Amateur Licensing Classes

WAARC offers amateur licensing classes periodically throughout the year. Detailed information about current class offerings can be found below.

March 2020 Technician and General Classes

The Williamsburg Area Amateur Radio Club (WAARC) will be offering a class for the entry level Amateur Radio license, known as the Technician Class and the mid-level license, known as the General Class. The classes are free. However, there is a $15.00 processing fee for the written exam.
NOTE:  The written exam will be offered April 29. For more information, please see the Testing Sessions page.


WHEN:  Tuesdays and Fridays, March 10 – April 28,  9:00am – 12:30pm
WHERE:  James City-Bruton Fire Station,  3135 Forge Rd., Toano, VA
EXAM SESSION:  Wednesday April 29  9:00am – 11:00am  (at the Fire Station)


WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays, March 9 – April 27, 9:00am – 12:30pm
WHERE: James City-Bruton Fire Station, 3135 Forge Rd., Toano, VA
EXAM SESSION: Wednesday April 29 9:00am – 11:00am  (at the Fire Station)

What you need for the class

For the Technician class you will need a copy of the Fourth Edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual.   For the General class you will need a copy of the Ninth Edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual. If purchased through us the spiral bound version of either manual is available for $27.00. (Payment for the manual, in cash, will be due the first day of class.) If you wish to purchase it on your own the manual is approximately $32.95 plus tax, plus shipping and handling from the ARRL. Amazon is currently offering the manual for approximately $29.66 with free shipping.  If you decide to obtain your own manual make sure you get the edition listed above.  Any other edition will be outdated and not appropriate for class. You can use the links below or your own resources if you wish to purchase your own manual. Unless told otherwise the manuals will be ordered for you and made available on the first day of class.

Links to purchase the books from the ARRL web site or Amazon:

The Technician Class License Manual from Amazon:
The General Class License Manual from Amazon:
  • If interested, please provide your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Unless told otherwise we will order manuals for those taking the class.
  • We will be placing orders for the manuals in February.  You can reimburse us once the manuals come in.
Be sure to read this welcome letter from WAARC President Toby KL0SS.  It explains what is Ham Radio and it invites you to join the fascinating world of Ham Radio.