Benicia Amateur Radio Club

One-Day Ham Radio Class – February 3rd, 2018

The last One-Day Ham Radio licensing class had 89 people take the class and 85 of them passed. The class produced an impressive 95.5% pass rate.

The next class will be conducted on February 3rd, 2018.

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We will be offering a One-Day Technician Class Ham Radio study session (Ham Cram) on Feb. 3rd, 2018 to allow more people in the greater Bay Area and the Sacramento Valley to quickly earn their Ham licenses. We encourage CERT members to expand their value to their teams by becoming licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

We also offer a simultaneous One-Day General Class upgrade study course for those who currently possess a Technician License.

Our facilitators have studied the very successful methods used by thousands at Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society (BAEARS) sessions and we are proud that we are able to provide a similar experience.

The method was developed by John Portune, W6NBC, in 1995 to improve the percentage of people passing the exam. See John’s website for information on the design and results from this learning system. This method has helped approximately 6000 people obtain their radio licenses.

This is NOT a class in the normal sense. It is a guided study of six 45-minute reading periods, with breaks and time to grab a lunch nearby. This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span against study fatigue. In other words, we tell you how to study, keep you doing it in an organized way and then give the test as soon as you are finished. It is a proven “winning formula.” Short term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate. All exam questions will be what you study during the session. This is the biggest reason why 90% are easily able to recognize the correct answers immediately after reading the question pool thoroughly, leading to a high pass ratio.

Those who are under the age of 16 and those with learning disabilities will not do as well with this method. (We have learned that conventional study methods work best for these students.Our One-Day Study Session has an amazing pass rate of 90% or more by adults between the ages of 18 and almost 80. Because this system allows the individual to study at their own pace, it requires the individual be self motivated. No pre-study or preparation required.

The study session, conducted in Benicia, begins at 7:30 AM, provides an hour and fifteen minute break for lunch and ends at 3:45 PM. The day concludes with an exam session at 4:00 P.M and typically takes less than 30 minutes. Grading is done on site by teams of accredited examiners and all participants will have their results before they leave.

The cost is $30, which includes all study material and the FCC exam fee. We also provide free coffee and other refreshments throughout the day to make things easier. Lunch is NOT included but there are 7 restaurants across the street and a list will be provided.

*EXAM ONLY: Although we do not offer study sessions for the Extra Class license level, we do offer all exam levels at 1:00 PM without training sessions, for those who prefer self-study for $14.00 (test only). Please register in advance if you wish to take the 1:00 PM Test Only by making the appropriate selection from the drop-down menu on the Signup page.

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If you have any questions, you may email the class registrar at