• Looking for Help as a New or Returning Ham Radio Operator?

    Send an email to hamhelp@sbcara.org and someone will contact you to see how we can help!

    For Amateur Radio Licensing (including fully remote testing & study) email testing@sbcara.org.

Test / Train

Status = Tri County means sessions open to those in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara counties only. Email testing@sbcara.org for a link to register. The session will open up to the general public if there are seats available about 5 days before the session.

Upcoming Date / TimeLinkStatus
Fri 11/6 – 1900 / 7pmEmail for linkTri-County
Sun 11/8 – 1900 / 2pmEmail for linkTri-County
Wed 11/11 – 1900/ 7 pmEmail for linkTri-County
Sat 11/14 – 1400 / 2pmEmail for linkTri-County
Wed 11/18 – 1900/ 7 pmEmail for linkTri-County
Wed 12/2 – 1900/ 7 pmEmail for linkTri-County
Sat 12/5 – 1400 / 2pmEmail for linkTri-County
See: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/N6HKT for our upcoming exams or https://hamstudy.org/sessions/ for a listing of exams including those by other groups.

Amateur Radio License Testing

We have been having fully-remote on-line ham testing sessions. We are planning more – if you’re interested, please contact our contact volunteer examiner at testing @ sbcara.org or check https://hamstudy.org/sessions/N6HKT for dates….

Before 2Q 2020, our group had over a 90% pass rate for the Ham Cram (Amateur Radio License Study) process.

With the COVID-19 situation, we had to find new ways to do things and we are now able to provide Amateur Radio Testing remotely, but the question has been, how can we update a ham study process while practicing social distancing?

We have two processes. These two processes are based on what we know has worked in the past.

1. On-Line Ham Study Process.
2. At Home Ham Cram Process.

On-Line Ham Study Process

  1. Obtain study materials – Download PDF files based on the license class you’re looking for or purchase ham study books from groups such as hamstudy.org (free), ARRL or W5YI. Study the materials on your own.
  2. Go to HamStudy.org (if you didn’t already do so in step 1) and register for a free account and try some practice tests.
  3. Continue practicing until you’re consistently passing near 90%. You need 74% to pass a real test, but people typically do worse on a real test over a practice test.
  4. Contact SBCARA VEG (Volunteer Examiner Group) at testing@sbcara.org and reserve a time for a license testing session. See http://sbcara.org/pretest to see what needs to be done in advance of the appointment.
  5. Follow the directions for Fully-Remote On-Line testing as directed to by the Contact Volunteer Examiner (N6HKT) at testing@sbcara.org

At Home Ham Cram Process

  1. Obtain study materials – Download PDF files based on the license class you’re looking for.
  2. Contact SBCARA at testing@sbcara.org and reserve a time for a license testing session in the afternoon or evening. See http://sbcara.org/pretest to find out what needs to be done in advance of the appointment.
  3. From your appointment time, count back 7 hours and set your start time. (For example, if your appointment time is 4:00 pm, set a start time of 9:00 am)
  4. Clear your desk or table of any distractions and do everything possible to avoid interruptions. Consider yourself on the clock like a job for the next 8 hours with a lunch break.
  5. For the first hour, spend the first 45 minutes going through section 1 of the test packet. Highlight the correct answer which is in parenthesis near the test question number and focus on the right answer.
    (in this example, the correct answer is “A”:
    T1A03 (A)
    Which part of the FCC regulations contain the rules….
    A. Part 97
    B. Part 73…
  6. You want to link the question with the correct answer. Ignore the wrong answers. Continue until you see “End of Section 1”. Go back to the beginning of the section and continue to read and review until the 45 minutes is up.
  7. After 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break. Give your mind a break for 15 minutes.
  8. Start the next hour the same 45 minutes of sutdy as the first with section 2.
  9. We found it best to study for 4 hours, take a 1 hour lunch break, and finish the last 2 sections for 2 hours. Although, technically take the lunch hour break wherever it makes sense to you, but it is recommended taking it near the middle of the seven hour period. Don’t try to do all seven hours in a row, your mind needs a break in there.
  10. After you’ve completed all 6 sections over the 7 hours, get ready for your appointment as directed by the Contact Volunteer Examiner (N6HKT) at testing@sbcara.org

Note – the diagrams the questions refer to are in the back of the document.

Congratulations to those who passed!

Congratulations to those who have passed their exam so far…. For the new licensees, click on your call sign below to be taken to the FCC site and then click “Reference Copy” and it will let you download a PDF of your license or take you to a viewer of the copy (depending on your computer configuration) and you can print your reference copy from there.

NameCall SignLicense ClassDate
Caleb J. BarbeeKI5LVYTechnician10/28
Robert R. BlackmerKN6LUKTechnician10/28
Louis GoesslingKF0CGOTechnician10/28
David D. RiedelKN6LULTechnician10/28
Joseph R. TaberaKN6LUMTechnician10/28
Brian WaysonKF0CGPTechnician10/28
Elizabeth A. BitzKF0CEPTechnician10/24
William C. Hostrop (Liam)WA6RAHUpgrade to Amateur Extra10/24
Jeff NewmanKN6JYTUpgrade to General10/24
David NunezKN6LTMTechnician10/24
Timothy L. YounceKO4IUWTechnician10/24
Peter A. DuprisKN6LQHTechnician10/21
Richard T. GomezKJ7RTOTechnician10/21
Henry J. HernandezKN6LQITechnician10/21
Nathan J. HiscockKD9QHFUpgrade to Amateur Extra10/21
Emanuel M. TaganileKN6LQJTechnician10/21
Bradford P. AndersonKE6PWMUpgrade to General10/16
Stephen L. AsheKN6LNVTechnician10/16
Gregory EvansKE8PSYTechnician10/16
Derek RobinsKD9QOXTechnician10/16
Evan BradyKO4IISTechnician10/9
Raymond FournierKN6LJHTechnician10/9
Mikhail W. Fraser-GrayKN6LJITechnician10/9
Brian KahrsKJ7RLGTechnician10/9
Paul AndrewsKJ7RIVTechnician10/7
Terry M. BrewerKJ7RIWTechnician10/7
Nathan J. HiscockKD9QHFUpgrade to General10/7
Grayson M. MorrisonKD9QNITechnician10/7
Kyle S. SallingKN6LHVTechnician10/7
Sean AskeKJ7RITTechnician10/2
Michael H. FletcherKN6LHUTechnician10/2
Lara JerniganKI5LLCTechnician10/2
Jack M. McKennaKO4IFJTechnician10/2
Jeffrey L. RanckKJ7RIUTechnician10/2
Steven CoxKJ7RFBTechnician9/30
Colin M. DavisKF0BWETechnician9/30
Nathan R. DavisKF0BWFTechnician9/30
Kristin J. DeweyKN6LEJTechnician9/30
Peter EzzoKO4IAATechnician9/30
Scott GilletteKN6LCITechnician9/25
Eric HallerKN6LCJTechnician9/25
Kelly G. McBrideKO4HXITechnician9/25
Nicole RinconKJ7RBXTechnician9/25
Joseph A. VanniKN6LCKTechnician9/25
Leighton BoveeKN6KYRTechnician9/18
Alexander FallenstedtKJ7QYKTechnician9/18
David HammillKJ7QYLTechnician9/18
Jesse D. DickensKJ7QVVTechnician9/16
Michael SalipanteKN6KWITechnician9/16
Keegan C. SanchezW6TMMUpgrade to General9/16
David N. StoddardKN6JOIUpgrade to General9/16
Jason T. TurkKI5KYTTechnician9/16
Matthew GeorgieKF0BPHTechnician9/12
Thomas GeorgieKF0BPITechnician9/12
William C. HostropWA6RAHUpgrade to General9/12
Timothy M. RosasKN6KUNTechnician9/12
Brad WebbWE6BDWUpgrade to Amateur Extra9/12
David J. CantarellaKB3VRRUpgrade to General9/9
Spencer L. GilesKJ7QLPTechnician9/9
Michael F. GoodKJ6ILGUpgrade to Amateur Extra9/9
Nathan J. HiscockKD9QHFTechnician9/9
Kevin M. HartKJ7OVQUpgrade to General9/9
Jim L. ChangKO4HCITechnician9/6
David S. HernandezKO4HCJTechnician9/6
Randall T. HumistonKN6JLCUpgrade to Amateur Extra9/6
John B. Tanner IIIKI5KTXTechnician9/6
Kathy WollmanKN6KSPTechnician9/6
Andrew CraigK9MKEUpgrade General9/4
Bradley J. JonesKJ7QLATechnician9/4
Yevgeniy KarazhovKN6KSMTechnician9/4
Esteban J. RomagniW4DTAUpgrade to Extra9/4
Ben WallaceKN6KSNTechnician9/4
Kendall H. ClementKN6KQWTechnician & General9/2
Conner H. CrenshawKO4GZNTechnician & General9/2
Rimantas J. KundrotasKJ7QJPTechnician9/2
Dennis O. Letcher Jr.KD9QGHTechnician9/2
Anthony R. MarshallKI5KTBTechnician9/2
Aaron SteinKM6QOSUpgrade to Amateur Extra9/2
James C. GuyW5RHTUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/30
Timothy J. KellnerAI5AD was N5KELUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/30
Ronald B. PerelmanKN6KQGTechnician8/30
Alejandro PincovKO4GRUUpgrade to General8/30
Habib RahmanAJ6PY was KN6JYVUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/30
Yuqing GongKN6KMLTechnician8/22
Joseph S. GrantKJ7LTEUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/22
Binlang GuKN6KMMTechnician8/22
Joshua HenryKD9QEQTechnician8/22
Douglas MuiKN6KMNTechnician8/22
James StrattonKN6KMOTechnician8/22
Aaron LariscyKO4GMMTechnician8/19
John R. LonborgN6TUBUpgrade to General8/19
Ferrell C. MayesKE8PAYUpgrade to General8/19
David A. PattersonKD9QDKTechnician8/19
Mark PearsonKJ7QCDTechnician8/19
Brian P. TraceyKJ7QCETechnician8/19
Christopher R. BuddKF0BGATechnician8/14
Benjamin R. FerreiraKI5KNCTechnician8/14
Jacob FirestoneKJ7PYLTechnician and General8/14
Kenneth FrankeKN6KJDTechnician and General8/14
Jeffrey M. HammerKN6KJETechnician8/14
Miles A. LinscottKF7EFIUpgrade to General8/14
Andrew W. PulleyKJ7PYMTechnician8/14
David W. RascheKD9QCJTechnician8/14
Keegan C. SanchezKN6KJFTechnician8/14
Derrick Chan-SewKN6KIHTechnician8/12
Greg MicchalecKD9QBYTechnician8/12
Thomas K. ReskKJ7PXITechnician8/12
Tony ZuccarinoKJ7PXJTechnician8/12
Brian E. BranchKN6KHKTechnician8/7
Scott D. BuzanKJ7NXKUpgrade to General8/7
Tyler J. ClerfKJ7PSSTechnician8/7
Douglas D. DuttonKO4GCZTechnician8/7
Anthony ScodaryKN6KHLTechnician and General8/7
Geofery R. KimballKJ7PQUTechnician8/5
Marc RobbinsW7MRXUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/5
William RobinKF0BBQTechnician8/5
Georgios D. TelonisKN6KFGTechnician8/5
Christopher E. VinsonKN6KFHTechnician8/5
Craig E. BorchardKM6EICUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/1
Dylan DawesKN6KDNTechnician8/1
Arthur P. HuntW6APHUpgrade to Amateur Extra8/1
Habib RahmanKN6JYVUpgrade to General8/1
Brad WebbWE6BDWUpgrade to General8/1
Joseph S. GrantKJ7LTEUpgrade to General7/29
Steven RobertsonKN6JUJUpgrade to General7/29
Gregory M. ShiwotaWH6GKLTechnician7/29
Kevin B. WoodardKN6JPLUpgrade to General7/29
Marcy L. EngelsteinKJ7PKITechnician7/24
David C. JacksonKO4FSHTechnician7/24
Jimmy N. SturdivantKN6KBMTechnician7/24
Andre R. DervishianKN6KAETechnician7/22
George W. HuntN6GWHUpgrade to Amateur Extra7/22
Thomas G. LawsonKN6KAFTechnician7/22
Luis A. MembrilaKN6KAGTechnician7/22
Richard BlyKN6JYSTechnician7/17
Craig E. BorchardKM6EICUpgrade to General7/17
Jeff NewmanKN6JYTTechnician7/17
Anson H. PhamKN6JYUTechnician7/17
Habib RahmanKN6JYVTechnician7/17
Richard Todd DellingerKO4DQBUpgrade to General7/15
David DouglasKD2UAEUpgrade to General7/15
Carlos A. RodriguezWP4RNKTechnician7/15
Daniel C. WilliamsKI5JZJTechnician7/15
Rebecca L. CarneyKN6JVITechnician7/10
Randall T. HumistonKN6JLCUpgrade to General7/10
Phillip E. RobertsKI5JXLTechnician7/10
William G. RybackKJ7PDGTechnician7/10
Timothy L. WagnerKI5JIWUpgrade to General7/10
Leif M. AmussenKN6JUITechnician7/8
Luke P. ForzleyKD2UESTechnician7/8
Steven RobertsonKN6JUJTechnician7/8
Joseph R. CasebeerAI7BS ex KG7EQUUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/28
Mike D. CullenKM6UWGUpgrade to General6/28
Tim J. GambleK7TJGUpgrade to General6/28
Till NowakKN6JPMTechnician6/28
Joselito AranetaKN6JGKUpgrade to General6/26
Eugene J. Bukont IIIW3EJBUpgrade to General6/26
Dermot DuffyKN6JKMUpgrade to General6/26
Bradley E. HillKN6JPKTechnician6/26
Jordan R. LassiterKD2UDETechnician6/26
Juan R. MejiaAJ6PH ex KM6CFHUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/26
Paul E. SzemplinskiKD9PSTTechnician6/26
Kevin B. WoodardKN6JPLTechnician6/26
Phillip DeDionisioK1TUPUpgrade to General6/24
Robert E. Hales IIIKN6JMJTechnician6/24
George JewsevskyjWA3NAYUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/24
Padraic F. LackeyKN6JMKTechnician6/24
Billy C. RondKE7OHBUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/24
Eric BarendtN7EWBUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/21
Patricia (Trisha) BuzanKJ7OTITechnician6/21
Patrick MadiganKC3PMFTechnician6/21
Brad WebbKN6JKITechnician6/21
Deacon H. BradleyKI5JOVTechnician6/19
Tiffany M. CushmanKJ7OSXTechnician6/19
Dermot DuffyKN6JKMTechnician6/19
Carl C. GoslineKN6JKNTechnician6/19
Robert J. Hunnicutt IIIKO4EOPTechnician6/19
Jason LesKN6JKOTechnician6/19
David S. TaylorW5DSTUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/19
Cody WellsKN6JKPTechnician6/19
Dorian ChristensenKN6JHZTechnician6/17
Michael T. MudrickKE8OQGTechnician6/17
Steven TullisKJ7OPKTechnician6/17
Duane W. WheelerN6DSCUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/17
Dongwon KangK4NGDUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/14
Peter MurrayKI6ALDUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/14
Kyle OlsonKD2UAJTechnician6/14
Evan M. KauffmanKE8OPD Technician and General6/12
Larry MaliziaKJ6VUTUpgrade to Amateur Extra6/12
Robert H. ShawKB6KBAUpgrade to General6/12
Melissa M. TannerKI5GRHUpgrade to General6/12
Robert VellaKN6JGWTechnician6/12
David DouglasKD2UAETechnician6/10
Bruce NorrisKN6JFZTechnician6/10
Darryl RainsKN6JFYTechnician6/10
Jordan SongstadKJ7OMCTechnician6/10
Nick BrinkmanKN6JFKTechnician6/5
Jonathan MelgarKN6JFLTechnician6/5
Michael TorgusonAE0JITechnician, General & Amateur Extra6/5
Billy BoltzW6WKBUpgrade to General5/29
Brandon JacquesKN6JDQTechnician5/29
Tirso TavarezKO4DZBTechnician5/29
Alex YoungKN6JDRTechnician5/29
Randy MiramontezKN6ISQUpgrade to General5/16
Benson WongK6BENUpgrade to Amateur Extra5/16
186 Examinees, 208 Elements Passed ( 96%): 142 Technicians; 40 Generals; 26 Amateur Extras

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