Welcome to the One-Day* Amateur Radio (Ham) Class!

We have 46 signed up for the Oct 19th class – we can only seat four more. You can sign up on-line using PayPal or a credit card through the PayPal service.

Click here for the sign-up page.

If you pay by check please write the class date in the check memo, along with the name, email address, and phone number of the person taking the class (or at least put that information in the envelope). You can pay for a 2015 class with a check, but please do not send a check for the Oct 19th class – we can only reserve seats based on PayPal payments since the class is in only 3 days.
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Your Extra Class instructors: K6YXH & WB6OHW

We teach entry-level amateur radio classes, and arrange for same-day exams.

To learn more about ham radio, and why you should have a ham radio license, visit the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) website, click here.

Who takes our classes? We have people interested in:

  • Ham Radio (as a hobby)
  • Emergency Communications Services - this includes the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the State of California’s Auxiliary Amateur Radio Service (ACS), Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service (DCS), city disaster radio teams (often part of CERT), Arson Watch, and other volunteer organizations.
  • Community Service - this includes groups needing a way to communicate if cell phones don’t work, such as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Off-Roading - needing comms where cell phones don’t work – we had one of our new hams save a life in a remote area using ham radio!
  • Boating – communicating offshore and on the high seas for safety
  • Hiking, Running and Camping – needing to stay in touch with their groups and make contact with the outside world – some carry ham radio as a safety measure. See Trail Communications.
  • Biking – keeping in touch on the road – motorcycles and bicycles, including the Santa Monica Mountains Bike Unit.
  • High Altitude Rocketry – using real-time telemetry and tracking – keeping track of expensive rockets – see http://rocstock.org/ and http://www.bigredbee.com/.
  • First Person View (FPV) Model Aircraft – if you’re going to fly past where you can see the model, you need to use ham radio frequencies and high power. FPV Radio Control
  • Friendship – keeping in touch and making new friends via ham radio. QSL.net Intro

*Our “one-day” classes are actually three-days, but on the first day, you take the exam! Most pass the first time, but you can take the exam the next Sunday and the one after, just in case. With the exam behind you, you can concentrate on learning what you need to know to get a radio and get on the air! We do recommend that you do some reading before the class, just to get familiar with what’s on the exam.

On the next two Sundays, you’ll learn about what radios do, enough to choose a radio, and you’ll learn how to operate your radio, enough to get on the air and start talking to people. After that, you’ll be able to get on the air to participate in conversations and ask questions – you’ll continue your learning as a member of the world-wide amateur radio community. Hopefully, you’ll join a ham radio club or emergency service organization. See our page of Organizations and Websites.