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Learn about Ham Radio and get your operator license, refresh your knowledge, or upgrade the current license you already have!  Get more prepared for communications during disasters and emergencies -- both local and/or global.

If you just received your Technician License, keep going... you're already used to studying, and much of the Technician material is the same material as on the General Exam -- it just goes into it more deeply!  Take the General class and learn all you need to know to pass your General License Exam.  Get more privileges on the bands and learn how to use HF to talk to the world!

The Longmont Amateur Radio club provides training in a casual and friendly environment to help you study and prepare for your first Ham operator license and/or upgrade to advanced FCC Amateur Radio license classes. In our training, we offer varied techniques to help you learn the material, including slide presentations, videos, bringing equipment for hands-on learning and activities, and field demonstrations to help you get your feet wet. 

Every topic is broken out into its own module, with Q & A at the end of each one. We use presentations from the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) that we have modified with lots of extra information to help you gain an in-depth understanding to boost your confidence with each subject you learn.  We do NOT just teach THE TEST -- we teach you how to become a qualified, confident, competent radio operator, with skills and knowledge that you can us for the rest of your life.  

We would love to have YOU attend our classes!  Bring your friends, too!

Check below to see the current class schedule.

You are not required to learn Morse code to obtain a license to operate a ham radio!   (Although it is still a widely-used mode of communication.)

Attending a class does not guarantee that you will pass your licensing test!  (Though 99% do) 

You must also be committed to reading the material in advance of each class, studying, doing review flash cards, doing the homework, and taking practice tests on your own time.  However, the test is not that difficult if you attend all the class sessions AND put in the required time and effort to do your homework.  

It is up to you how much time and effort you apply to learning this material; and it is all worth it to become a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator!  We are here to help you!

Technician  Beginner-Level Class

Our next Technician Class will be starting on Monday evening, January 20th  This class is limited to 14 students.

REGISTER NOW!

(info / registration)   

This class will run for three weeks, concluding with the VE Exam on the final Saturday.  It will include evenings and three Saturdays, for a total of 24 hours of class instruction time), as well as several optional Study / Review / Makeup sessions.

General
Intermediate-Level Class

Our next General License Class is scheduled to start on Monday, 2/24/20. 

You can register NOW!

Location is at Niwot Fire Station. Seats are limited to 14 students.
 

     (info / registration HERE)  


15 Class Sessions, Monday & Thursday evenings 
from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and also includes five Saturdays, ending with the Exam during the last Saturday class.

This class is five weeks long, 3 days a week. 
Upgrade your Technician license so you can use HF and use more frequencies to talk to the world!

Amateur Extra Expert-Level Class

Our next Amateur Extra class will be starting on Monday, May 4th, 2020, so you can take your exam before the ARRL Extra manual expires on 06/30/20. 

If you are pre-registered, you will be the first to have a seat in this class!

Class runs on Monday & Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm, and ALSO on Saturdays from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. This class is 8 weeks long, in order to learn, see, & experience first-hand all the material you need to know for the test and for the rest of your life as an Amateur Extra operator.

REGISTER HERE for the EXTRA CLASS! 

Seats are limited! Register early!

This is a once-per-year class.

If you would like to be notified when the next class is scheduled, have a request for a different time for a class that's not currently offered, or to be put on a waiting/mailing list for a particular class, please send email to our Education Coordinator with your name, phone number, callsign (if you have one), and desired class. You can pre-register for any class any time you would like to express your interest in any particular class and will be put on the mailing list for that class.  If you pre-register, you are first in line for the available seats in the class, before any walk-ins that come the first day.

If you have any questions regarding our training classes, please contact our Education Coordinator, Kat Gonderinger (W0UM), send email to Kat, or send text to 303-888-7618.

The club also offers ARRL-affiliated FCC licensing exams on the 4th Saturday of the even months, as well as a separate exam at the end of all our classes - see the Licensing / Testing page for more information.

Former Student Endorsements

The best part of this class was making new friends, learning enough about ham radio to actually put it to use, not just to pass the test, and seeing all the different parts and pieces. I especially liked seeing how to put together a simple, cheap, antenna and getting the hands-on experience at the end of class.   C.B.

My favorite part of the class was the hands-on demos, show and tell, and the banter.   A.J.

I enjoyed the practical knowledge, tips, and physical examples that were provided.   A.H.

The class was most enjoyable.  I was able to ace my test after taking this class and my studying.   B.G.

The instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and fun, and I would highly recommend it to others. I plan to register for any other classes they teach.   S.P.

When I went for my licensing test, I not only passed my initial Technician test, but was able to upgrade my license to General on the same day, thanks to the training I got in this Technician class and the studying that I did on my own.  B.D.

I enjoyed it all.   J.G

I was able to pass my Technician, General, AND Extra Class license exams all in one test session after taking their General class, with lots of studying as well, of course!    A.J.

Bryan and Kat (the instructors) knew what they were talking about and were able to give examples of how we should do things in the field with our radios. My favorite part was seeing all the Morse code keys and keyers, seeing how CW works, being able to get on the air, and seeing all the different pieces of equipment, radios, and antennas.  The discussions were great too.  E.M.

I recently took the first-ever Extra Class offered by the club, and was really impressed with the class. It was apparent that there was a lot of time spent preparing the lectures and the slides that were used. Kat and Bryan did a superb job of presenting the material & clarifying the obscure points in the text. really appreciated the websites on various topics they included as part of the lectures, and the programs to illustrate things like circuit logic and decision trees. The hands-on labs, getting to use the test equipmet, and the demos that they put on added much to my understanding. LARC is really blessed to have two such amateurs who are willing to volunteer their time to share their knowledge and help others obtain a license and then advance up the ranks to the higher license classes.  J.K.

I took all three classes that Kat & Bryan taught last year, and I can't say that I would get a better ham radio education anywhere else! These instructors are fantastic, both in personality, humor, and knowledge, and they make the classes fun, even though they do require work on our part. They also have study groups and review sessions outside of class for when I didn't understand something, which I totally took advantage of. I think the best part of all the classes was being able to see, touch, & play with all the equipment they brought in, and also being able to get on the radios and make contact. Learning about and seeing all the different kinds of antennas was great too, and learning how to connect everything together.  I received all three of my amateur radio licenses last year, and I am confident that I now have the background to continue life-long learning and having fun with my new ham radio hobby.  I have also enjoyed volunteering for community service events with the Longmont radio club, and have made great friends through that and through the classes that I have taken.  R.S.

 

 

 

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