• Licensing


    Current Courses


    Technician License Course

    A training course sponsored by

    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    This is an entry level course for anyone wanting to get started
    with "ham" radio. You will learn all you need to know to
    receive an FCC technician level license. No previous
    experience is required. No course fee. No exam fee.

    Saturday mornings 9:00 to Noon
    September 16th through October 7th, 2017
    License test is October 7th.

    at

    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Membership of Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club is not required
    but we hope you will join. Visit w7tbc.org to find out more
    about us.

    Course text is "ARRL Ham Radio License Manual" 3rd edition,
    available at Ham Radio Outlet and at ARRL.org

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, email address, and phone number.
    Use message subject "Technician Course".




    Prior Courses

    General License Course

    A training course sponsored by
    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    Saturday mornings 9:00 to Noon
    January 28th through April 8th, 2017
    (No class February 18th - Yuma hamfest)
    Last day is test day

    at

    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Course is free for members of Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club. You may join TBARC for $25 here: http://www.w7tbc.org


    Text is ARRL General Class License Manual 8th Edition, available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at ARRL. Test fee, set by ARRL, is $15.00.

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, phone number, and callsign if any.

    Current TBARC membership is required. Class size may be limited so register early.




    A FCC Technicians Class amateur radio class is being offered to all interested folks. This is being hosted by the Thunderbird and West Valley clubs.

    Start Date: June 1, 2016. Duration: 7 weeks. Time: 7:30 pm. Class sessions: 90 minutes in duration. Location: Surprise Public Safety Bldg., 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

    Course material "ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Level 1 Technician Third Edition" $29.95 + tax payable at the 1st day of class for registered students. Please indicate if you wish to purchase the book at the first day of class so we can reserve one for you. There is also a $15.00 charge for taking the FCC test at the end of the seven week course.

    Sign up for the tech course here.

    General License Course

    A training course sponsored by
    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to Noon for March 5th through May 7th, 2016

    at
    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Course is free for members of Thunderbird Amateur Radio
    Club. You may join TBARC for $25 here:
    http://www.w7tbc.org/content.php?326-Join-TBARC

    Text is ARRL General Class License Manual 8th Edition,
    available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at
    ARRL. Test fee, set by ARRL, is $15.00.

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, phone number, and callsign if any.

    Current TBARC membership is required. Class size may be
    limited so register early.




    Note: You do not need Morse Code to get your license.

    Morse Code Course

    A training course sponsored by
    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club
    and taught by
    Chuck Adams K7QO

    Tuesday evenings - February 16th through May 3rd, 2016.
    6:45pm to 7:45pm.
    Except no class March 15th or March 22nd

    at
    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Course is free for members of Thunderbird Amateur Radio
    Club. You may join TBARC for $25 here:
    http://www.w7tbc.org/content.php?326-Join-TBARC

    No previous experience required

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, phone number, and callsign if any, and put "Morse Code" in the subject line.

    Current TBARC membership is required. Class size may be
    limited so register early.

    Extra Class

    A training course sponsored by
    Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club

    Upgrade from General or Advanced

    Saturday mornings 9:00 to Noon
    September 19 through November 21, 2015
    Last day is test day

    at
    HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, Hospital,
    Deer Valley Campus,
    19829 N 27th Ave (SW corner of North Loop 101 and I17 stack)

    Course is free for members of Thunderbird Amateur Radio
    Club. You may join TBARC for $12.50 (half year pro-rate)
    here: http://www.w7tbc.org

    Text is ARRL Extra Class License Manual 10th Edition,
    available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at
    ARRL. Test fee, set by ARRL, is $15.00.

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include
    your name, phone number, and callsign.
    Current TBARC membership is required.


    Tech Class
    TBARC held a Technician Class starting March 24 at the LDS Church. The class ran for 7 weeks, meeting on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. The last day was on safety and then the test was given.

    Location:
    LDS Church
    15018 North 39th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85053

    General Class
    TBARC hosted a General class that ran from September 20th through November 15th, 2014, at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, 59th Ave & Greenway, Glendale, Arizona. Last session was a VE Test.

    Sponsored by Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club, fee $10.00. Text is ARRL General Class License Manual 7th Edition, available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at ARRL. Test fee, set by ARRL, is $15.00. A minimum of 10 students needed to hold the course. Sign up now!

    Email course@w7tbc.org to register. Please include full name, phone, and callsign (if any).

    This information is also available in a printable flyer.

    Technician Class

    TBARC held a Technician class which will teach you what you need to know to get the first level of amateur radio license. The classes started on June 10, 2014 and are held every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. Cost is $15.

    Location:
    LDS Church
    15018 North 39th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85053

    TBARC holds courses during the year. Many are in Room 23 of the Snell Building on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management on Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00.



    Old Tech/General Class License Course
    Click HERE to access the course material.

    Amateur Extra Class License Course
    Click HERE to access the 2013 course material. Previous years are available here. Note that the Extra class question pool changed in 2012 and older material may not apply to the 2013 Extra Course.



    Extra Course

    TBARC hosted an Extra class course Saturday mornings 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, starting March 2nd, at Thunderbird School of Global Management, 59th Ave & Greenway, Glendale, Arizona. There were ten sessions through May 4. (The May 4 session was be a license exam.)

    Sponsored by Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club, fee $10.00. Text is the ARRL Extra Class License Manual Tenth Edition, available at HRO (discounted price for course students) and at ARRL. The test fee, set by the ARRL, is $15.00.