O.M.E.G.A. has completed another amateur radio Technician class training session. Due to the bad weather, this class took eight weeks instead of the five or six weeks that we typically take.
Using ARRL’s Technician Class guide as our course material, we had 75% of the students take and pass the thirty-five multiple choice test within two weeks of completing the course. Two thirds of the students who passed their test had purchased their HTs (handi-talkies) before completing the training. This allowed them to begin listening in on rag chews and nets, getting their feet wet a little at a time.
O.M.E.G.A. attempts to hold two Technician class courses a year – a five or six week detailed course in the winter and a five day overview session in the summer.
The winter course meets for two to three hours a night, two nights a week. The course covers the majority, if not all the book chosen for the class. This course can include some show and tell of various amateur radio equipment. We also try to get in a fifteen to thirty minute practice session. The practice session pairs up students with licensed hams and allows them practice talking and listening on the radio.
The summer overview session is a refresher. Students are expected to have previously read the material and just want a review of the questions and answers. This session is three hours a night for five nights in a single week. The time is used to review the questions in the test pool. Students who plan to read the book during the week long course can expect a very intense and rough week. However, this is a good class for those who just want to refresh what they have previously learned before taking the test.
This year, we will also be throwing a General class course into the mix. If the pilot works out, we will look into making the class an annual offering.
If you are interested in a training session, but don’t see one on our calendar, please feel free to make a request and we’ll see what we can do. We will schedule special training for groups.