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.


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 January 3, 2019. If you are interested please contact us and reserve your spot with John Munday K4JNM, Space is limited.

    It will run on consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm starting on January 3rd and ending on March 7th. There will be no class on Thursday,  January 31st.  Classes will be held at the Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega St (Hwy 9), 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 fourth edition is now available. Be sure to purchase the correct edition of the textbook.

    Technician: The ARRL Ham Radio Licensing Manual - 4rd Edition – Available at Ham Radio Outlet, or Amazon - retail $29.95. ISBN: 978-1-62595-087-1. For a few dollars more the spiral edition is a nice lay flat choice.  (Make sure it says “Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022″ on the over!)

  • General Course
    The Sawnee Amateur Radio Association will be offering a General Class Workshop beginning Thursday, August 23, 2018.  The course will run for approximately nine classes, concluding with the FCC Exam.  The course will be conducted on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm at the downtown Cumming Library.  The class will meet August 23, 30, September 6, 20, October 4, 11, 25, Nov 8, with the concluding FCC License Test on Nov 15. If you would like to enroll in this workshop, please confirm your interest in the course so that we can determine how many seats remain available for others.  Just send an email to Jack Fisher at to get on the class roster.   As with our recently concluded Technician class, there is no fee for the class itself. There will be a $15 fee to take the FCC exam on the last day of the class.  You will need to purchase your study guide, which is the ARRL General Class License Manual.  You will be very happy if you choose to get the spiral bound version.  It is much easier to work with.  Here are three sources for the book:

    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

    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, 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!