Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

An amateur radio club for the Forsyth County Georgia Area

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. Courses range in length from 8 to 12 weeks long (one class a week), and on the last 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.

Where

Classes will be held at Grace Baptist Church 3775 Spot Rd, Cumming, GA 30040.

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 starting in February of 2018. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with John Munday K4JNM, john.munday@gmail.com

    It will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Classes will be held at Grace Baptist Church 3775 Spot Rd, Cumming, GA 30040.

    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 in or about April 2018. The class will be held at Classes will be held at Grace Baptist Church 3775 Spot Rd, Cumming, GA 30040. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with Jack Fisher KC4I, kc4i@arrl.net Because of the classroom size we are limiting the class to fifteen students.

    The class will run on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm for eight weeks with the FCC general class test offered on the ninth class period.

    Books

    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 – 8th 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, 2015 to June 30, 2019″ 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 the fall of  2017 and running for 12 weeks. Classes will be held on October 3, 10, 31.  Nov. 7, 14, 28,  Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan 9, 16, 23. Classes will be held at Grace Baptist Church 3775 Spot Rd, Cumming, GA 30040.

    This years workshop will be led by Jim Farmer K4BSE. It will run on consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9pm. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with Jim at jofarmer@mindspring.com.

    All attendees should purchase and bring this book to the meetings:
    Extra: The ARRL Extra Class License Manual – 11th Edition – Available through Ham Radio Outlet - Atlanta,  ARRL.com or Amazon - retail $29.95.  (Make sure it says “All the Exam Questions with Answer Key, for use July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020″ on the cover!)

Please email us if you are interested in the next edition of either course, as registration is required so there are materials for everyone. Each planned class will be confirmed when the minimum number of students have expressed interest in attending a course. We look forward to having you join us for the next class!