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Note about fees: We have never turned anyone down because of inability to pay. If the fee is a problem, please contact us. If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact us. The current fees allow us to offer scholarships to some attendees. We hold HamCrams in Tracy, Stockton and Richmond, CA. We have a HamCram in one or more locations every month. Visit to see other locations and dates.

Tracy HamCram Amateur Radio Study and FCC Examination Session

California Emergency Volunteers, Inc.

Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

Tracy HamCram Amateur Radio Study and FCC Examination S...

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
HamCram Registration (All-Day) New Ham
This is for all new hams.
Ended $30.00 $2.64
HamCram Registration (All Day) Upgrade from Technician to General Class
This is for current Technician Class Hams seeking to upgrade to General Class. Bring a copy of your license that we can keep.
Ended $30.00 $2.64
Testing Only (Arrive at 2:30) Technician Class
This is for someone needing just the Technician Class examination. No HamCram. Bring a copy of your license that we can keep.
Ended $15.00 $0.00
Testing Only (Arrive at 2:30) General Class
This is for a General Class examination only. Be sure you bring a copy of your current license that we can keep.
Ended $15.00 $0.00
Testing Only (Arrive at 2:30) Amateur Extra Class
Testing only for Amateur Extra Class. Please bring a copy of your current General or Advanced Class license that we can keep.
Ended $15.00 $0.00

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Event Details

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! Directions and where to park.

Tracy HamCrams in 2016 are on Saturdays 1/16 3/19 5/14 7/16 9/17 and 11/19

Stockton HamCrams are Sarurday Feb 6 and the second Saturday of April/August/October/December (skips June) Visit for Stockton details.

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 4:00 PM, and you’re done.

Thousands of men and women, aged 16 to 90, have succeeded in the past 20 years, in over 300 sessions. 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 -- 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.”

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-12:00 PM (40 minutes)
  • Study Period 4 12:00-12:50 PM
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Study Period 5 1:00-1:50 PM
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • Study Period 6 2:00-2:50 PM
  • (Break 10 minutes)
  • Exam 3:00 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 chllenging 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 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. 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.

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 abour 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 accomodate 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.


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?

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 cafeteria 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?

Yes. Please advise us in advance.

What is the refund policy?

If you don't show up or cancel we may or 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.

Have questions about Tracy HamCram Amateur Radio Study and FCC Examination Session? Contact California Emergency Volunteers, Inc.

When & Where

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (Community Rooms)
1420 North Tracy Boulevard
Tracy, CA 95376

Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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California Emergency Volunteers, Inc.

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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