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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958 an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

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Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817 Monthly: 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 PM

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.
IARU: 2 Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.

Contact us at:   SARA / W8QQQ <Email>

You're invited to a club meeting!  7:00 PM the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Corunna, MI.

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Quick Information:


Technician License Class

18 April, 2020 ~ 8:30 AM till 3:00 PM

FCC Exam Testing will follow!

SARA will host a Review class for the FCC Technician License at the James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817.

We are limited to 20 people - register early!

Future Meeting Plans:

10 Mar 2020 ARES @ 18:00 local

10 Mar 2020 SARA @ 19:00 local

14 Apr 2020 SARA @ 19:00 local

  Link: SARA Meetings for Full Details

SARA Calendar from the W8SHI site.

VE Review Class & Test - Saturday, April 18 (test at end)

VE Testing - Thursday, April 23, 2020

Full details: VE Testing.

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2020 SARA Officers

President  Kevin Middleton  
  Vice President  Don Warner
SecretaryPhillip Bates
TreasurerDennis Phillips
TrusteeTom Carpenter
TrusteeChuck Dafoe
TrusteeMike Middleton

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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association

Review class for Technician License ~ 18 Apr 2020


The Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA] has set plans for a 'one day review session' for the Technician Class License training day. We have not done a 'one day' review version before, so excuse our approach. We have enough members who will be leading the review effort: Tom Kurtz, W8TEK; Dennis Phillips, KC8ETW; & Don Warner, WB8GUS will focus on initial instructor duties. Tom Carpenter, KI8AS will assist with testing coordination. Phil Bates, AC8FW will assist with location and facilities efforts. Additional members will help lead the Q & A sessions during the class. Things will be a little 'fluid' as we approach the session, please excuse us as we learn how to do this. Cost of the class is 'free' (no charge). We will accept donations to the SARA Equipment fund, if you wish.

Class will be Saturday, 18 Apr 2020 starting at 8:30 AM [sharp] (coffee at 8:00 AM) and go to about 3:00 PM. A 30 minute lunch break around noon (on your own - we highly suggest you bring a sack lunch due to time). There will be a test session from about 3:15 PM until last person is finished. Testing cost is $15.00 per test. Cash is best.

The our first choice for training materials is to use Dan Romanchik, KB6NU's book "No Nonsense! Technician Class License Study Guide"(free download). If you are considering attending this class for a license YOU MUST download and read the text before attending the class. It is a very good book for presenting what you will need to know! (8 pages a day average and in two weeks you will be done). The review class will use this material for answering questions during the class. It is suggested that you followup with taking practice exams until you have a good passing rate. Additional dialog is below.

The review class is structured to 'review' material covered on the test. It is NOT a class to teach the entire amount you will need to pass an exam! You MUST STUDY the materials before coming to the class. This is a 'self-study' approach where you should read the class material (offered in several forms), take 'practice exams' (online), and learn the basic material and prepare for 'the test'. The class will review a feww of the questions and some reasoning behind those questions, answer any questions from the floor and probably have some 'war-stories' on SARA members experiences.

Some additional material you can use:

A nice set of "Technician Study Cards" to use can be found at: Technician Study Cards (K4USD)
Great for quick access on your cell phone or tablet.

Gordon West, WB6NOA has "2018-2022 Technician License Study Guide" (about $30.00) that many have used to learn the required material. One source is: Abe Books or search the internet.

The American Radio Relay League [A.R.R.L.] offers a study guide: "ARRL Ham Radio License Manual: All You Nee to Become an Amateur Radio Operator". A link: ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (~$14,00).

Craig Buck, K4IA has "Technician Class 2018-2022: Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test - The Easy Way". A link: Technician Class 2018-2022: Pass Your Amateur Radio Technician Class Test - The Easy Way.

The process will be for interested parties (you) to read and study material BEFORE CLASS, use 'online' testing sites to practice taking the exams multiple times (again, before class). The goal is for students to know what areas of the exam are difficult for them and to share that with the instructors in the class. The instructors will discuss the class's list of difficult areas and answer individual questions based on those areas. There is no plan to 'teach the material' to incoming students. The student must 'self study' prior to the class. If you are passing practice exams online at a 85% level before the class you can feel very confident that after review, you will have a very large probability of passing the 'official testing session' very easily.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS as you are reading and studying - send an email to: W8QQQ and we will attempt to answer your question.

Review sessions (one day classes) have widely varying results, but it is very evident that those that pre-study have a high level of passing and that parties who do not pre-study have a very, very difficult time in passing. SARA believes that a good 'pre-study' plan is a requirement for this study path!

Also, please take the time to review SARA's material Technician License Study page for additional details on studying and test makeup. The areas include: test makeup information (how the test is structured), study guide information (several sources), sites for practice exams and some math tutorials for amateur exams. You may wish to look all these areas along with reviewing the Romanchik material.

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Suggested Study Process: (steps)

The following steps will quickly lead you to an amateur radio license. It is highly recommended that you follow these steps:

  1. Contact a radio club for social contacts and further your education on the hobby. You may do this at any time. Clubs can play a very large part in your progress!
  2. Read and review testing material (multiple times). This is the 'self-study' process that is the key to success!
  3. Do many sample tests on a web site. The ARRL has 'Ham Review' app to help you at any level: ARRL EXAM REVIEW app site. You need to establish an account and respond to an email, but then your review is just a click away. It is FREE! so go for it.
    There are several 'exam test sites' you can use - see links below! Most are free but some charge... you choose what helps you.
  4. Analyze results of practice tests and restudy your weaker topics. Review all questions missed.
  5. Contact a test coordinator and schedule a test (join our review class). Check with that local club to see what is available in your area.
  6. Pass the test.
  7. Buy and setup equipment to support your interests.
  8. Enjoy the hobby!
  9. Continue to operate, learn and upgrade to higher license classes. There are a liftime's worth of details in the broad areas of amateur radio application.

As in any technical area, mathematics leads the way to a quicker understanding, but the mathematics level can be at very basic levels for any of the amateur radio tests. In today's world, computers and mathematics seem to be required, but you can decide what level you wish to let these influence your ham future. The final answer should always be: "It is your 'hobby' and should always be fun!". If not, you are doing it wrong. Do not let influences push you to an unhappy state, just set your pace and enjoy the journey. Make it your hobby! The SARA Technician License Study page has links for math help.

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Practice Exams for Technician Class License

Links to try

SARA has a tradition of supporting licensing and education of new hams. The following exam practice aids have been developed by other hams to support that effort and are shared freely with any others who want to obtain or upgrade to a particular license. Check these out to see which one(s) will be most useful to you:

  • Online practice exams.
  • Online practice exams.
  • N3FJP Practice Exams Downloadable Programs for Tech, General & Extra ~ Free.
  • practice exams, flash cards and question pools.
  • offers proven accessibility to blind users with its option for "no figures" in the exam. AA9PW also includes practice exams for commercial licenses. {Current Tech is from 2014 material}.
  • Ham Test Online NOT free [$25], but provides complete study information and has sections for the higher class licenses.

Remember to take lots of 'practice exams' as they help you prove to yourself that you are getting better. Also, the questions you do get wrong, show which subelement you need to concentrate on for further study. If you pass several tests in a row above the 85% level, you can seriously consider taking the real test and have an excellent probability of passing it. We invite local vistors to come to the club for assistance in getting their first license or any level of 'upgrade'.

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