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Amateur Radio Classes

The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) has offered a number of licensing classes over the years. We've documented two of our most popular classes here on the web. If your currently attending one of these classes, please use this documentation to keep up with the class, so you know what you should be reading, and to track your progress. If you're looking at this in the hopes of teaching yourself, please start through the outline, and spend the time you need on each topic to make sure you understand what's going on.

Registration for the 2017 Technician / General class is now available online by clicking here.

Either way, good luck!


2017 Combined Technician / General Class

This class is currently being offered at the SCARS Norman location. This class will help the users to train for both the Technician, and the General license tests at the same time. Click here for access to this class outline.

SCARS License Class Info

Course Outline - 2017 Spring Semester


Assignments

  • FCC CORES: https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do This is where you need to go to create an "FRN", or FCC Registration Number. Please note that if you already have an FCC license (i.e. one in the General Mobile Radio Service), you probably already have an FRN.

  • PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Try any of these sites:


    The last site will track your progress and drill you harder on questions you miss. Presumably, some of the others do the same. Undoubtedly, these sites have improved over time but 10 or so years ago when they first appeared, many were not sufficiently random. In other words, they might show you some questions more than others regardless of your progress. In some cases, candidates would never see a few of the questions. Bottom line - use this as a supplement to actual study!

The Question and Answer Pools are in the public domain, per FCC regulation, but these provide no background material to help future hams actually understand the answers.

The exam is a 35-question, multiple-choice exam. Questions are drawn from a pool of over 500 questions. The subject breakdown is covered in the next table.

Technician Exam Breakdown
Sub Element Subject Number of
Questions on Exam
(Total 35)
T1 FCC Rules 5
T2 Methods of Communication 2
T3 Radio Phenomena 2
T4 Station Licensee Duties 3
T5 Control Operator Duties 3
T6 Good Operating Practices 3
T7 Basic Communications Electronics 3
T8 Good Engineering Practice 6
T9 Special Operations 2
T0 Electrical, Antenna Structure and RF Safety Practices 6

Succesful candidates should be familiar (very familiar) with the following:

  • FCC Amateur Service Rules (47 CFR 97), especially amateur radio frequency allocations.
  • Basic station operation and RF safety
  • Basic radio wave propagation (D/E/F layers, tropospheric effects, etc)
  • Ohm's Law and other basic electronics
  • Formulae like "E = I x R", "468 / f" and "300 / f"
  • Magic Circles - put your finger over the quantity for which you are trying to solve.
    Ohm's Law: Power Law:

    And yes, you can combine those two algebraically but it ceases to be much of an aide-mémoire at that point (click for source):

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2013 Technician Only Class

This class was offered in 2013 by Peter Laws N5UWY, and Jud Ahearn W5JA. Click here for access to this class.