Opinions expressed are my own. I hope they are useful, but policies and procedures vary widely from one location and group to another.

What I describe may not work for you and may even be unsafe. Always follow your local policies and procedures!

Also, unless specifically mentioned, this site is about VHF/UHF operations and not HF, which is very often different for very good reasons.

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N5FDL/CEVOL Repeaters

Stockton: 147.210 + N5FDL and 444.500 + K6TRK Both PL 114.8 (linked)

Copperopolis/Gopher Ridge: 147.015 + and 444.400 + N5FDL UHF is Yaesu System Fusion analog and digital — tone on analog only

Mt. Oso: 146.895 - N5FDL and 443.825 + PL 107.2 (not linked)

Tracy: 444.850 + KB6EMK PL 127.3

Affiliated Repeaters

Bear Mtn.: 146.090 + and 444.250 + WB6ASU Both PL 114.8 (linked)

Mt. Delux: 145.210 - PL 100.0 WA6SEK (10mi S of Tracy)

All repeaters are open to all users.

How does HamCram work?

How to quickly and easily become a licensed ham radio operator may be a mystery to you. You might even want a license right now and not know how to get one.

“Get Your License in One Day” is the perfect solution. No tedious preliminary home study. No long, boring once-a-week classes. You attend for just one day, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and you’re done. Hundreds of men and women, ages 16 to 90, (minimum age: 16, younger only by special request) have quickly succeeded in the past ten years, in over 100 sessions. The success rate has never been less than 85%.

How does this work? In 1984, the FCC transferred testing for Amateur Radio licenses to certified volunteers from the ham community. Applicants now pass a brief multiple-choice exam on a publicly-available pool of questions. The pool is made large enough to insure a legally-adequate familiarity with amateur radio law and practice. 

Twenty years have proven this concept valid. Hams today, who have passed under this newer licensing system, conduct themselves on the air just as well as hams ever have. The real learning takes place once you are on-the-air.

“Get Your License in One Day” is not a class. It is guided study — six 45 minute pool-reading sessions with breaks and lunch. We divide the pool into six segments. This is the most efficient way to maximize attention span against study fatigue. In other words, we tell you how to study, keep you doing it in an organized way, and then give you the test as soon as you are finished. It is a proven “winning formula.”

Sample Session Schedule (Subject to change)

Preliminaries 8:30-9:00 AM
Study Period 1 9:00-9:45 AM
Study Period 2 10:00-10:45 AM
Study Period 3 11:00-11:45 AM

Lunch 11:45AM-1:00 PM

Study Period 4 1:00-1:45 PM
Study Period 5 2:00-2:45 PM
Study Period 6 3:00-3:45 PM
Exam 4:00 PM

You must be present all day — no exceptions.

Short-term memory is the “secret” of the high success rate. Volunteer examiners are not permitted to change either the question or the right answers. All exams questions will be what you have been studying in the session. This is the biggest reason why 85% are easily able to recognize the correct answers immediately after reading the question pool thoroughly.

“Get Your License in One Day,” though to some a bit challenging, is truly the quick way to get your Technician Class Amateur Radio license. Alternately you may study for the written element of the General Class license. Also, the Extra Class license pool is too lengthy for this method. We only allow Extra attendees to study the Extra pool at a session by special request.

The exam session at 4 PM is open to the public. At it we administer all levels of amateur radio exams: Technician, General, and Extra class. One need not attend all day just to take an exam. The cost for one exam only is the officially-prescribed fee of $14.00. If you’ve paid to attend the whole day, the exam fee is included.

(Thanks to W6NBC for this content, which appears slightly modified).
HamCramâ„  is a service mark of David E. Coursey