Licensing Classes

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

Spring 2023 Training Classes

WHEN: Technician  April 25 – June 9, 2023, on Tuesdays and Fridays from  9:00am – 12:30pm

General: April 24-June 8, 2023, on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:30pm

WHERE:  James City-Bruton Fire Station  (multipurpose room): 3135 Forge Rd, Toano, VA. 23168

LICENSE EXAM  (open to all):  Saturday, June 10, 2023  at 9:00 a.m. James City-Bruton Fire Station

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

(Check this link for important information about the license exam sessions administered by the WAARC Volunteer Examiners):

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 new licenses.  This fee must be sent by you to the FCC. It will not be collected by WAARC on exam day.

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

 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 it from Wally WA3RWP at the discounted price of $26.25 or obtain it on your own directly from the ARRL at the link 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 Fifth Edition. If purchased from me no payment is due until you receive your manual on the first day of class.  (Technician Class) (General Class)

Although not required, some students also purchase the Eighth Edition of the ARRL Tech Q&A Manual.  This manual provides more in-depth explanations of the questions used in the written examination.  You can obtain this 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:

If you or someone you know is interested in this class send an email to indicating your name, email address, phone number and your wish to enroll in the Technician class. Also please indicate if you are interested in purchasing either the License Manual or Q&A Manual from Wally at the discounted rate.

Be sure to read this welcome letter from past WAARC President Toby KL0SS.  It explains what Ham Radio is and it invites you to join the fascinating world of Ham Radio.