2013 Week 1: Welcome to Amateur Radio

This is the class outline for week 1 of the SCARS Technician class 2013.

Week 1 Outline

Class web page: www.w5nor.org/class2013


  • Peter Laws N5UWY
    • System Administrator, National Weather Center
    • Volunteer Exam (VE) Team Liaison
  • Jud Ahern W5JA
    • Professor, retired, OU, Geology and Geophysics
    • 2 harmonics, Patrick KD5DOH, Kelly W0KKA
    • licensed for 47 years (I know, I don’t look my age)

How the class works

  • 8 weeks, Jan 17 through Mar 7, 7 pm – 9 pm (1900 – 2100)
  • Week 8 (Mar 7) is Exam Night
    • bring $15
    • bring legal photo id
    • pencil and (optional) calculator
  • We don’t teach you how to pass the test; you do!
    • read book!
    • take sample tests! (see main class page for sites or use CD that came with your book)
    • ask questions!
  • The Test
      • you WILL pass the test!
      • last year: 18 took the test, 17 passed on test night, the other passed the 2nd time he took it
      • 35 multiple-choice questions, selected “randomly” from pool of 350+ questions
      • must answer 26+ questions correctly
      • all questions, and their answers, are in your book!
      • see main class page for sub-element breakdown
      • you can, and should, take “the test” over and over, for free
        • again, see main class page page for sites or use CD that came with your book
    • Technician Exam Breakdown (35 Questions)
      SubElement	  Subject	                No. Questions
         T1        FCC Rules                      5
         T2        Methods of Communication       2
         T3        Radio Phenomena                2
         T4        Station Licensee Duties        3
         T5        Control Operator Duties        3
         T6        Good Operating Practices       3
         T7        Basic Comm. Electronics        3
         T8        Good Engineering Practice      6
         T9        Special Operations             2
         T0        Electrical, Antenna Structure
                   and RF Safety Practices        6
  • The Course
    • some courses just teach what you need to know to pass the test
    • we do some of that, but also try to teach you what you need to know to be a ham

Welcome to Amateur Radio