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Ham license class begins February 1st

I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana via the Darby Adult Education program in its Spring 2020 schedule. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 40 or 50 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby library.

The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. Run with your talents.

Every person who has come to all of the class sessions and studied two or more hours between sessions passed the FCC Technician License Exam at the end. You can too. While some had electrical, electronic, mechanical or science backgrounds, most did not.

If you want to print out a copy of the above flier, here is a .pdf of it:



Textbooks are available from instructor for $30 paperback or $33 for spiral bound (save $10.45 shipping). Contact Ted to reserve your copy and have it on the first day of class.

The class schedule:

Welcome to Amateur Radio
FCC, licensing, getting your license
February 1st, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Radio and Signals Fundamentals
February 8th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Electricity, Components and Circuits
February 15th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Propagation, Antennas and Feed Lines
February 22nd, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Amateur Radio Equipment
February 29th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Communicating With Other Hams
March 7th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Licensing Regulations
March 14th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

Operating Regulations
March 21st, 1030-1230, Darby Library

March 28th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

FCC License Test Session – Technician, General, Amateur Extra
April 4th, 1030-1130, Darby Library

programming, using your ham radio
April 11th, 1030-1230, Darby Library

practice using your ham radio
April 18th, 1030-1230, Darby Library