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CLASSES
 
  1. The Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club
    • The Mike & Key Club has not yet established a class schedule for 2017.  Check back for class announcements.
  2. Other amateur radio license classes:
    • Find other classes listed with ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League)
      http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-class.
      As a minimum enter a Zip code and radius; then click "Search"
    • A series of classes:

      For each class there are 10 practice quizzes, and a handout booklet with over 150 illustrations.  5 instructors to answer your individual questions.  There are many show and tell and handle items to see and feel.  Video songs and informative utubes adds up to make this a fun class for all.

      The recommended book is the ARRL Technician Licensing Manual, 3rd edition. It cost about $30 and several are available. The registration is so the handout can be prepared for you.

      Please note that the General class is a different class than the Technician and it is in a different room.

      To register, Email Daniel Stevens, Training Coordinator, (206-228-9274) your name and class date at KL7WM@aol.com.

      1. Technician Class, two Saturdays.
        April 8 and 15, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
        The class is sponsored by Mike and Key ARC.
        VE test at 3 PM on the second day.
        The class is FREE, but the VE Test cost $15
        The test is open to walk-ins.
        Location:
              Issaquah City Hall, Eagle Room
              130 East Sunset Way
              Issaquah, WA 98027
      2. Technician Class, two Saturdays.
        April 22 and 29, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
        The class is sponsored by Mike and Key ARC.
        VE test at 3 PM on the second day.
        The class is FREE, but the VE Test cost $15
        The test is open to walk-ins.
        Location:
              PC Center
              2363 NW 80th Street
              Seattle, WA 98117
      3. Technician Class, two Saturdays.
        September 9 and 16, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
        The class is sponsored by Mike and Key ARC.
        VE test at 3 PM on the second day.
        The class is FREE, but the VE Test cost $15
        The test is open to walk-ins.
        Location:
              PC Center
              2363 NW 80th Street
              Seattle, WA 98117
      4. Technician Class, two Saturdays.
        November 4 and 11, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
        The class is sponsored by Mike and Key ARC.
        VE test at 3 PM on the second day.
        The class is FREE, but the VE Test cost $15
        The test is open to walk-ins.
        Location:
              PC Center
              2363 NW 80th Street
              Seattle, WA 98117
      5. General Class, two Saturdays.
        November 4 and 11, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
        The class is sponsored by Mike and Key ARC.
        VE test at 3 PM on the second day.
        The class is FREE, but the VE Test cost $15
        The test is open to walk-ins.
        Location:
              PC Center
              2363 NW 80th Street
              Seattle, WA 98117
    • Additional local classes will be listed as soon as they are announced.
       
  3. Other emergency response classes:
    • Washington Military Department - Emergency Management Division
      Training Opportunities:
    • The ACES program

      The ACES program was developed a few years ago to develop training programs for Amateur Radio emergency communications resources that meet the training needs of municipal, county, state, federal and private served agencies.

      The ACES development team with input from emergency managers, identified a minimum set of skills that are required of all operators regardless of served agency and created a training package. The goal is to create operators who can participate in an incident and function as volunteer professionals, rather than be seen as amateurs. The focus is on amateur radio used in an auxiliary capacity (as required by FCC rules) but includes discussion of other communications systems used by served agencies. The course has been delivered to nearly 500 participants in Washington, Oregon and California over the past few years. More information can be found at http://www.oregonaces.org/content/faq.

        The ACES Basic course is unique in three ways -
      • It covers a broad range of emergency communications topics, beyond just ham radio.
      • There is a hands-on component that includes programming radios and sending/receiving formal message traffic.
      • The class room delivery offers the opportunity to network with others and identify solutions and best practices between teams.

      One of the other goals has been to make this information as accessible as possible by locating venues around the area and keeping costs low. The course is available for about $25 which includes the cost of the book and course materials. Here is the list classes currently scheduled.

      • Renton Fire Station 14 is located at 1900 Lind Ave SW, Renton, WA, March 25-26, 2017

      Registration and more information is available on the ACES web site at http://www.oregonaces.org/.

      If you would like to host a class in your area, contact Scott Honaker, N7SS at n7ss@arrl.net.

    • Communications Academy, April 22nd & 23rd, 2017
       
  4. Code Practice:
    • CW speed practice, there is a 10 meter net on Tuesdays and Thursdays on 28.400 MHz at 8:00PM where the participants break up into pairs after an initial check-in period on USB and practice CW.   Listen for this net if you are interested.
    • W1AW Morse Code Practice is available via ARRL Web using Real Audio Files.   A single click here starts the practice.   You’ll need Real Audio (available free) to listen to these files.   The practice files include the same text used for W1AW’s regular code practice transmissions.   The files are updated after W1AW broadcasts them.   The Standard method is used for code speeds above 18 WPM.   For code speeds below 18 WPM, Farnsworth method is used.   The Web Morse practice follows the same format used by W1AW code practice transmissions.  The practice text comes from QST magazine.
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Web based practice exams:

Since different people have different learning styles, we suggest trying more than one of the following until you find a method that best fits your learning style.

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Morse Code (CW) computer based learning:
  • Notes from a short Mike and Key class about learning CW
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AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE EXAMINATIONS
 

Quick Guide to Testing Dates
  • Suggest calling the contact person. Test may be canceled or relocated.
  • If upgrading your license, bring your current original signed license and a photocopy of your current license.
  • If taking the written tests before you receive your license from the FCC, bring your original CSCE (CERTIFICATE of SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of EXAMINATION) and a photocopy from your previous test.
  • The ARRL VEC exam fee for 2016 sessions is $15.
Week Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
1st          Hoquiam    
2nd     Tacoma   JBLM   Port Angeles
Bellingham
Woodinville
No. Mason
3rd    Stanwood Port Ludlow Everett
Anacortes
Olympia     Mike&Key-Renton
Aberdeen
Mt Baker ARC
No. Kitsap
4th or
Last
      Everett     Vancouver WA
Poulsbo
Everett
Date
Varies
Additional Testing Information - VE Exam Search

VE Testing Sessions
 Mike and Key ARC
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Mike and Key Fleamarket, Puyallup, WA
Contact: Scott, AG7T, 425-788-0452
 
When: 1st Thursday 8pm
Where: Hoquiam Public Library, 420 7th St, Hoquiam, WA
Contact: Les, N7GH, 360-581-9104
 Radio Club of Tacoma
When: 2nd Tuesday 7pm
Where: 1249 S Washington St, Tacoma, WA
Contact: John, AC7WW, 253-948-6297
 W2USA Radio Club
When: 2nd Thursday 7:30pm
Where: MARS Bldg #830, McChord AFB, WA
Contact: George, N7TQZ, 253-536-8388
 Mason County ARC
When: 2nd Saturday 10am
Where: PUD #3, Aud. A, 2621 E Johns Prairie Rd, Shelton, WA
Contact: Dave, N7HT, 253-363-1692
 Mt. Baker ARC
When: 2nd Sat 10am, even months
Where: 1041 W Smith Rd, Bellingham, WA
Contact: Brian, K1BJ, 360-966-2485
 Lake Washington Ham Club
When: 2nd Saturday 11am
Where: Vinyl Fence Specialists, 23128 SR-9 SE, Woodinville, WA
Contact: David, AE7TD, 425-898-9721
 Stanwood-Camano ARC
When: 3rd Mon 7pm, odd months
Where: Snohomish Co. PUD, 9124 271st St SW, Stanwood, WA
Contact: John, K7LVJ, 360-757-8091
 Anacortes
When: 3rd Tues 6:30pm, even months
Where: Fire Station, 1016 13th St at Commercial, Anacortes, WA
Contact: Robert, NX7Q, 360-757-1357
 Olympia
When: 3rd Wed 6pm (except Dec)
Where: S. Sound Manor Event Ctr., 445 North St SE, Tumwater, WA
Contact: Klaus, AC7MG, 360-280-2428
 BEARONS ARC- Boeing Emps AR Ops No.
When: 3rd Thursday 6:30pm
Where: Snohomish Co. DEM, 720 80th St SW, Everett, WA
Contact: Ann, AA7AG, 425-742-6176
 Mike and Key ARC
When: 3rd Sat 12:30pm
Where: Salvation Army HQ, 720 S Tobin St, Renton, WA
Contact: Scott, AG7T, 425-788-0452
 
When: 4th Sat 9am, odd months
Where: Fire Station 41, 7600 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton, WA
Contact: Don, NS7Q, 360-509-3284
 Snohomish County Hams Club
When: 4th Sat 10am (except Dec)
Where: Baker View Community Ctr., 1401 Poplar St, Everett, WA
Contact: Jess, AD7PZ, 206-953-3178
 ARRL VE Session Search
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
 W5YI VE Session Search
http://www.w5yi-vec.org/exam_locations_ama.php
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For more information or comments, corrections, or additions to this site,
Please email us at: info@mikeandkey.org or
Jim Etzwiler - KD7BAT.
 
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