Coronado Emergency Radio Operators Ham Radio License Course
When is the Course Being Held?
Monday Nov 28 – 600pm-830pm
Thursday Dec 1 – 600pm-830pm
Monday Dec 5 – 600pm-900pm …………including testing starting at 730pm.
Where is the course being held?
The course is being held at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Coronado Police Station700 Orange Avenue, Coronado CA 92118.
How much does the course cost?
The course is free. You may wish to buy printed books or media to study on your own, although we will send you free study material via e-mail before the course.
There is a $15 fee per attempt to write the FCC Technician Level Amateur Radio Examination which will be provided by the Volunteer Examiners on the last night of the course.
How is the class organized?
The course is held over three nights and reviews the subject material and question bank for the Federal Communications Commission Amatuer Radio Examination. Testing is available on the last night of the course.
Just who is the instructor?
The Instructors are Fred Brown, W5BN and Jay Doucet W6SH. Both are experienced ham radio operators instructors.
What happens after I enroll?
You will receive an e-mail with course information and study material as well as suggested on-line testing websites. You then show up for class and the instructors teach you the rest.
What do I need to know before taking the class?
You need to know that you really want to be a Ham Radio Operator! Other than that, there is no prerequisite for taking the course. Past students have ranged from youngsters to grandparents and from secretaries to electrical engineers.
What happens in class?
After introductions, we start off with rules and regulations. Not only do we discuss the rules, we discuss why the rules are in place and give some ways to remember them all. Over the next two nights, we continue on with all of the things you need to know - Procedures, Propagation, Practice, Electricity, Components, Circuits, Emissions, Antennas and RF Safety. We talk about the concepts, demonstrate them on our ham station in the classroom, discuss typical exam questions and then test you with a practice quiz.
When do I take the test?
The class concludes on the last evening, Monday Dec by 730pm. At that time certified Volunteer Examiners come in to administer the tests. They then tell you that you have passed and will give you a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE). After passing the exam, your license will posted on the FCC database in a few short days and then, you can go on the air! The actual printed license will arrive from the FCC in a week or two.
Can you really teach all this in 1 or 2 days?
Most new hams have successfully completed this kind of course and are on the air! If you like statistics, about 95% of all students who have taken this kind of course have earned their license.
Do I have to learn the Morse Code?
The FCC has dropped the Morse Code Testing requirement for all amateur licenses, effective February 23rd, 2007.
When & Where
Coronado Emergency Radio Operators
What is CERO?
CERO is Coronado, California's volunteer emergency communications resource.
CERO is a American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated amateur (ham) radio club with a public service mission to support our city and community with effective emergency communications during local, regional or widespread disasters, including support to the Coronado CERT team.
Our club is also about learning about amateur radio, electronics and disaster communications. We also support community events, enjoy meeting new friends and having fun!