Training & Events

Upcoming Training Announcement

Members from the Half Moon Bay and SC4 amateur radio clubs are hosting a two-day Technician Licensing Class on April 27, 2024 and May 4, 2024 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Half Moon Bay Library Community Room. Both classes will be on a Saturday and will adjourn by 4:30 PM.

We are also hosting an in person FCC Licensing Exam on Saturday May 11, 2024 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Half Moon Bay Library Community Room.  All license class exams will be offered and it is not required that you attend the Licensing class.  You must however register for the exam by April 30th at: 

https://ham.study/sessions/657674bf30f12875482a3768/1

The Half Moon Bay Library is located at 620 Correas St in Half Moon Bay (94019).

Please email 2024exams@hmbarc.org if you have any questions or wish to register for the Technician Licensing class. For a PDF with this information, click here.

Ham Licensing and Training

Amateur radio is a federally licensed and administered radio service. An amateur license is not required to join HMBARC, but is required for actively transmitting on the amateur bands and participating in most of our activities.

Whether you're interested in amateur radio as a hobbyist or for community service, the HMBARC can help you get your amateur radio license. Please contact us to express your interest. We are happy to assist you in studying for the license exams, finding a class, or locating an exam facility.


Licensing

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the national association for Amateur Radio and an excellent resource for all things related to ham radio.  A good discussion of the requirements and benefits of different classes of licenses may be found on the ARRL’s webpage Getting Licensed.

Training

There are three ways to get the training needed to take an amateur radio license exam.

Take a class

The Half Moon Bay Amateur Radio Club periodically offers classroom instruction leading to the Technician class Amateur Radio license.  Please contact us for details. The SC4 Amateur Radio Club (SC4ARC) also offers classroom instruction; details may be found on the SC4ARC website.  The ARRL provides many resources related to licensing, education, and training including help finding a class (when using this resource, we suggest you enter your zip code and “within 100 miles” in the field immediately to the right).

Study at your own pace

There are many books and online courses that can help you prepare for any of the ham licenses. One popular book is Gordon West’s 2022-2026 Technician Class study manual (Amazon). It’s also available as an audio CD. The ARRL is also a good source for books (license manuals).

HamTestOnLine is a good computer-based online course.

Find a ham cram

In-person licensing classes are offered in the Bay area as one-day “ham crams” where participants complete supervised classroom study and take the test immediately following the class.  Check the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society website, baears, for information on the time and location of the next class.