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Greene County, OH, Amateur Radio License Classes

Every Spring and Fall, the Greene County, OH, amateur radio clubs - Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Net (XWARN), and Upper Valley Amateur Radio Club (UVARC) - offer FREE amateur radio license classes to the general public. Classes for all three license levels - Technician (Beginner), General, and Amateur Extra - are offered.

Classes for Fall 2016 begin Sunday, September 11, and will continue for nine sessions through November 6. Classes run from 7PM to 9PM. A Greene County Test Session for FCC Amateur Radio Licenses is scheduled for Sunday, November 13th at 6:00 PM at Beavercreek Township Fire Station 61.

ARRL license manuals are now available in Kindle format (and paperback) from Amazon: Technician, General, Amateur Extra. ARRL License Manuals may be ordered at the first class session for a special discounted price of $25. Payment is due at time of order. License Manuals usually are available by the 2nd class session. ARRL License Manuals may be ordered directly from the ARRL Bookstore for $29.95 plus shipping; or from R&L Electronics in Hamilton, OH for $26.95 plus tax plus shipping (or pick up in person—call first to check stock.

To register for one of the courses or for more information, please contact Bill Watson K8WEW by email at or by phone (between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM) at 937-426-2166 (leave message if no answer).

Free Amateur Radio Tests in the Dayton Area

There is also a Laurel Volunteer Examiner (VE) group in the Dayton area that provides free testing throughout the year. For more information, you can contact Dave Crawford. Dave can also reach by cell phone at (937) 689-6894. There is also a schedule available for 2016.