Hillsborough County EOC
2711 East Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610
(Building in the back)


September 26th, 2015
October 3rd, 2015


9AM - 5PM
Both Days
Testing will follow 2nd class


Seating will be limited for this free class


Hillsborough County ARES/RACES is proud to sponsor the introductory Amateur Radio "Technician Class" License Course in a traditional classroom setting. Please invite your friends to come join the several hundred people who have taken these courses and earned or upgraded an Amateur Radio license during the last few years.


  • Test Prep Class
                 Spend two days with our experienced volunteer trainers
  • Class Materials = $ 20 Deposit
                 Fully refundable upon returning materials at the end of class
  • Cost of Test = $ 14.00
  • Optional Book = $ 19.95
                 Recommended, it is a wonderful resource and one you'll be sure to use again and again (limited quantities)

Your class costs will either be $34.00 (includes the $20 deposit) or $53.95, depending on you book choice. Payable on the first day of class.

Please bring a government-issued picture ID card with you to class.

Please also bring your FCC Issued FRN number to the first class meeting ( get it here ).


Discovering Amateur Radio

Learn About Amateur Radio

An introduction to Amateur Radio and the many possibilities it offers for learning, safety and security, and helping others throughout our world. Join us for this journey that takes us through a brief history of communications technology and then into the many exciting opportunities that the world of ham radio has to offer today.

What is Ham Radio

A brief introduction to Amature Radio - An interview that appeared on TV


Common Questions and Answers.

  • Why Should I Get Licensed?

    Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government.
  • What do I bring ?

    You need to bring
    - Government Issued Photo ID
    - FCC Issued FRN number ( get it here )
    - Calculator
    - A couple pencils and a pens for taking notes
    - Lunch, Morning Snack & Afternoon Snack and a Drink or two
  • Can I Study Before The Class ?

    SURE !
    The FCC gives us the entire question pool
    If you are good at learning from flashcards get a copy of the question pool from here.
    There are tons of free resources on the internet including these wonderful videos.
  • How much will a radio cost me ?

    There has never been a better time to be a HAM. New handheld radios range from $40 to over $500. Used radios are also very plentiful through your local club, hamfests, and ebay. There are always plenty of experienced HAMS willing to take you under their wing and guide you along the way. Don't let equipment costs deter you there are many ways to dive in to amature radio on a tight budget.

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