Amateur Radio License Classes

At the April 2011 meeting of the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club, it was suggested that we should investigate sponsoring Amateur Radio Licensing classes for the public and for our own members. Concerns were that the “quick study and test” type of class does not teach “how to be a ham” but only how to pass the test. Dan, AA3LS, found the ARRL Licensing Class materials meet these needs. At the May bb2011 meeting of The Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club, it was decided that the club will sponsor Amateur Radio Operator license classes for the members and public.

Updated Information

In Spring 2013, we held another pilot class, using the ARRL General Class materials. Dan, AA3LS, has built a full set of PowerPoint slides for the course. Four students have been attending this class, which will end May 28, 2013.

In Fall 2012, we held our first “regular” Technician level classs under the MAAS auspices. Six students (if I remember correctly) attended, and all successfully passed the examination and earned their FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator Licenses.

In Spring 2012, we held a “pilot” class to allow us to become familiar with the materials and class plan. We started with 4 students, but a father-and-son pair dropped the class when the young teen felt “in over his head” as we moved into electricity and electronics topics. The other two students finished the class, which will end in June, 2012 and passed their official testing. They now hold Technician Class Amateur Radio Operator licenses.

We plan to hold regular public classes in Fall and Spring on an ongoing basis. September 10, 2013 is expected to be the start for the next Technician level class. March 2014 will be the start for the next General level class. The Montrose Area Adult School program will advertise and register students for our class. The Fall class catalog for the Montrose Area School District adult/continuing education organization includes our class information. This catalog receives wide distribution throughout the county and surrounding areas.

We are using the ARRL licensing class materials.

We have permission to use, at no cost to us or the public, classroom space at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse, located on Route 706 (at the intersection of Scott Road) about 4 miles East of Montrose (and 4 miles West of New Milford) on Tuesday evenings. The parking area is behind the church building, off Scott Road.


Introduction to “Ham Radio”, Instructors: Experienced amateur radio operators from the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club. Co-ordinator, Dan Janda.

The telegraph, telephone, radio, television and cell phones are all electronic ways to communicate with people near and far. Amateur (Ham) Radio has been in use for more than 100 years by people who just want to communicate. Some engage in contests, others in handling messages, others in preparation for an emergency. It works when the power goes out or when cell phones are overloaded! This 8 week course will cover the basic knowledge needed to understand the requirements and to pass a 35 question written examination which earns you the privileges of an FCC licensed amateur radio operation and to participate in this fascinating hobby.
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, SR 706 between Montrose and New Milford
Fee: $40 plus $30 textbook (includes practice examination software).


Advanced Amateur Radio, Instructors: Experienced amateur radio operators from the Susquehanna County Amateur Radio Club. Co-ordinator, Dan Janda.

The FCC General Class Amateur Radio Operator enjoys the privilege of operating his or her “Ham Radio” station, contacting other stations around the world. These privileges come with the FCC General Class License. This class will prepare holders of the FCC Technician Class License to take the General Class examination, and to use their new privileges. This 8 week course will cover the advanced knowledge needed to understand the requirements and to be able to pass a 35 question written examination which earns you the privileges of a General Class FCC licensed amateur radio operator and to participate in this fascinating hobby. Prerequisite: Students should have successfully completed “Introduction to ‘Ham Radio'” or hold an FCC Amateur Radio Operator License, Technician Class.
Eight Tuesdays beginning March xxx 2014 at 7:00 p.m.bb
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, SR 706 between Montrose and New Milford
Fee: $40 plus $30 textbook (includes practice examination software).


Members of the club will have opportunities to volunteer to participate in a number of ways:

  • Class Manager, who will provide continuity across topics for class sessions and across class sessions as well.
  • Lesson and/or Topic Instructor, who can teach as little as an individual topic (in which they have knowledge, experience or interest) within the class for a given evening.
  • Participating Mentors, who will both attend the classes, participate in class discussions, and help with individual discussions for students.

Currently four club members have been actively participating in this important activity:

  • Dan, AA3LS
  • Don, W3ZKN
  • Lee, N3LPJ
  • Ray, N3CEM

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