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2024  Class Offerings


Our  schedule for FREE 2024 classes is available under the 'CALENDAR of Events' menu option.
Check our current offerings :


General Class Electrical Principles (G5) Advance toward your General class license with this new proposed Electrical Principles class just for Technicians. Material to be covered includes the Sub-Element G5 questions on the FCC test.  One question from each of the following areas will appear on the test:
  • Resistors, capacitors, and inductors in series and parallel; and transformer basics.

  • The decibel; current and voltage dividers; electrical power calculations; sine wave root-mean-square (RMS) values; PEP calculations.

  • Reactance, inductance, capacitance, impedance, impedance transformation, resonance.

Some math is involved, but it is straight forward. Calculator would be helpful. Length: 2 hours


Parks on the Air (POTA) Learn about Portable Amateur radio that promotes emergency awareness and communications from national and state parks. This course teaches you how to hunt parks from the comfort of your shack, and how to activate a park and rack up many contacts from experienced activator, Frank K7SD. Learn the basics of building a 'GO Box' for portable operations. (limit 10 students per class)


General Class Circuit Components (G6) This class covers Sub-element G6 (24 pool questions). Two of the questions will appear on the 35-question General Test. Topics include resistors, capacitors, and inductors; rectifiers; solid-state diodes and transistors; vacuum tubes; batteries; analog and digital integrated circuits (IC's); Microwave ICs (MMICs); display devices; RF connectors; ferrite cores. Limit 10 students. Some math required.
Basic FT-8 Learn the basics of the new FT-8 mode including hardware and software installation (limit 10 students per class)

Advanced FT8 Digital Mode: DX and Contesting Learn the finer points of chasing and working DX stations and DXpeditions using the FT-8 mode. A follow on class to our 'Basic FT-8' class for more experienced users. (limit 10 students per class)

Introduction to Morse Code This class  will teach morse characters in an active exercise using a code key sending an audio signal. (limit 10 students per class)

Discovering your Technician Privileges Now that you have you Technician license do you know what you can do with it?  You can still talk all over the country, or even all over the world with the right gear and tools.  In this class, we will help you get the most out of your technician license.  This class is perfect for new Hams or even hams who have had their technician license for years but haven’t ventured out beyond the local repeater. (limit 10 students per class)
Test Bench at WVHS Learn to use the various test instruments in the WVHS repair facility to troubleshoot your own electronics! Learn to recognize components, use signal generators, Calibrated dummy loads, power supplies and more! ( limit 8 students per class)

Soldering Learn by "hands on" use of soldering iron with point-to-point and circuit board soldering practice, a basic class for beginners. Loaner soldering irons are supplied to use during the class.(Limit 6 students per class)

Kit Building Introduction to kit building.  Assemble and solder a working electronic kit. Learn to identify components and observe polarity. Recommend you first attend our Soldering class. This class has a materials cost of $15. Loaner soldering irons supplied to use during class. (limit 5 students per class)
Advanced Kit Building Use the skills you have already acquired in Kit
Building to build a working AM or FM radio. Test and trouble shoot. A material cost is requires depending on the kit you choose.
 (approx $20 - $50) Loaner soldering irons are supplied for use during class. (Limit 5 students per class)
Practical Antennas A course focusing on small lot solutions for antennas for HOA or XYL restricted  situations. For HF, VHF/UHF, and Satellite antennas. Commercial and DIY solutions discussed (Limit 10 students per class)
Introduction to DMR Do you have a new DMR radio, and you want to take advantage of all that extra capability?  This class will help you get started on DMR Brandmeister.  Although, we will not cover specific radios, we can help you make sense of the radio you have.  Or maybe you just want to see what DMR is all about and you haven’t purchased a DMR radio yet! 

Anderson Power Poles Learn what Anderson Power Poles are and why you want
to use them. You will also learn about the tools needed and how to install them. The Shack has
a complete set of tools and an assortment of the zip cord and other wire. Learn by "hands on"
to install Anderson Power Poles. (Limit 10 students per class)

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