Delta Amateur Radio Club
2014 Training Class Information


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This page last modified on 01/12/15

All Delta Club sponsored training classes are FREE to anyone interested in obtaining an amateur radio license.  The student is responsible for the purchase of the license manual and the $15 ARRL FCC examination fee. Delta Club does not profit financially in any way regarding these classes. Classes are posted a month or two in advance of class.


Licenses Earned in 2014 from Delta Classes

  25 Technician
  12 General
    6 Extra


If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2013 just click this link.

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If you are interested in any of the classes, send an email to Joe Lowenthal at wa4ovo@gmail.com or simply click this link and give him your name, email address, and contact phone number, preferably cell, with the subject line stating the class that you are interested in attending.

2014 Scheduled Classes

None at this time

Planned Classes

Extra Class
The next Extra class will probably start in early January 2015. If you are interested, send an email to Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO at wa4ovo@gmail.com with the Subject line "Extra Class" and your name, email address and cellphone number in the text area.

General Class
The next General class will probably start in late February 2015. If you are interested, send an email to Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO at wa4ovo@gmail.com with the Subject line "General Class" and your name, email address and cellphone number in the text area, and whether you would like a Saturday 9am - 1pm class, or a Monday night 6:15 - 9:30pm class.

2014 Current Classes

None at this time


Future Classes

Technician Class

If  you are interested in the first amateur license class, Technician, please let us know by sending an email to wa4ovo@gmail.com with the subject line "Technician Class" and give your name, email address and a contact phone number (preferably a cell number). Or you can call 901-628-4318. We usually publish class schedules a month or two in advance. You will be notified by email or phone when the class is set if you send an email informing us of your desire to be in a class.

There is no charge for the class, but registration is required. Advanced study of The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Revised Third Edition, product #0222, ISBN 978-1-62595-013-0 (red brick colored cover) is strongly suggested, as well as study of the 426 question and answer Technical Class License question pool. You can purchase it online from www.msars.com, www.arrl.org/catalog, on Amazon.com or possibly at Barnes & Nobel Booksellers.

The current Technician Class License question pool, which was approved by the NCVEC on December 12, 2013, can be seen at http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=362. Testing for this question pool started July 1, 2014 and is valid through June 30, 2018.

Practice tests are highly recommended. The new www.qrz.com website is free. To access the sample tests, go to www.qrz.com. From the QRZ home page click on RESOURCES in the blue band on the top right. Click on Practice Amateur Radio Exam. Then click on the 2014 Technician Practice Test. When you start answering the questions, it will show you if you answered correctly or not with CORRECT! or SORRY BUT THAT ANSWER IS NOT CORRECT. Statistics are kept below the test question at This Quiz with the number of questions answered correctly and the percentage correct. Also shown is the number of questions answered correctly from the 426 questions of the question pool. It keeps track of your correct answers on subsequent tests. Below the This Quiz line is the Questions In This Test, that is a list of the 35 question numbers of the current test. If answered correctly, the question number radio button turns green. If answered incorrectly, it turns red.

There are a number of other free sample test sites on the internet. Here are some of the ham radio practice exam sites:



The 35 question FCC exam will be given during the class by a Volunteer Examiner (VE) team. The ARRL VEC FCC exam fee is $15.00

General Class

If  you are interested in a General License class, please let us know by sending an email to wa4ovo@gmail.com with a subject line "General Class" or just click this link. Please include in the email your name, email address and a contact phone number, preferably a cell number or call Joe at 901-628-4318. The current question pool became effective July 1, 2011 and is valid through June 30, 2015. The text is The ARRL General Class License Manual, Seventh Edition which comes with a sample test CD, ARRL product #8119, ISBN 978-0-87259-811-9. You will be notified by email or phone when the next class dates are set.


Basic Electronics

Basic Electronics is geared toward bridging the gap between the General and Extra Class licenses. There is not a Basic Electronics class in the classroom anymore since there is so much available on the internet. Alan Proffitt AE5RX has created a Google website for basic electronics for the Delta Club with useful links. Click on https://sites.google.com/site/darcelectronics/my-forms and then click on syllabus.docx at the bottom of the list. Alan will Elmer anyone who would like help or refer them to another Elmer. You can email Alan at alan.proffitt@comcast.net. One site inside this Google site is the US Navy Electricity and Electronics Testing Site (NEETS). There are 24 modules with excellent information. If you want to go directly to the Navy site, go to http://jacquesricher.com/NEETS/.


Extra Class

If  you are interested in an Extra Class, please pre register by sending an email to wa4ovo@gmail.com or just click this link. In the body of the email please provide your name, email address and a contact phone number, preferably a cell phone number. You can also contact Joe at 901-628-4318. You will be notified by mail or phone when the next Extra class dates are set.  Classes are usually held on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm for 6 or 7 weeks in January or February. The text is The ARRL Extra Class License Manual 10th Edition, ARRL product #5170, ISBN 978-0-87259-517-0.


2014 Completed Classes

Tech Class 5-14 - November 10 thru December 15, 2014

Tech Class 5-14 was held on 4 Monday nights from November 10th through December 15th from 6:15 - 9:30pm at EMHC ambulance company training room, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. The text was The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Third Edition. There were seven students in the class. A new format was used. The class met every other week and also studied Hamtestonline as part of the instruction material for the students to study at home. The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO and Pat Lane W4OQG. The question pool and FCC test were offered on December 8th by the Delta Club VE team of Bill Stevens WC9S, Rick Tillman WA4NVM, Dick Gookenham K3ORS, Ray Turner AE0AE, David Webb KV4QI and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO. The Repeater Basics and equipment review was held on December 15th. Equipment review presenters were Michael Knight KK4IOH and Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ. The Elmers were Tom Ernst N4LIA and Geoff Wilson KV4LE. Congratulations to Randy Brown KM4GLF and Michelle Komberger KM4GLG for earning their Technician license.



Tech Class 5-14 instruction on the J-pole during the antennas and feedlines class by Pat Lane W4OQG.
Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Extra Class 2-14 Update
Congratulations to Janet Kelly KK4RPT for earning her Extra ticket at the September 9th Delta Club ARRL FCC exam session.


Tech Class 4-14 - July 14 thru August 18, 2014

Tech Class 4-14 was held on 6 Monday nights from July 14th through August 18th from 6:15-9:30pm. A special thank you goes to Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6865 Poplar Pike, for the use of their classroom, gym and AV equipment for Tech Class 4-14. There were 23 students in the class with 4 youth and 6 women. Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO was the primary instructor with Geoff Wilson KM4LE and Pat Lane W4OQG adding their knowledge.

The exam review was held on August 11th with the WCARS FCC exam offered that night. Sixteen of the 17 students have earned their ticket. Congratulations go to Brent Berry KM4DPM, Jackie Butler KG5DMW, Patricia Clevenger KM4DPO, Andy Faust KM4DPI, Logan Guleff KM4DPN, Dee Heflin KM4DQY, Marlin Mogy KM4DPP, Nick Molinaro KM4DPK, Shane Revelle KE0BLT, Brad Shideler KG4DMV, Bill Stagg KM4DPJ, Carla Stagg KM4DPH, Jagan Vemula KM4DPL, Aiden Vincent KM4DQZ and Becky Wolfe KM4DRA for gaining their Technician licenses. An additional congratulations goes to Carla Stagg who also earned her General license at the same test session. Congratulations to Gaven Anderson KM4EFA for earning his Technician license at the September 9th Delta Club meeting.

Thanks to the WCARS VE team of Win Guin W2GLJ, Bill Stevens WC9S, Rick Tillman WA4NVM, Richard Martin K4DXF, Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Stacy Krause KJ4MDA, David Webb KV4QI and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO.

The following week after the FCC testing, there was the Repeater Basics class and operating mode presentations. The mode presenters were Pat Lane W4OQG on Winlink, SSB and MARS radio, Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ on APRS and Michael Knight KK4IOH on Echolink and D-Star. The Elmers were Bill Stevens WC9S, Rick Tillman WA4NVM, Richard Martin K4DXF, Tom Ernst N4LIA and Jack Moody KK4VPY.


Technician Class 4-14 First Session                                                          Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Rick Tillman WA4NVM assisted by Richard Martin K4DXF demonstrated an SO-50 FM satellite pass from
the parking lot on August 4th.                                                                  Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Pat Lane W4OQG in the antenna and feedline class explaining 1/4, 1/2 and 5/8 wave antenna patterns for
Tech Class 4-14.                                                                                Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Pat Lane W4OQG explaining a long wire setup.                                      Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ explaining APRS and equipment needed.           Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO 



Michael Knight KK4IOH explaining Echolink and D-Star with demonstrations      Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO
                                                                            

Tech Class 4-14a - July 19, 2014

Congratulations to Alan Chaniewski KC1CHW for earning his Technician license at the Hartford Connecticut ARRL Centennial Convention VE session on July 19th. Joe WA4OVO conducted a quick one-on-one training session primarily on the four formulas and the rules and regulations for Tech prior to the exam. Alan is a Fox CT cameraman who was covering the convention for Fox TV.

Tech Class 1-07 Revisited

Congratulations to Eric Wardlaw KM4BKF who passed his Technician at the May 13th Delta Club test session. He has received WB4SLK to follow his parents, Hugh WB4SLI and Linda WB4SLJ.

Tech Class 3-14 - March 10 thru April 21, 2014

Tech Class 3-14 was held on 6 Monday nights starting March 10th through April 21st from 6:15-9:30pm. The location was at EMHC Ambulance offices training room at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. Ten students were registered with seven continuing the classes.

Congratulations to Brad Chafin KK4ZZW, Keith Frazier KK4ZZX, Denise Nepa KK4ZZY, Nolen Smith KM4AAR, Tom Ungren KK4ZZZ and Richard Weiland KG5BHV who took their exam on April 7th in time to buy goodies at FreeFest on April 12th. Pat Lane W4OQG and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO were the instructors. Casey Nepa NO1NO, Tom Ernst N4LIA and Geoff Wilson KV4LE were the Elmers. Congratulations Chris Trim KM4AEN who earned his Technician license, and to Richard Weiland KG5BHV for upgrading to General at FreeFest on April 12th. Thanks to the WCARS VEs of Win Guin W2GLJ, Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Stacy Krause KJ4MDA, Rick Tillman WA4NVM, David Webb KV4QI and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO who administered the exams.

The April 21st class began with Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO presenting repeater basics on what is needed to program for a repeater. Then there were demonstrations of EchoLink and D-STAR by Michael Knight KK4IOH, WinLink by Pat Lane W4OQG, and APRS by Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ.


Tech Class 3-14 listening to the WinLink presentation.                           Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Pat Lane W4OQG demonstrating WinLink to Tech Class 3-14 with Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ observing.
Photo by Joe Lowenthal
WA4OVO

                                                                                         

2-14 Extra Class

An Extra Class was held on 6 Saturdays starting February 22nd through April 12th from 9am-1pm. The location was at EMHC Ambulance offices at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. Twelve  students started the class with five earning their upgrade. The instructors were Ed Arndt KV4LF, Dean Honadle N2LAZ, Pat Lane W4OQG and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO. The exam was given by WCARS VE Team at the 2014 FreeFest on April 12th.

Congratulations to Dorothy Cantrell KF5TAV for upgrading to Extra on March 19th at the Chickasaw Amateur Radio Association meeting. Congratulations to Jimmy Butler KV4XE (was KK4SZQ), Ray Phetteplace KJ4SBC, Dean Plessala KC5RDP, and Sue Plessala AF5PY (was KF5ZJI) for upgrading at FreeFest.


Extra Class 2-14 instructor Dean Honadle N2LAZ providing incite on RC circuits. From left to right in U: Dean
Plessala KC5RDP, Sue Plessala KF5ZJI, Tommy Ferrer Porrata K4VOZ, Jerry King KD4EYU (not shown),
Ray Phetteplace KJ4SBC, Dorothy Cantrell KF5TAV, Chuck Pigue KK4NEO, Janet Kelly KK4PRT,
James Jones KI4HTC, Jimmy Butler KK4SZQ, Art Barnett WA4PSS; Back Table: Michael Knight KK4IOH
and Elmer Dean Lasley NE7JN (not shown).


General Class 1-14 - January 4-February 15, 2014

A General Class was held on 6 Saturdays that started January 4th and ended February 15th from 9am-1pm.  The location was at EMHC Ambulance offices at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. The instructors were Ed Arndt KV4LF, Pat Lane W4OQG and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO. The Elmers were Dan Lasley NE7JN and Art Barnett WA4PSS. Sixteen students began the class with eight students upgrading at the class session and two later.


General Class 1-14 with Ed Arndt KV4LF instructing                                 Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO

Congratulations to Jimmy Butler KK4SZQ, Ed Itkin KC5RDP, Dean Plessala KF5ZJH, Sue Plessala KF5ZJI,
Thomas Showers KF5VEB, Doug Spoerre KK4VQB, Jan Spoerre KK4VPA and Steven Wiley WB5PAG for
upgrading to General.

Congratulations to Barri Munday WB4SWP for upgrading to General at the March 11th Delta Club session and to Bill Flanigan KK4VPS for upgrading to General at the April 8th Delta Club session.

Thanks to the Delta Club VE Team of Bill Stevens WC9S, Ed Arndt KV4LF, Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Ken Laseter
KI4AOH, Ray Turner AE0AE, David Webb KV4QI and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO for providing the test session.

If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2013 just click this link.


Please check back often for immediate updates on class dates and locations.

This page last modified on 10/29/14

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