Delta Amateur Radio Club
2015 Training Class Information


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This page last modified on 12/01/15

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.

Note: As of September 3, 2015 there is no charge by the FCC for Vanity Callsign processing.

Licenses Earned in 2015 from Delta Classes

  21 Technician
    8 General
    7 Extra


If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2014 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.

2015/2016 Scheduled Classes

General Class 2-16 - February 27 - April 9, 2016
This class is scheduled to start February 27th for six Saturdays except March 12th from 9am to 1 pm at EMHC ambulance company training room, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. The FCC exam will be offered in the morning of April 9th at FreeFest in Bartlett. If you are interested, send an email to Joe Lowenthal at wa4ovo@gmail.com with General Class in the subject line and your name, callsign, email address and cell phone number in the text.


Planned Classes

Extra Class 1-16 - January 9 - February 20, 2016
This class is planned for six Saturdays from 9am to 1pm at EMHC ambulance company training room, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway if six students commit to the class by December 15th. If you are interested, send an email to Joe Lowenthal at wa4ovo@gmail.com with Extra Class in the subject line and your name, callsign, email address and cell phone number in the text. There will not be a class on January 30th due to the Jackson MS hamfest.


2015 Current Classes

Tech Class 5-15 - November 9 - December 14, 2015
Tech Class 5-15 is being held on six Monday nights from November 9th through December 14th from 6:15-9:30pm at EMHC ambulance company training room, 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. There are eleven students in the class with two additional hams auditing. The instructors are Pat Lane W4OQG and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO. The Elmers are Tom Ernest N4LIA and Len Grice KM4MRY. WCARS FCC testing will be offered on the 5th night of class. Equipment demonstrations will be held on the sixth night. The presenters are Michael Knight KK4IOH on Echolink, D-STAR, Fusion and Allstar; Rick Pellicciotti on APRS; Pat Lane W4OQG on HF long-wire antenna, WinLink and MARS; and Rick Tillman WA4NVM demonstrating FM Satellite on an SO-50 or AO-85 satellite pass.



Tech Class 5-15 First Night                                                                           Photo by Len Grice KM4MRY



Antenna and Feedline portion of Tech Class 5-15 show and tell on different coaxes. Left to right: Chris Cooper, David Seaman, instructor Pat Lane W4OQG (to the rear) and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO (to the front).
                                                                                                                   Photo by Len Grice KM4MRY

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, callsign, email address and a contact phone number, preferably a cell number or call Joe at 901-628-4318. You will be notified by email or phone when the next class dates are set. The current question pool became effective July 1, 2015 and is valid through June 30, 2019. The text is The ARRL General Class License Manual, Eighth Edition, ARRL product #0307, ISBN 978-62595-0307. There is also a spiral-bound version, ARRL product #1904, ISBN 978-62595-031-4.


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.


2015 Completed Classes

Tech Class 4-15  July 9 - August 13, 2015
Tech Class 4-15 was held on six Thursday nights at the EMHC ambulance company training room with 15 enthusiastic students. Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO and Pat Lane W4OQG were the instructors. Pat provided insight on antennas and feedlines. Using a spectrum analyzer, the class observed the variation of signal strength of different antennas on the same handheld radio. A question pool review and the FCC exam was offered on the fifth night of the class, August 6th.

Congratulations to Jim Winter KM4MRR, Bryan Wiles KM4MRS, Curt Warhurst KM4MRT, Betty Talley KM4MRU, Hunter Short KM4MRV, Mike Harrison KM4MRW, Tom Griffiths KM4MRX, Len Grice KM4MRY, Debra Bell-Pullen KM4MRZ and Joe Thomas KG5IXG on earning their technician licenses. Congratulations to Anthony Howald KM4MSA, Ron Wiggins KM4SCB and Mary Amanda Nash KM4MSC on passing both Technician and General. And finally, but surely not least, a triple round of applause goes to Eric Pullen KW4ME for passing his Technician, General and Extra Class licenses in one sitting.


Tech Class 4-15 during question pool review before the exam-From left to right: Hunter Short KM4MRV, Len Grice KM4MRY, Ron Wiggins KM4MSB, Jim Winter KM4MRR, Anthony Howald KM4MSA, Joe Thomas KG5IXG, Curt Warhurst KM4MRT, Betty Talley KM4MRU, Mary Amanda Nash KM4MSC, Bryan Wiles KM4MRS, Tom Griffiths GM4MRX, Eric Pullen KW4ME, Debra Bell-Pullen KM4MRZ, Anya Wilson (no call), Mike Harrison KM4MRW.                              Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO

Elmers were Tom Ernst N4LIA and Danny Banks KJ4FXZ.

Thanks to the Delta Club VE team of Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Stacy Krause KJ4MDA, David Webb KV4QI, Ray Turner AE0AE, Scott Vanzandt N2WMD, Henry Leggett WD4Q and Joe Lowenthal for giving of their time to work the test session.


Delta Club VE Team for Tech Class 4-15                                         Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Equipment demonstrations were held on the sixth night. The presenters were Michael Knight KK4IOH on Echolink, D-STAR, Fusion and Allstar; Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ on APRS and Pat Lane W4OQG on HF long-wire antenna, WinLink and MARS.  Rick Tillman WA4NVM demonstrated Satellite operations on an SO-50 pass on July 23rd.

Thanks to EMHC ambulance company for providing their training room for the many ham radio classes given there.


Michael Knight KK4IOH demonstrating Echolink                               Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Pat Lane W4OQG showing off his HF long wire setup with Curt Warhurst inspecting  
Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Rick Pellicciotii KJ4NWQ showing off APRS on his Yaesu                Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Rick Tillman WA4NVM made several satellite contacts on SO-50 on July 23rd for Tech Class 4-15
Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO



Tech Class 3-15 - March 23 - April 27, 2015

Tech Class 3-15 was started on March 23rd with 12 students at EMHC ambulance company training room,
6972 Appling Farms Parkway. Congratulations to Joe Sanders KM4JXS for earning his Technician and General licenses early at the Delta Club April 14th test session. Congratulations to Mick Douglass KM4KBX, Jim Murry KM4KBY, Chuck Turner KM4KBZ, Andy Stevens KM4KCA and John Panzer KM4KCB for earning their Technician Class license. The Delta Club VE team of Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Stacy Krause KJ4MDA, Scott Vanzandt N2WMD, David Webb KV4QI and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO provided the test opportunity on April 20th.  The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO and Pat Lane W4OQG. Elmers were Tom Ernst N4LIA, Keff Krause AJ4GY and Ray Tant KI4VDJ. Thanks to Michael Knight KK4IOH, Pat Lane W4OQG and Rick Tillman WA4NVM for instruction during the sixth class on different modes the new Technicians can use in their new hobby.


Tech Class 3-15                                                                               Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


General Class 2-15 - February 28 - April 11, 2015
General Class 2-15 began February 28th through April 11th except on March 14th on five Saturdays from 9am-1pm at EMHC ambulance company's training room on Appling Farms Parkway. Five students were in the class. Congratulations to Mike Sparks KK4VPZ who upgraded early at the Memphis Digital Club WCARS test session on March 14th. Congratulations to Steve Frazier KK4VPT, Bob Shaner KM4JRO and Janice Shaner KM4HZY for upgrading to General. Bob Shaner started from nothing and earned Technician right before he sat down for the General exam. The WCARS FCC testing, which was the sixth class, was offered the morning of April 11th at FreeFest at Bartlett Station Municipal Center. The instructors were Ed Arndt KV4LF, Pat Lane W4OQG and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO. An Elmer was David Webb KV4QI.


Extra Class 1-15 - January 10 thru February 21, 2015

Extra Class 1-15 was held on 6 Saturdays from January 10th through February 21st from 9am - 1pm at EMHC ambulance company's training room. Eight students began the class with one observer and there were seven that completed the class. John Jennings KW4AR audited a portion of the class. Congratulations to Steven Johnson KK4VZT, Paul Roberts KA9VAU, Walter Rook KJ4UCE, Jim Sheats KK4VGL, Tom Showers KE5VEB and Tom Ungren KK4ZZZ for upgrading to Extra on the 21st. Due to icy road conditions Bill Flanigan KK4VPS was not able to make it back to Memphis for the test. The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, David Webb KV4QI, Dean Honadle N2LAZ and Pat Lane W4OQG.


Dean Honadle N2LAZ giving calculator instruction to Extra Class 1-15       Photo by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO

The Delta Club VE team of Jeff Krause AJ4GY, David Webb KV4QI, Ray Turner AE0AE and Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO provided the VEs for the exam session held on February 21st.


If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2014 just click this link.


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

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