL at this link:

Tech Q&A manual https://home.arrl.org/action/Store/Product-Details/productId/2003373076

General Q&A manual https://home.arrl.org/action/Store/Product-Details/productId/114242

(Check this link for important information about the license exam sessions administered by the WAARC Volunteer Examiners):   https://www.k4rc.net/testing-sessions/