Free Online Amateur Radio Operating Class 4/4/2024 – 6/20/2024

NOTE:  The following is offered by one of our Volunteer Examiners (VE), Rol Anders, K3RA.  Rol is not just a VE, but he is also the Chair of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC).  Rol is a GREAT source to learn much, much more about our hobby…


A free, weekly, 3-hour Amateur Radio Operating Class on Zoom will begin on Thursday, April 4, and run through June 20 at 6:30 PM Eastern time.  The presenters will be folks very experienced in the various subjects. Sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

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.  To receive registration information, contact Rol Anders, K3RA, at

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 confirmation 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 intermediate 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


Rol, K3RA