2019 Offerings

Ham Cram for FCC Amateur Radio "Technician" License
Offered annually in February-March, April-May, July-August, and October-November.  

The date of the remaining session in 2019 (always a full day, on the Saturday following the Santa Clara County Fire CERT Class graduation the prior Saturday):
A descriptive flyer for the 2019 class can be downloaded from the FILES section at the bottom of this page. 
To sign up, use at the Sign up link above.

If you encounter problems signing up, 
send a note to: or text to:  408-827-5127 cell.

As the Brochures point out, you will need an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before the exam. You get one by registering at the FCC FRN webpage.

You should plan on taking the online practice exam several times before the class, but recognize that you are likely to answer fewer than 10 questions correctly because you haven't taken the class yet.  The purpose of taking the practice exam is to get comfortable with taking the exam and knowing what you are being asked to learn to get a license. Remember, we are only trying to teach you enough to pass the exam.  Your real knowledge will come from using your radio and maybe participating in our events.

The Technician license is perfect for Emergency Communications activity.  The more advanced licenses are valuable for purposes in addition to Emergency Communications (such as reaching national and international distances).

Directed Self-Study for the FCC Amateur Radio "Technician" License
For those with good motivation and study skills, who want to get the Technician License NOW, download the one-page flyer (near the bottom of this page) entitled "Guided Self-Study FCC Amateur Radio Technician license".

Take a Practice Exam
Try a practice exam now (will take only 15 minutes). Once on the exam page, click on [Take exam].  The more times you take it the easier it gets, but we don't expect you to even come close to passing. 

Almost everyone who has taken practice exams has passed the actual exam at the end of the Ham Cram class because your comfort and motivation to absorb the information will increase.  

If you have the time and are curious, you can see the full Question Pool from which the actual exam questions are taken. Many of the questions may scare you, but DON'T worry, you will learn enough in class to PASS, even if you don't believe it now.

We review EVERY question in the FCC Technician Question Pool during the Ham Cram class.  

These are the FCC Volunteer Examiners who administer the exam for us at the end of the class. If you prefer self-study, you can take the exam from them on the first or third Saturday morning of the month at the Saratoga Fire Station.  Walk-ins accepted.

Hands-On-Training (HOT)
Our HOT (Hands on Training) class is offered approximately one month after each Ham Cram. The next HOT class will be in March 2019.  Information about the class contents will be posted on EventBrite in February. The HOT classes have a very simple objective.  Get new hams on the air with their city Amateur Radio Emergency Communication group ASAP.  The class will help you choose your first radio based on your budget and objectives,  give you the very practical skills needed use your first radio to get on the air with your City's weekly emergency communications practice drill. 

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training
Santa Clara County Fire offers CERT training 6 times a year in different locations within Santa Clara County. Here are the details.
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