Get Your Amateur Radio License in Just One Day!
You can get your Amateur Radio License in a single day using our proven technique. No Morse code test is required!
Thousands have gotten their licenses at our events by studying the actual questions and answers, some of which will appear on the FCC exam given at the end of the day.
No memorization is required. With the HamCram technique the answer that “looks right” usually is. More than 90 percent of students pass their license exam on their very first try.
This is not a ham radio training course. You will not understand ham radio when you complete the HamCram.
You will, however, be licensed and able to learn from other hams at your own pace. Additional free training is offered.
We encourage HamCram participants to line up a ham mentor in advance, if possible.
HamCram is an easy way for emergency workers (paid and volunteer), CERT team members, and others who might use Amateur Radio in an emergency to get their licenses.
It is also a great way for family members to get their Amateur Radio licenses.
There is no easier or quicker way to get a ham license.
HamCram is for persons seeking their first license (Technician Class) as well as current hams seeking to upgrade from Technician to General Class..
If you have ever wanted to get your license (or know someone who should), now’s the time!
What is a HamCram?
How to quickly and easily become a licensed ham radio operator may be a mystery to you. You might even want a license right now and not know how to get one.
“Get Your License in One Day” is the perfect solution. No tedious preliminary home study. No long, boring once-a-week classes. You attend for just one day, 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM, and you’re done. Thousands of men and women, ages 16 to 90, have quickly succeeded in the past ten years, in over 100 sessions. The success rate has never been less than 90 percent for adults. If you want to bring a younger person -- we have had kids as young as 8 pass -- please contact us before registering them for additional information.
How does this work?
In 1984, the FCC transferred testing for Amateur Radio licenses to certified volunteers from the ham community. Applicants now pass a brief multiple-choice exam on a publicly-available pool of questions. The pool is made large enough to insure a legally-adequate familiarity with amateur radio law and practice.
Twenty-five years have proven this concept valid. Hams today, who have passed under this newer licensing system, conduct themselves on the air just as well as hams ever have. The real learning takes place once you are on-the-air.
A HamCram is not a class. It is guided study — six 45 minute pool-reading sessions with breaks and lunch. The FCC exam is given at the end of the day.
We divide the pool into six segments. This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span against study fatigue. In other words, we tell you how to study, keep you doing it in an organized way, and then give you the test as soon as you are finished. It is a proven “winning formula.”
Sample Session Schedule (Subject to change -- big crowds, late starts add 30 minutes in the beginning with the first study period starting at 9:00 AM.)
Preliminaries 8:15-8:30 AM
Study Period 1 8:30-9:20 AM
Study Period 2 9:30-10:20 AM
Study Period 3 10:30-11:20 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Study Period 4 12:00-12:50 PM
Study Period 5 1:00-1:50 PM
Study Period 6 2:00-2:50 PM
Exam 3:00 PM
You must be present all day — no exceptions.
Short-term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate. Volunteer examiners are not permitted to change either the question or the right answers. All exams questions will be what you have been studying in the session. This is the biggest reason why 90% are easily able to recognize the correct answers immediately after reading the question pool thoroughly.
“Get Your License in One Day,” though to some a bit challenging, is truly the quick way to get your Technician Class Amateur Radio license. Alternately you may study for the written element of the General Class license. Also, the Extra Class license pool is too lengthy for this method. We only allow Extra attendees to study the Extra pool at a session by special request.
The exam session at 3 PM is open to the public. At it we administer all levels of amateur radio exams: Technician, General, and Extra class. One need not attend all day just to take an exam. The cost for one exam only is the officially-prescribed fee of $15.00. If you’ve paid to attend the whole day, the exam fee is included.
Note: $8 of the HamCram fee is designed for the FCC examination.
Thanks to W6NBC for this content, which appears slightly modified.
HamCram℠ is a service mark of David E. Coursey
California Emergency Volunteers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity serving volunteer first responders in Northern California.
Our primary focus is on training. We offer a highly-successful Amateur Radio training program as well as topical courses and specialized training for volunteer responders. We also operate a notification system and support Amateur Radio repeaters and other technologies used by emergency volunteers.
Presently, our members are primarily from Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Amateur Radio organizations in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties.
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