Delta Amateur Radio Club
2016 Training Class Information


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This page last modified on 07/11/16

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 2016 from Delta Classes

    7 Technician
    5 General
    5 Extra


If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2015 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.

2016 Scheduled Classes

Tech Class 4-16  -  July 7 thru August 18, 2016

Tech Class 4-16 will be held on six Thursday nights from July 7th to August 18th, except July 21st, from 6:15-9:30 pm at the Germantown Police Department training room, 1930 Germantown Rd at Farmington. Pre-registration is required. For registration, send an email to Joe Lowenthal at wa4ovo@gmail.com with Tech Class 4-16 in the subject line and your name, email address and cell phone number in the text area. The manual will be the Ham Radio License Manual - Third Edition.

There are 21 students registerd for the class.  The instructors are Joe Lownthal WA4OVO, Bob Vawter KW4RJ, Len Grice KM4MRY and Pat Lane W4OQG. THe equipment demonstrators will be Joe WA4OVO for FM repeater operations, Pat W4OQG for HF/Winlink, Michael Knight KI4IOH for digital Echolink, D-STAR, Fusion and Allstar, Rick Tillman WA4NVM on satellite and Rick Pellicciotti KJ4NWQ on APRS.


Planned 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, 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 11th Edition, ARRL product #0451, ISBN 978-1-62595-045-1.


2016 Completed Classes

Tech Class 3 -- February 22 thru April 4,2016

Tech Class 3-16 was held on six Monday nights from February 22nd to April 4th from 6:15-9:30pm at the EMHC ambulance company training room on Appling Farms Parkway. Fifteen students began with only seven completing the course. Several of those who completed the class went above and beyond. Congratulations to James Barnes KM4STF, Linda Griffin KM4STI, Cullen Powell KM4STJ and Joshua Tribble KM4STH for earning Technician licenses.  Double congratulations to Randy Collins KM4STE and Jerry Lane KM4STG for earning their Technician and General licenses. A triple congratulations to Justin Wright KM4STG for earning his Technician, General and Extra Class licenses.  Justin credited HamTestOnline for being able to get all three in one test session.

    
Tech Class 3-16 top photo left to right: INstructors Joe WA4OVO, Rick WA4NVM, Bob KW4RJ, husband Wyman KK4CBH, students Linda KM4STI, Josua KM4STH, Cullen KM4STJ, Randy KM4STE, Jerry KM4STG and James KM4STF - Justin KW4SX pictured below.
  

    
Rick WA4NVM on SO-50                                                                                                                              Joe WA4OVO congratulating Justin KW4SX

Above 4 pictures by Len Grice KM4MRY

The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Pat Lane W4OQG and Bob Vawter KM4RJ. The class Elmer was Len Grice KM4MRY.  THe WCARS VE team of Gary Weatherford N4EMA, Ham Hilliard W4GMM, Rosalinda Melena WN2V, Steve Smith W5VAA, Linda Laseter KJ4CTX and Ken Laseter KI4AOH, provided the FCC testing opportunity on the fifth night of class.  On the sixth night of class the equipment demonstrators were Michael Knight KK4IOH, on digital modes of Allstar, Echolink, D-Star, Fusion and DMR; Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, on APRS and Pat Lane W4OQG on HF, Winlink and MARS. Rick Tillman WA4NVM provided a satellie demonstration on March 7th.


General Class 2-16 -- February 27 thru April 9,2016

General Class 2-16 was held on five Saturdays from February 27th to April 9th from 9am-1pm at  EMHC ambulance company training room on Appling Farms Parkway. Seven students were signed up, but only three showed up for class.  The WCARS FCC exam was given at FreeFest.  Congratulations to Scott Adams KM4PMU and Clay Hancock KD4VXN for earning their General licenses. Jim will get his soon. The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Pat Lane W4OQG and Jack Moody KW4RH. The Elmer was Mike Sparks KW4RI.

    
General Class 2-16 left to right: Scott Adams KM4PMU, Clay Hancock KD4VXN and Jim Barnes N4YOK.         Extra Class 1-16 taking their exam

Photos by Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO


Extra Class 1-16 -- January 9 thru February 20,2016

Extra Class 1-16 was held on six Saturdays from January 9th through February 20th from 9am-1pm at EMHC ambulance company training room on Appling Farms Parkway. Six students started the class.  Congratulations to Jack Moody KW4RH (formerly KK4VPY), Mike Sparks KW4RI (formerly KK4VPZ), Bob Vawter KW4RJ (formerly KM4OWT) and Richard Smith KJ4UZL for earning their Extra Class license.

The instructors were Joe Lowenthal WA4OVO, Dean Honadle N2LAZ, Ed Arndt KV4LF, Paul Roberts KA9VAU and Pat Lane W4OQG. The WCARS VE team of Gary Weatherford W5EMA, Tom Dichiara AC5MR, Jeff Krause AJ4GY, Scott Vanzandt N2WMD, David Webb KV4QI and Ray Turner AE0AE provided the FCC testing.


Licenses Earned in 2015 from Delta Classes
  32 Technician
  11 General
    7 Extra


If you would like to see detailed information and results of our training classes taught in 2015 just click this link.


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

This page last modified on 07/11/16

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