Ham Cram and License Exam Session – TCF 2022

at the Trenton Computer Festival 2022
on Saturday March 19, 2022
Ham Cram 9:00 AM
License Exam 3:30 PM
Sponsored by the David Sarnoff Radio Club

Ham Cram
9 AM (Eastern Time)

To receive an amateur radio license, you must show technical proficiency on topics including electronics and operating a station. This Saturday morning Zoom session can help you prepare for the License Testing session on Saturday afternoon

Preparation prior to participation in the course and the exam is strongly encouraged. The slide presentation in the class that follows the truly wonderful and free study guide can be found at http://www.kb6nu.com/tech-manual/.  Students are strongly urged to make use of it.

If you wanted to get an amateur radio license but never had the time, now is your opportunity! To obtain the entry-level Technician license, all one has to do is pass a multiple-choice exam. The course will step through the information needed to pass the FCC Technician License exam.

Online practice exams are also of great benefit, http://qrz.com/hamtest/ (free registration required.)  For further study a comprehensive set of slides that have been used in past classes, along with the complete Technician Class Question Pool material can be found at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8Kvsw95jCqIU29oMTJVOFYxU3M?usp=sharing

The topic agenda for the Technician Class Ham Cram will be:

  • What is Amateur Radio,
  • Electrical Principles,
  • Math for Electronics,
  • Basic Electronics and Components,
  • Schematics,
  • Radio Wave Properties,
  • Propagation,
  • Antennas & Feedlines,
  • Amateur Radio, Signal/Modulation Types,
  • Safety Concepts,
  • RF Exposure,
  • Station Setup & Operation,
  • Operating Controls,
  • Station Equipment,
  • Common Troubleshooting,
  • Using a Multimeter or DMM,
  • Operating Procedures,
  • Public Service,
  • Amateur Satellites,
  • Fun Activities & Internet, and Rules,
  • Regulations & Definitions.
  • This is why we call it a “Cram”

The Zoom class will begin at 9:00 am, lunch at 12:30 pm, and end about 2:00 pm. Time permitting, we will run through a few practice exams prior to the actual virtual testing session, which will begin at 3:30 pm.

License Exam Session
3:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Take the Federal Communications Commission examination for an amateur radio license, administered using Zoom. You do not have to attend the Ham Cram to participate in the exam session.

Advance registration is required for the exam session. Candidates must register at http://hameducation.org/dsrc/ no later than Wednesday, March 16. The FCC examination will be administered by ARRL-certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs).

An exam fee ($15.00) must be paid by each examinee. A legal photo ID (identification) will be required to take the exam. If no photo ID is available, see http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session for alternatives.

All license exams will be offered (Technician, General and Extra) at this testing session. If upgrading, bring an official copy of your current license. Results of your test will be provided after the exam session is completed.

Since 1976, the Trenton Computer Festival is the parent of all technology festivals! TCF 2022 will be a virtual event, rain or shine.