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BARS & FRRL 2018 - Technician License Class


Do you want to become a Ham Radio Operator?

Now is your chance to get your first Amateur Radio License.
(Technician Class License)

BARS offers multi-week Amateur Radio License training classes at no charge for people wishing to prepare for either their first amateur radio license or for a license upgrade.  This class will be co-offered and instructed by both BARS and the Fox River Radio League (FRRL).


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Technician Class Course

When:     Saturday Mornings

Time:         9:00 AM -to12:00 PM (noon

Dates:       April 7 -thru-  June 9, 2018 

Where:      Golden Corral - Aurora

                4270 E. New York St., Aurora, IL 

This class is being sponcored by:  Golden Corral - Aurora - 4270 East New York Street, Aurora, IL 

(North of the Fox Valley Mall).

(Please Register Below) 

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The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) is joining together with the Fox River Radio League (FRRL) to presnt a NEW –  Amateur Radio Technician Class License course this spring. 

This is a FREE 10 week course.  Where you will learn everything you need to receive your new Amateur (Ham) Radio Technician Class FCC radio license. 

This class is designed for people, who are new to the hobby, and are interested in finding out more about the world of the Amateur Radio.  There is no prior license required.  There is no age limit.  There is only the need of interest in the Ham Radio hobby, and a willingness to learn.   Be prepared for both interactive, group and individual study. There will be a VE test license exam on the last week of the course.   But not to fret, the Technician Class course itself provides you with all the knowledge and information that you’ll need to pass the exam.  Invite your ‘Want-a-Be’ HAM friends, your Spouse, your Children, Nieces, Nephews, or Grandchildren.   ANYONE is invited to join the class or “sit in” as a refresher.  If you’ve EVER had an interest in Amateur Radio, attend this FREE course, study and get your Amateur Technician Class license!
The textbook for the class will be The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd Edition.  Be sure you have a copy before the class.   Books can be purchased online through www.arrl.org, atlocal hamfests, or other online sources such as Amazon, and Kindle.  Additional study material will be given to you at the classes.  After receiving your ARRL Ham Radio License Manual book, be sure to review the book and read the first chapter.  To be ready to dive into learning at the first class and to ask questions.

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Technician Class Course Material:

The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd Edition.

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The ARRL offers the Ham Radio License Manual we will be using in this class.

 Soft Cover Version    -    Spiral Bound Version

Kindle Edition

  Class Registration:

Attending the Class is FREE but in order to get a head count, we are asking that you register so we know you are coming.   Please click the link below to go to the FRRL website and register.

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2018 Technician Class Schedule:

All classes are from 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Printable PDF Tech Class Schedule below:

 Wk   Date  Chapter   Topic   Instructor   Callsign
 1  Sat. - April 7    Ch. 1  What is Amateur Radio?
  - Amateur Radio Activities
  - Getting your Amateur Radio License
 BARS:    Russell Rezaian   AB9UE  
 2  Sat. - April 14    Ch. 2  Radio and Signals Fundamentals 
  - Radio Signals and Waves
  - Radio Equipment Basics
 FRRL:    Denny Barfuss   W9HI  
 3  Sat. - April 21    Ch. 3  Electricity, Components, & Circuits
  - Electricity
  - Components and Units
  - Types of Radios and Radio Circuits
 Larry Hageman   N9LH  
 4  Sat. - April 28    Ch. 4  Propagation, Antennas, & FeedLines 
  - Propagation
  - Antenna Fundamentals
  - Feed Lines and SWR
 BARS:    Russell Rezaian   AB9UE  
 5  Sat. - May 5    Ch. 5  Amateur Radio Equipment
  - Transmitters and Receivers
  - Digital Communications
  - Power Supplies and Batteries
 FRRL:    Dan Taddei   W9STS  
 6  Sat. - May 12  Ch. 6  Communicating with Other Hams
  - Band Plans
  - Using Repeaters
  - Nets
  - Emergency Communications
 FRRL:    Debby Gray   WX9VOR  
 7 Sat. - May 19    Ch. 7  Licensing Regulations
  - Working with the FCC
  - Bands and Privileges
  - Call Signs
 FRRL:    Roger Bara   W9YU  
 8  Sat. - May 26    Ch. 8  Operating Regulations
  - Identification
  - Interference
  - Prohibited Transmissions
 9  Sat. - June 2    Ch. 9  Safety
  - Electrical Sfety
  - RF Exposure
  - Mechanical Safety
 10  Sat. - June 9    Test  VE Testing
  - Fee: $15.
  - Need to Bring:  Photo ID 


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This is not a Cram Class.  A good amount of study on your own will be required.

Class Location:

Golden Corral
4270 East New York Street
Aurora, IL  60504

This Course is sponsored by: Golden Corral - Aurora, IL
If you wish, to enjoy breakfast please come early.  
BARS & FRRL members are invited to come early, eat breakfast, and offer their support.

This Course is co-presented by:
FRRL - Fox River Radio League -- website: www.frrl.org
BARS - Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society -- website: www.k9bar.org


To Register Click:   Class Registration

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BARS Logo n text 2          BARS - Education Committee

Committee Chair (TBD)    Cyndi Gillies (Acting Chair)    K9NAX  
Committee Members   Russell Rezaian   AB9UE
    Lance Clarke    W9QB

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Committee Chair    Allen Nelson    KB9VO
 Committee Members    Dan Taddei   W9STS