A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Sept  7, and will run through Thursday, October  19  (7 sessions).    

The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. 

These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum. 

Please publicize this with anyone you know that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email me at roland.anders@comcast.net.


Thanks and 73,

Rol Anders, K3RA


Editor’s Note:  Rol Anders will respond to your eMail request with information about the class including Zoom log-in information.

The training class itself is free.  You may find it helpful to obtain a study guide, sometimes known as a “License Manual”.  Mr. Anders will spell out any such requirements in his eMail response.

Editor’s Note:  The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual will guide you as you get started in the hobby–as you select your equipment, set-up your first station, and make your first contact. Use this book to study for the 35-question Technician Class license exam. Includes the entire question pool with answer key, for use July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026.



Preparation and Test for FCC Amateur Radio Technician License

Saturday  June 3, 2023 (0800-1600) – Sunday June 4, 2023 (0800-1200)

Followed by an FCC License Testing Session June 4 (12:30-3)

Inclement Weather Reschedule – TBA

No Charge for the class or testing

There is a 35$ FCC license charge payable after exam passing result has been info submitted to FCC.


Come with an open mind, pen and paper. We discourage the use of iPhones, etc. in the class except for emergencies.  Please put on vibrate if your work requires.

A simple calculator can be useful. Contact me for pre-class study.  Class will be cancelled on May 22 if insufficient registration.  Note: See attachment for registration.

Class is at Emergency Health Services Federation

722 Limekiln Rd New Cumberland, PA 17070


Exit from I-83 on Limekiln Rd, Just north of PA Turnpike Harrisburg West. Entrance is in the blue oval.

For class info please contact Ralph Brandt   717-885-3063 Ralph.brandt@comcast.net

Facility info Thomas Alsted


  1. O) 717-316-0723
  2. C) 717-418-3858

Ham Radio is Amateur Radio, FCC Part 97.  It is a licensed service.  The class is targeted to prepare the student to pass the Technician Class License test which is restricted to frequencies above 28 Mhz. There are many hand-held and mobile transceivers available for use in these bands for as low as $35 for Handheld and $100 for Mobiles.  There are many repeaters in the area that extend the range of these radios.  A ham license is a good tool for a family in times of disaster when land lines and cell phones often are not useable

** Preparation and Test for FCC Amateur Radio Technician License **

This information reached your Editor at the last minute.  ACT NOW if you are interested in this training class.


Saturday April 29, 2023 (0800-1600) – Sunday April 30, 2023 (0800-1200)

The training class is followed by an FCC License Testing session Sunday April 30 (12:30-3)

Inclement Weather Reschedule – TBA

No Charge for the class.  Note:  The Federal Communications Commission does charge a $35 fee for issuing a license.

Come with an open mind, pen and paper. We discourage the use of iPhones, etc. in the class except for emergencies.  Please put on vibrate.

A simple calculator can be useful. Contact me for pre-class study.  Class will be cancelled on April 26 if insufficient registration.  Note: Class and test session registrations are separate.  Do both.

Class is held at the York Township Building, 190 Oak Road, Dallastown PA 17313

Lower level, back of the building


Contact: Ralph Brandt K3HQI 717-885-3063 or ralph.brandt@comcast.net  Registration for the class https://dallastownpa.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=28755

Registration for testing session and obtain an FRN.


Note.  The FCC is charging a $35 fee for a license.  This will be billed by E-mail after passing the test.




** Find an Amateur Radio License Class ** 

South Mountain Radio Amateurs is pleased to be offering an Amateur Radio Course.

This class consists of 5 ongoing classes, based on the ARRL’s “Ham Radio License Manual” for the Technician License class.

An examination session at the conclusion of the course will also be offered; all at no charge.

What is included with the session? •
Text: “Ham Radio License Manual” by ARRL—FIFTH EDITION •
Five, 2-hour Power Point presentations, (with down loadable notes) •
No-charge FCC exam for the technician license class,

To obtain a license, you must successfully complete a Licensing Examination session and pay a $35 licensing fee to the FCC.

Each student who passes the exam will receive: • BaoFeng UV-5R HT Radio and will be taught how to manually program it with local repeaters, simplex and emergency frequencies.

Sessions will be held at Cumberland County Department of Public Safety Saturdays – May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, June 3rd.
The test will be conducted on June 10th. 
Session on “how-to” manually program the UV-5R will take place on June 17th.


Begins 05/06/2023

Start/End Dates: 05/06/2023 – 06/03/2023
Times: 9-11AM
# of Sessions: 5
Class level: Technician
Morse code offered: No
Pre register required: Yes
Fee: no fee for class or test but, there is a $35 licensing fee payable to the FCC
Pre Study required: No
Class Type: Traditional
Exam offered: Yes
Sponsoring Club/Organization: South Mountain Radio Amateurs
Instructor: NC3O

Contact: Robin Cartwright W3KAT
Phone: (717) 422-1349
Email: techsession@n3twt.org

Location: Cumberland County Department of Public Safety
1 Public Safety Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013


A Special Announcement from Rol Anders, K3RA

Free weekly 3-hour training sessions providing info on a wide range of Amateur Radio Operating Activities will start at 6:30 PM Eastern time.on Thursday March 30 and run through Thursday June 15   

Each session is independent, so you can attend all or just selected evenings.  The presenters will be folks very experienced in the various subjects.

A detailed syllabus will be published before the classes begin.  Attend them all, or any that you like, but you must register for the classes.  

CARC Editor’s Note:  A list of planned topics appears nearby.  To obtain a listing of the topics with their presentation dates and the name/call sign of the presenter please register.

To receive registration information, contact Rol Anders, K3RA, at roland.anders@comcast.net.


Amateur Radio Operating subjects will include:

  • All About Operating–A general Introduction
  • Amateur Radio Organizations—Local to International
  • Ham Radio Awards
  • DXing-History and Tips from the Experts
  • QSLing-How to get that needed card for DXCC or WAS
  • VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work and “Roving”
  • Image Operating—Slow Scan and Fast Scan TV
  • Remote Station control over internet
  • Learning CW in the no-code era
  • Digital Modes—From RTTY to FT8 and beyond
  • Contesting—How to get started, tips for the beginner and intermediated contester
  • Logging Software—What’s available, how to use
  • Propagation—A general intro to HF Propagation
  • Amateur Satellites—How to get started
  • Portable (backpacking) operation—Tips from an expert
  • Setting Up a Modern (or not so modern) HF Station
  • Lightning Protection and Grounding
  • Traffic Handling
  • Public Service, Emergency Communications