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Manteca HamCram Amateur Radio Study and FCC Examination Session

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Doctors Hospital of Manteca

1205 E North St

Manteca, CA 95336

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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!

Attendance at each event is limited, so register today!
Preregistration is required! No walk-ins!

Stockton HamCrams and listed at w6sf.org and take place in alternate (even-numbered) months than Manteca HamCrams (1st Saturday of odd-numbered months).

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. HamCrams license more new hams in Northern California than any other program.

No memorization is required. With the HamCram technique, the answer that “looks right” usually is right. More than 90 percent of students pass their license exam on their very first try. It is common for us to have a 100 percent pass rate!

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, too.

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 may 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, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and you’re done.

Thousands of men and women, aged 8 to 90, have succeeded in the past 20 years over more than 300 events. The success rate has never been less than 90 percent for motivated adults. If you want to bring a younger person -- we have had kids as young as 8 pass the FCC exam -- please contact us for additional information when registering anyone below age 18 or over age 70.

How does HamCram 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 an hour 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.”

Session Schedule

  • Preliminaries 8:00-8:30 AM
  • Study Period 1 8:30-9:20 AM
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Study Period 2 9:30-10:20 AM
  • (Break 10 minutes)
  • Study Period 3 10:30-11:20 AM
  • Lunch 11:20 AM-12:20 PM (60 minutes)
  • Study Period 4 12:20-1:20 PM
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Study Period 5 1:30-2:20 PM
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Study Period 6 2:30-3:20 PM
  • (Break 10 minutes)
  • Exam 3:30 PM

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 exam questions and answers 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 beginner-level Technician Class Amateur Radio license, though it may be challenging for some. Current Technician licensees may HamCram for their upgrade to the General Class license.

The advanced-level 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. We do offer Extra Class testing, both at HamCrams and on an on-demand basis (contact us for details).

Testing-Only Also Available

The FCC exam session at 3:30 PM is open to the public. We administer all levels of amateur radio exams: Technician, General, and Extra class. One need not attend the HamCram just to take an exam. There is no cost for an exam-only.

Does HamCram Work for Everybody?


Many intelligent people have trouble with HamCram because they are unwilling to use the HamCram method. They don't believe us when we say advance study hurts and trying to "figure out" the test results in incorrect answers. Follow our directions and you will be part of the 90 percent.

You must be motivated. HamCramming is work -- boring work -- and if you really don't want a ham license, please stay home.

People with learning disabilities may or may not have trouble HamCramming. Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc. make cramming more difficult, but not impossible. Lots of people with these issues pass just fine. Call us to talk about your situation if you have concerns.

Children and young people may have problems because of their limited attention spans -- but many have passed. You may call us to talk about your situation.

People with vision issues may have trouble but we will do everything possible to accommodate them. Please call and we will work with you.

A HamCram is the easiest way, but not the only way, to get your license. If HamCram doesn't work for you, we will find a method that does. If you sincerely want a license, we will help you get one, whatever it takes.

Who Can Get In Free?

in 2018, we again are making available a limited number of FREE HamCram registrations to members of the following groups:

  • Paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters working in San Joaquin County
  • Law enforcement officers working in San Joaquin County
  • Hospital emergency department staff and others working in San Joaquin County
  • Spouses and children of licensed hams living in San Joaquin County
  • Active Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Scout leaders in San Joaquin County
  • Low-income, fixed-income residents of San Joaquin County
  • Disabled persons living in San Joaquin County

If you wish to take advantage of this offer choose the "Special Free Registration" category. You may be asked to submit some verification of your claimed status. Please do not claim a free admission if you can easily pay (which underwrites the free registrations).


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 hams 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?

Enter the hospital conference center through a marked door at the corner of North and Cottage. Park across the street at the professional building, not at the hospital.

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?

Yes. Please advise us in advance.

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