Second One-Day Tech Class a Success

We held our second One-Day Tech Class yesterday, and I think I can claim success. Twelve folks signed up for the class, and eleven of them passed. This included current member Lisa Manthey and Candy Justyna, XYL of Ig, N0EFT.

Quite a few of the folks that passed learned about it via our local SkyWarn training. One of our club members took flyers with him when he went for the training, and about 20 folks expressed an interest there. About ten of them actually attended the class. I think it’s great that we were finally able to make that connection.

This time, I stressed pre-study, and I think it really paid off. The students seemed more prepared than they were last summer. Some students were so prepared that they decided to bolt after our first break and return at 3pm for the test. All three who did bolt, did indeed return and passed the test.

Onward and Upward
What I’m thinking about doing is to hold these at regularly-scheduled intervals, say ever two or three months. There were several SkyWarn people that expressed interest in the class, but could not make it yesterday. I also think that with more publicity, a regularly-scheduled class would make it easier for others to work this in to their schedules.

I’m also thinking a modest charge might be in order, say $10. Of course, all proceeds–except for perhaps a small amount used to purchase pizza for lunch–would be donated to our club. If 12 people attended each session, five sessions would net us about $500.


  1. I have been responsible for “commercial radio” systems at the hospitals where I have worked for the last 15 years. I recently moved to Alaska and was immediately tagged to get my HAM license by some of the local HAMs. First, I would like to thank you Dan for your study guide. After 15 years of commercial experience and exposure to the radio theory, your study guides have been great. Our local club is offering the test next weekend and I am going to go ahead and take both the technician and general exam.

    I have created a guide for the frequencies that I would like to share with you if you are interested. You may find it useful to include in your General exam guide. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find your email address on this blog site to send it to you. If you are interested, please email me at and I will send it to you.

    Again, than you for the study guides you have made available to us all.


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