Amateur Radio Group of Oregon

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Registration

 

To register for a class, send an email to classes@argo.radio. We will send you a form to complete.

From the FCC website, “New applicants, without an FRN, are required to first create an FCC User ID and FRN, before taking their examination. ”

Use this link to get your individual, not business, FRN, https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do

If you already have a license and are taking a class to upgrade your license, then you already have an FRN. If you already have an FRN, you are good to go.

At this time we are not set up to take PayPal or credit cards for the class fee. Just send a check for the $50 fee made out to “Amateur Radio Group of Oregon” to: Amateur Radio Group of Oregon 1002A N Springbrook Road Box #310 Newberg, Oregon 97132

Be sure to include your contact information, and which class you wish to attend.

The registration deadline is Saturday, four weeks before the beginning of the class. We will need to have your completed form and the class fee by that date.

This is to give you time to get the book, if you don't already have it, and complete the essay questions in the pre-class homework before the start of class.

 

Class Book

 

For the homework and the class we use the latest version of the ARRL license manual.

 

The current books are:

 

Technician - “Ham Radio License Manual, Fifth Edition"

For use July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026

 

General - “General Class License Manual, Ninth Edition”

For use July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023

 

We recommend the spiral-bound editions. The books are available from Ham Radio Outlet, Amazon, and other booksellers.


Pre-class Homework

 

The pre-class homework will be sent to you no later than the Monday following the registration deadline.

The homework will be in PDF format. You can fill out the answer blocks on your computer or other device. You could also print them out and write in the answers. However, there are over fifty pages.

The homework is for your education, you will not be required to return the completed homework sheets.

The questions in the homework are NOT the FCC test questions. They are designed to familiarize you with the class material. Some of them use some of the same phrasing as found in the test. This is to help you with the language of ham radio.

You will need the correct book, as listed above, to complete the homework. The same book will be used during the class.

Completing the homework before the class starts is the key to success in getting your license. If, for some reason, you are not able to substantially complete the homework before the class, we can reschedule you for a later class session.

Licensing Classes

For 2023, we will not be having in-person licensing classes.

All our licensing classes are interactive, live, online classes using Zoom. We will follow the timing schedule listed below. All of the instructors, slides and presentations will be the same as our previous in-person classes. You will be able to ask questions.

You will be required to have a Zoom account to join the class. We will be available in the days ahead of the class to help you test your Zoom connection.

We suggest you use a tablet, lap top, or desk computer for these classes. We do not recommend using a cell phone. It would be very difficult to follow the slides on a small screen.

Technician and General level classes are a single weekend each.

Saturday

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fifteen minute breaks after each 90 minute class session

Forty-five minute lunch break at 12:15

Sunday

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fifteen minute breaks after each 90 minute class session

Forty-five minute lunch break at 12:15

There will be a question and answer session after class each day


Testing Information

 

The testing itself is not part of the class. However, we do sponsor a testing team. Our testing team, “Team ARGO” is listed under the Laurel VEC organization. For this testing there are no fees charged.

With us you have always had your new or upgraded license the next business day after the test. However, the FCC has initiated a new fee structure. After you pass your Technician test, and we have it processed, the FCC will send you an email about how to pay the $35 fee. You must pay the fee within 10 days to get your license. We do not, and can not, handle this fee for you. As in the past, we still do NOT charge a testing fee.

The test for the Technician and General each have 35 multiple-choice questions. A passing score is 74% which is 26 correct answers. These are closed book, no cell phone, tests. You can bring a calculator if you wish, but again, no cell phones.

We do not do any on-line license testing. Testing takes significantly less time than the classes so we have been, and will be, doing live testing. We have the space to maintain distancing and face masks are voluntary in the building. We also limit the number of test takers.

Because the classes are on-line, having the testing immediately after the class is not practical. Therefor the live testing will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, six days after the completion of the on-line class. This testing will be at one of the locations mentioned above.

If you will not be able to attend the normal testing session let us know, we will help you find an alternative test session.

 

Testing Locations

Some of our testing is at the Newberg Public Safety Building, 401 E 3 rd Street, Newberg, Oregon 97132. At other times we may test in a different location, either in Newberg or McMinnville. When you register you will be sent a map of the location showing the correct location.

Our testing team, “Team ARGO” is listed under the Laurel VEC organization. For this testing there are no fees charged. Often you will have your new or upgraded license the next business day after the test. 

 

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