Classes and Training

The course consists of a 1-day study session with exam, and two training sessions, on three consecutive Sundays:

Licensing Class – at the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center
Every hour, we will do a 15 minute lecture on each of these topics: Ohm’s Law, Power, Frequency vs. Wavelength, Decibels, Transistors, Schematic Diagrams and Components, and Repeaters. The rest of the time, you’ll read the Questions and Right Answers and other study aids. The class runs from 9am to 3pm, with the exam at 3pm.

We bring in an independent exam team to administer the exam. The exam fee is included in price of the class. The exam team might decide, if there is time, to offer re-testing, in which case there is a $5 exam fee to take another test. Exams are graded immediately and everyone should have their results by 4pm.

What’s a Radio? – free training, open to the community, at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station
This training is 3 hours, 9am to noon, and features lots of show-and-tell with actual radio equipment and brochures. This is where we teach you about ham radio and what you can do with your license. It’s really about what radios do. We’ll cover mobile and base radios and accessories, such as power supplies, antennas, battery power and headsets.

At 7:30am, before the training, there will be an exam session for Technician, General and Extra Class. The exam is administered by the GLAARG VEC, and the fee is $5.

How to Program by Hand and Use Your Radio – free training, open to the community, at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station
This is a hands-on 3-hour training session, also 9am to noon. You will learn all the things you need to know to use any ham radio.

We will explain repeaters again. Everyone will have an opportunity to set up their radio to transmit on simplex and a repeater and will actually get on the air to verify that their radio is programmed correctly. Again, this is using the radio’s keyboard.

At 7:30am, before the training, there will be an exam session for Technician, General and Extra Class. The exam is administered by the GLAARG VEC, and the fee is $5.