Get Your Amateur License
Technician License Class Starting on January 21, 2011


PARA conducts entry level amateur radio classes for people interested in obtaining their Technician Class FCC amateur radio license. Classes are on Fridays and continue for five weeks. The 6th week students are given the FCC Technician Class exam. The instructor will be Mr. Joe Howe KB3CBN (e-mail at "kb3cbn (at)"). There is no cost for the course, although you will need the study materials discussed below.

The Technician Class license is the entry level amateur radio license, with General Class and Extra Class being the next levels. The FCC no longer requires that amateur radio operators to know Morse Code (CW), although many of the amateur bands continue to hum with CW.

There will be 35 questions on the exam. The questions are selected from a pool of 385 available questions, chosen at random. To pass the test, you must correctly answer 26 of the 35 questions. This course will prepare you to pass this test.

All classes and the exam are conducted at the Holt Memorial Library in the Community Meeting Room, 17 North Front Street Street in Philipsburg at 7 PM. The next Technician class will start on Friday January 21, 2011 and will conclude with the February 25, 2011 testing session.

As permitted by FCC rules, there is a $15 fee to sit for the test. You are not required to have participated in the Technician Class to take the test. Test session reservations are recommended to assure enough printed tests are on hand.

To reserve a seat in the PARA Technician Class Course contact the instructor Joe KB3CBN (e-mail at "kb3cbn (at)") or on the telephone at 342-1513.

The recommended study materials for this course include:

Item Price
Ham Radio License Manual Revised 2nd Edition

Book and CD-ROM.
All you need to become an Amateur Radio Operator!
Includes practice exam software on CD-ROM.
  • Easy-to-understand “bite-sized” sections. Use this book, and pass the 35-question license test.
  • Includes the latest question pool with answer key, for use July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014.
  • Software included featuring the ARRL Exam Review CD-ROM.
  • Designed for self-study and for classroom use. Intended for all newcomers, instructors and school teachers.

Joe KB3CBN will be teaching from the Ham Radio License Manual Revised 2nd Edition . PARA has two copies of the Ham Radio License Manual Revised 2nd Edition book available for loan. It is strongly suggested that students have available the Ham Radio License Manual Revised 2nd Edition book.

Follow this link to order your study materials: ARRL Store.

A flyer about the Amateur Radio Class is available here.

Contact the instructor, Joe KB3CBN (e-mail at "kb3cbn (at)") (Phone: 814-342-1513) to answer any questions or register for the class.

The test session fee and the study material costs are the only expenses involved with obtaining your Technician Class amateur radio license.

February 25th Testing Session Prize - One lucky person who successfully earns their Technician Class License at the Philipsburg ARRL Licensing Exam on February 25th will win an Alinko DJ-175 2-meter band TH transceiver!

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