Two New Ham Classes Offered

HAM Class being offered at Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire Station

Would you like to talk to people around the world (without the phone bill)? How would you like to assist Fire Department or Red Cross in a disaster? Or would you just like to make new friends by talking over the radio? Want to expand your HAM skills?

A General Class license class is going to be held on Wednesdays for approximately 8 weeks starting on January 17th from 7-9PM This class will teach you all you need to know to get your 2nd HAM license. This class is open to the public and is for folks ages 7 to 109. The class is going to be taught at the Volunteer Fire Station at 17445 Old Summit Road.

The class will use the book “The ARRL General Class License Manual, Level 2, General, Eighth Edition” The manual comes with a CD with all the question set used for the FCC Technician license. This manual can be purchased for $28.45 at . The manual can also be purchased off the web at   for $29.95.

The first class will cover Chapters 1 and 2. These chapters cover 1) how to get upgrade your Amateur Technician license, and 2) operating in the HF. The second class will cover FCC rules and regulations. The third class will cover electrical components and basic circuits. The 4th class will radio signal types and HAM equipment. The next class will cover digital modes and how to connect to the Internet via HAM radio. The 6th class will cover antenna types and simple antenna design rules. The 7th Radio propagation and why with General Class rules you can reach out to the whole world. The last session will cover Electrical and radio safety and will go over the question set.

There will be a required class fee of $20.00 to be paid in cash at the beginning of the first class.

For those interested in attending the HAM class, should purchase the book The ARRL General Class License Manual, Level 2, General, Eighth Edition, show up at the volunteer Fire Station on 17 January 2018. It is recommended that participants bring pencil and paper to be able to take notes. Any questions can be e-mailed to Bert Bailey at


Technician Class License Course in Ben Lomond

I will discuss the class described below at the Santa Cruz ARC meeting on Friday, January 19.

An amateur radio class will be offered in Ben Lomond during January-February 2018. This class will prepare students to pass the exam for the Technician class amateur radio license issued by the FCC. The class is offered free as a public service.

The class will be taught from 7 to 9 PM on six successive Monday nights starting on January 22. Location of the class is St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Glen Arbor and Riverside in Ben Lomond. The class will be taught by Ray Wentz of Ben Lomond. A textbook for this class will be available at a discounted price of $22.50. Textbooks will be available at the first class session.

To register for the class send an e-mail to Ray Wentz at Please include your name and telephone number in the e-mail.

Additional information is available by telephone (831-336-8421).

Class size will be limited to about 18 people.

Ray Wentz, W6LPW