SARA Licensing Courses
Ham radio is fun. If it wasn’t fun, we wouldn’t do it! Ham radio means getting to talk to satellites using a hand-held radio – or talking to your fellow Hams around the world. Most of us had someone introduce us to Amateur Radio, and we’d like to introduce you to our hobby and invite you to join. Getting your first Ham license (Technician), or upgrading to General or Extra is now as simple as studying a book and taking a test – or coming to one of our free local courses – no Morse Code necessary!
What we offer
Sawnee Amateur Radio Association offers free classes for the Technician License for people new to Amateur Radio, a General License course, and an Extra License Workshop for those that wish to upgrade. Generally, each course is 5 weeks long (one class a week), and on the 6th week we offer a testing session. The course itself is free, although you will need the book we’re using and $15 for the testing session fee.
Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA, 30041 - Directions to Lanier Technical College
What, When, and Who
Click on any of the course titles below for information on What is covered, What you need to bring, When it is held, Who will be teaching, and How to register.
- Technician Course
Designed to teach those new to the hobby, this course will be taught by John Munday, K4JNM from August 25, 2015 to October 13, 2015 with a test date of October 13, 2015. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with John Munday K4JNM, email@example.com
It will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Lanier Technical College, Forsyth Campus.
ATTENTION This class is based on the ARRL Licensing Manual, these books are updated every four years when a new Question Test Pool has been approved. A new book, the third edition is now available. Be sure to purchase the correct edition of the textbook.
Technician: The ARRL Ham Radio Licensing Manual - 3rd Edition – Available at Ham Radio Outlet – Atlanta, ARRL.com or Amazon - retail $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-87259-097-7 (Make sure it says “Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018″ on the over!)
- General Course
Our next General Course is scheduled to begin March 24, 2015 and continue for 7 weeks. The class will be held at Lanier Techinical College Forsyth in building B room 145. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with Jack Fisher KC4I, kc4i
The class will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm.
Students are responsible for obtaining their own books. Please let us know if you have a problem finding it.
General: The ARRL General Class License Manual – 7th Edition – Available through Ham Radio Outlet – Atlanta, ARRL.com or Amazon - retail $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-87259-811-9 (Make sure it says “All the Exam Questions with Answer Key, for use July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015″ on the cover!)
- Amateur Extra License Workshop
SARA is proud to offer a special Study Group for those seeking the upgrade to the Amateur Extra Class license starting June 23, 2015 and running for 6 weeks.
This workshop, in Q&A format, revolves around the specific topics identified by the students. Questions are resolved by Extra Class instructors using whiteboard diagrams to reinforce the concept at hand.
This years workshop will be led by John DeHart, K1VBM. It will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with John DeHart, K1VBM@arrl.net
All attendees should purchase and bring this book to the meetings:
Extra: The ARRL Extra Class License Manual – 10th Edition – Available through Ham Radio Outlet – Atlanta, ARRL.com or Amazon - retail $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-87259-517-0 (Make sure it says “All the Exam Questions with Answer Key, for use July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016″ on the cover!)