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Amateur Radio Technician Class

Our Technician License Preparation Class covers basic regulations, operating practices, and elementary electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF use.  You will learn how to communicate with other local ham operators, communicate via repeaters, participate in nets, and build a basic antenna.  You will also learn correct amateur radio operating practices and safety.

With a Technician Class license, you will have all ham radio privileges above 30 MHz.  These privileges include the very popular 2-meter band.  You will enjoy using small (2 meter) hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in your area.  You may operate FM voice, digital packet (on computers), television, single-sideband voice, and several other interesting modes. 

You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment. Technician License operators now also have additional privileges on certain HF frequencies. With this license, you may also operate on the 80, 40, 15 meter bands using Morse Code (CW), and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice, and digital modes.

Our next LARC-sponsored Amateur Radio Licensing Class for the Technician License (initial Amateur Radio operator license, beginner level) is scheduled for early winter.  This particular class is a 24-hour long class that is condensed over a 10-day time frame, with the Exam on the last day.  The tuition for this class is $10 ($5 for high-school students) for 2017. This fee is rising to $15 in January 2018.

Registration for the November class IS NOW OPEN!


Objectives:  Students will learn, understand, discuss, and review material on FCC Technician Licensing Exam.

Where:  Niwot Fire Station, 8500 Niwot Road,  Niwot, CO  80503  (in Boulder County, just south of Longmont) - Google Map (door to classroom is on lower level, east side, by the short wall - south (to the left) of the large doors for the fire engines)

When: This particular class will be held for 10 days in a row (this includes the review / study group sessions), ending with the licensing Exam, a week prior to Thanksgiving week. (Our usual Technician classes are a month long, running on Monday & Thursday evenings for four weeks.)

Makeup / Review dates will be announced in the Syllabus.  If you must miss a class, you must schedule a seat in one or more of the makekup/review/study group sessions to learn the material and see the most-important demos, to understand the material for your test. 

This class includes a VE test session on the last day of the class.  

Prerequisites: Desire to become a Ham Radio Operator!  Committment to studying and learning the required material to pass your Amateur Radio exam.

** You must register for this class in advance, as seats are limited.  Seats are not guaranteed until the class tuition is PAID.  **  Tuition is non-refundable.

Required Textbook: ARRL Technician License Manual, 3rd Edition

You may purchase the spiral-bound ARRL Amateur Radio License Manual with a discount from the instructors.  You also may acquire it elsewhere or in other (i.e. electronic) formats, but make sure you can access it in class as well.

Also, be aware that the Technician question pool changes over time, so make sure that the book you purchase covers the current set of questions.  The books we use cover the question pool that is valid through 6/30/2018. The 2018 spring classes will be filling up quickly, since the question pool will be changing at that time! 

Preparation and reading of class material is expected prior to the beginning of each class (except for the first class), as specified in the Syllabus and Course Schedule provided on the first day.  You are expected to be at each class, unless other makeup arrangements have been made with the Instructors.

The dates for this Technician Class are as follows:

Date Day Time
11/02  Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/03 Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/04 Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
11/05 Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Review - optional)
11/06 Monday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/07 Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Review - optional)
11/08 Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/09 Thursday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/10 Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11/11 Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
11/11 Exam 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

For more details contact Kat Gonderinger using the email address of W0UM.kat at


Registered Students:

# Student Paid   # Student Paid
1 C. Coomes     8

E. Borland

2 C. Victor     9 H. Thomson  
3 A. Haddab     10 N. Joseph  
4 J. Biggs     11    
5 E. Newby     12    
6 N. Newby     13    
7 D. Dionne     14    

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