Information on Online Classes

Dial has a long history of offering free in person classes to prepare students for their amateur license exams for over 30 years, but they have been temporarily put on hold since the beginning of COVID-19.  We recommend attending Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club online classes.

 

For details, see Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club Online Class webpage: Online Class Information
We have the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club Online Classes posted on our Dial Radio Club Calendar webpage: Calendar

 

Information on In Person Classes

Dial has a long history of offering in person classes to prepare students for their amateur license exams for over 30 years, but they have been temporarily put on hold since the beginning of COVID-19.  The student's only financial investment in the in person class is to purchase the text.  Classes had been held at Miami University Middletown and generally followed Miami's calendar.  The Technician class usually started in late August.  The General course followed the Technician and ended around Thanksgiving.  Spring classes began in late January and continued though early May.  Classes were held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  The Technician and General classes had been offered every year - depending upon interest. They lasted 6 weeks and were followed by an exam session.  The Amateur Extra preparation class was offered less frequently.  It is a 12 week class that was typically offered every other year during the spring. 

Instructors are Dial members.  Students were likely to 'see' different instructors every class meeting in the Technician and General preparation courses.  Some of the more technical topics for the Extra are broken into two consecutive weeks with the same instructor.  Still, over the entire class, there could more than six different instructors.

 

See our Calendar webpage for location and details about the next In Person Classes: Calendar

Requests for additional information about upcoming in person classes can be obtained from N8ACR or N8GGE.

 

Exams

We have continued to offer exam sessions since the beginning of COVID-19 following the COVID-19 recommendations for our area.  We have also been giving amateur examinations since the Volunteer Examiner program was instituted by the FCC.  Presently we are working under the Laurel VEC program - one of a the few programs that does not charge for exams.  Our Volunteer Examiner team is composed of members of Dial and BCARA.  Dial tends to offer about 4  or 5 exam sessions per year.  Dial Exams normally occur on Wednesday evenings.  Registration begins at 6:00 pm and the exams begin once the registration process is complete. 

See our Calendar webpage for location and details about the next Exams: Calendar
Requests for additional information about upcoming exams can be obtained from KD8W or K8CM.

Some exam sessions are held by BCARA at times that complement Dial's schedule.

 

Examinees need to bring the following to the exam session if applicable:

1) If you already have a license, then bring your original signed license and a photo copy of your signed license.

2) If you do not have license yet, then bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC Registration Number (FRN).  See the Dial Webpage License for details.

3) If you have a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE), then bring your original CSCE and a photo copy of your CSCE.

4) All examinees need to bring a Photo ID.


Your photo ID, the copy of your license (if applicable), and the copy of your CSCE (if applicable) will be placed in your folder during the examination.  Your photo ID will be returned to you once the exam process is complete. 

 

We receive very prompt service from Laurel and typically the FCC database is updated within 5 days after an exam session.

You can check your recent license grant by going to the FCC License Search website.  You may search by Call Sign, Name (Last, First), or FRN.



Photos from a March 2017 Extra Class:

                                                                   Students                                                                                                 Instructors (KD8W and K8CM)
Students  

Instructors