General's Course

Sponsored by the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club

and the Garden School Amateur Radio Club

Starting February 4th with Test on April 3rd

General Class - Flyer


  • Garden School
  • 3316-79th Street
  • Jackson Heights, NY 11372
  • 718-335-6363

Enter on the 79th Street street entrance. The Course is in Room 30 - 1st door on your right.

Exam Day

Exam sessions are conducted by volunteers working under the direction of the FCC. There will likely be a $15 charge for taking the exam.

What to Bring:

  1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)
  2. If no photo ID is available, two forms of identification:
    1. non-photo ID/driver's license (some states still have them)
    2. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)
    3. social security card
    4. library card
    5. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on the Form 605.
  3. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor's work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.
  4. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN); VEC’s are required by the FCC to submit either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application form. If you prefer not to give your SSN at the exam session, then you may register your SSN with the FCC before exam day. Once you have a FCC issued FRN, you may no longer use your SSN on the application. For instructions on how to register your SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC's FAQ page and the FCC's registration instructions page. Please note that some exam teams will only accept a valid FRN on your application.Check with your local exam team before exam day.
  5. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website or QRZ website, or the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. If your license has already been issued by FCC, the CSCE showing license credit is not needed. The photocopy(s) will not be returned. Instructions on how to obtain an official FCC license copy are on our Obtain License Copy web page.
  6. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.
  7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed. You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session. Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they're free of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during the exam session and the phones' calculator function may not be used. In addition, iPhones, iPads, Androids, smartphones, Blackberry devices and all similar electronic devices with a calculator capability, may NOT be used.
  8. Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Additional Resources

Below are some resources to help you prepare for the course and the test that were taken from the ARRL website.

Many in the ham radio community develop resources to help others study for their license. We also share links to other online resources we think will help you understand concepts that are important to your preparation for a ham radio license.

You'll also find references to resources that will help you get started once you get your license!

While studying the ARRL General Class License Manual to prepare for your exam you may find that you need a bit more background to fully understand a topic. Maybe you'll just be curious and want to know more detail. Either way, this General Class License Manual web page is intended to act as your "study buddy. We recommend that you "bookmark" this site in your web browser.

The new ARRL General Class License Manual, 8th edition has been updated for the latest changes in the FCC General license exam question pool. It will prepare you for the General license exam July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019.

Online Review and Practice Exams

Use the ARRL study manual with ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio to review chapter by chapter. Take randomly generated practice exams using questions from the actual examination question pool.

  • Study Guide-
  • There are significant differences between the order of topics in the official FCC Question Pool sub-elements and the arrangement of material in ARRL's study manual. We've prepared a Study Guide that arranges the questions following the discussion of topics in the study manual.
  • Download the ARRL GCLM Study Guide as a PDF file you can print or view.
  • Introduction
    • Each section of the General Class License Manual has numerous links to this Web site - for resources, study aides and reference. Learn More
  • Procedures & Practices
    • You’ll find that operating on the HF bands as a General Class licensee has many similarities to the operating you’ve done as a Technician. Learn More
  • Rules & Regulations
    • The FCC rules apply equally to HF and VHF+ operation, but there are a number of special situations that apply only to HF operation. Learn More
  • Components & Circuits
    • Part of becoming a General Class ham is learning more about electronics and radio so that you can take advantage of all those new privileges! Learn More
  • Radio Signals & Equipment
    • As you advance to General, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the signals you use to communicate, and how they are received and transmitted. Learn More
  • Antennas
    • Antennas are the key to radio — without them, signals are not transmitted or received. Learn More
  • Propagation
    • Once a signal is traveling between antennas, how does it get from Point A to Point B? What makes bands open and close? Learn More
  • Electrical & RF Safety
    • Observing good safety practices around your ham shack and antenna system is a must! Learn More

Math Tutorials

Please let us know if you have any questions.