• Licensing


    Exam Sessions

    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club has established a regular ham license exam session. Our VE liaison, Jim K7EOG has secured a semi-permanent home, and we have a session on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. It's at the Honor Health Medical Office Building, 19841 N 27th Ave in Phoenix. Because of limited seating, signups are necessary--send email to ve@w7tbc.org for details.

    See the "Exam Information" section below for what to bring to an exam session.




    License Courses


    Current 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.




    Prior Courses

    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 will 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.



    Regular Exam Sessions


    In addition to the sessions listed below, you can search for ARRL exam sessions.


    Arizona Amateur Radio Club (AARC)

    Arizona Amateur Radio Club (AARC) holds license examination sessions on the 4th Saturday of the month from September through May. The testing sessions are held at 7 PM at the American Red Cross Building, 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway (I-17), East side, just North of Bethany Home Road. Candidates must make arrangement at least 24 hours in advance to gain entrance to the facility. If you are interested in being tested, please contact Gary, K7GH, at 602-996-8148 or George, KQ7C at 602-274-6212.


    Amateur Radio Exam Scheduled at DeVry University

    Amateur Radio examinations routinely sponsored by DeVry Amateur Radio Club and West Valley Amateur Radio Club will again hold VE Testing at DeVry University. To prepare yourself for the exam, David recommends the following: Take at least 20 practice tests on QRZ.com to make sure that you are ready.

    Please check the exam schedule at the WestValleyArc Website.

    Contact David Morrill, N7TWT Liaison/Manager if you need more details. (623) 925-0680 Email: n7twt@arrl.net. VEC: ARRL/VEC AZ Desert Chapter 10-10


    International and the Superstition ARC

    The AZ Desert Chapter 10-10 International and the Superstition ARC hold VE Testing sessions on the third Monday of every month at Mesa Cities Utilities Offices, 640 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa with registration starting at 6:00 PM. Contact Steve Gurley at 480-804-1469.


    Boy Scout Troop 127

    The Boy Scout Troop 127 holds VE Testing sessions at 8 :00 PM on the third Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier School, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Contact John Kelly, 602-264-6854 for further information.



    Exam Information
    When you are ready to take an exam for an Amateur Radio license, there are Volunteer Examiners available to assist you. Each applicant will need to bring:

    • a picture ID (some test sessions may require two forms of identification)
    • your original license (if you have one)
    • certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCEs) (if you are upgrading license class using prior CSCEs)
    • a photocopy of your license and any CSCEs you will use to upgrade
    • the required test fee (usually around $15.00, exact change is always appreciated). For TBARC sessions, make checks payable to TBARC.
    • your FCC Registration Number (FRN) or social security number (SSN)



    PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, and locations may change. Get in touch with the test session contact to confirm information and appropriate fee.