Technician Class Amateur Radio License Exam Cram - Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 6-9pm (Fri), 8am-2pm (Sat.)

This free intensive Technician Class Amateur Radio licensing review course is designed for Portland NET members, but is also open to the public for ages 12+. Scheduled to take place at PCC Cascade in PSEB 100, the class will concentrate on the value of amateur radio for emergency disaster communications, but will also cover some of the other aspects of amateur radio as a hobby.  The course is based on Gordon West's Technician Class License Preparation manual.

Free class, but donations to the Piedmont NET are very helpful

Though the course is free, a donation ($5-$10) to cover the cost of emergency response supplies for the Piedmont NET would be greatly appreciated. You can use the PayPal Donate button in the right sidebar on this page.

What's not free

You will also need to purchase a handheld radio (a BaoFeng model from Amazon: $30-$60, depending on power and other features) after you have passed the exam ($15). So, the total cost will be somewhere around $50-$85..

Here's how to prepare for the exam:

  1. Register for the class at the bottom of this page.  
  2. Download and print the course guide, FCC Question Pool, and other class-related materials at  The Question Pool (valid from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022) contains all 424 questions and answers that may be found in the 35-question exam. Also download the files at the very bottom of this page.
  3. Study on your own (6-10 hours) using the Gordon West book or your own choice of study manual.  Watch the entertaining educational videos and download other materials found at
  4. Take online practice tests a few times to monitor how you are doing and to gain confidence for the actual exam. One online practice test site is at
  5. After taking the practice exams, you may feel confident enough to go ahead and take the real test, If yes, skip to step 7.  If not, go to step 6. 
  6. Attend the class at PCC Cascade with others who are studying for the exam. Using analogies and memory reinforcement strategies, we will go over all of the questions to help you "connect the dots" between memorization of the material and actually understanding the concepts.  The class will consist of PowerPoint instruction and some demos of some equipment. Register for the Exam Cram below.
  7. Take the test that afternoon from 3pm to 6pm next door in  PCC Cascade PSEB 103.  Be sure to register for the exam using the link below.
  8. We will keep you informed of other possible testing opportunities.
  9. When you pass the exam, please let us know.  We keep data on the number of successful license candidates.  It helps the Portland Bureeau of Emergency Management with its emergency communications and funding.


Further training when you have received your license...

To help you get going with your new skill, two weeks after the test when everyone has been issued their call sign by the FCC, a follow-up FREE workshop helps you program your new radio and get some basic on-air experience. Registration for the workshop is at

Please email Michael Colvin, W6CUJ at if you have other questions, or when you have passed the exam. 


If <14yo

Copy this link for the exam registration form, or follow the link on the confirmation page:


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