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 HamCram events by studying the actual questions and answers, some of which will appear on the 35-question 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 an Amateur Radio training course. You will not understand ham radio when you complete the HamCram.
You will become licensed and able to learn at your own pace. Additional free Amateur Radio 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..
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 35-question multiple-choice exam chosen from a publicly-available pool of questions. A passing score requires 26 or more correct answers.
HamCram is not a class. It is guided study — six 50-minute reading sessions with 10-minute breaks and a 30-minute break for lunch. The FCC exam is given at the end of the day.
We divide the question pool into six segments, each containing about 60 questions. This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span and fight 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.”
You must be present all day — no exceptions.
90% Success Rate
Short-term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate. Volunteer examiners are not permitted to change either the question or the correct 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 Just One Day” is truly the quick way to get your Technician Class Amateur Radio license, though it may be chllenging to some. Current Technician-class licensees may HamCram for their upgrade to the General Class license.
Unfortunately, the Amateur Extra Class question pool is too large for the HamCram method to be effective. We allow Extra attendees to study the Extra pool at a session by only special request. You cannot upgrade from General to Extra with just a HamCram.
Testing-Only Also Available
The FCC 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 the HamCram just to take an exam. The cost for the exam only is the officially-prescribed fee of $15.00. If you’ve paid to attend the HamCram, the exam fee is included.
Note: $8 of the HamCram fee is designed for the FCC examination.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The FCC requires us to check a photo ID to confirm identity. New ham must provide a Social Security Number (no exceptions). Current hams must provide the FCC registration number (FRN) that appears on their license (no Social Security Number). If you have any FCC license, please bring a photocopy of it that we may keep.
There is no age limit, low or high.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking is available in front and on the side of the hospital, off Tracy Blvd. Enter through the hospital's front door and head straight down the hall, take a left, then a right. The Community Rooms are on the left. Follow signs to the cafeteria. If you get to the cafeterial you went one turn too far.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Food/snacks/water/lunch, iPhone/iPod (provided we don't have to listen to it), any fees owed, pen/pencil, copy of any FCC license you hold, photo ID.
Anything that might frighten someone or interfere with the hospital or the HamCram.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
What is the refund policy?
If you don't show up or cancel we may or may not issue a refund or allow you to attend a future event at no charge. This is generally based on whether we could have sold your registration to someone else.
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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