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Volunteers Needed for S.P.A.R.K. Tech. Training Session

S.P.A.R.K. members:

We have discussed in past meeting putting together a “Technician Class” to get new persons interested in the hobby a place to come and learn.  I have been asked to head up the training.  I agreed to do this but like the hobby itself its no fun just with one person.  I am asking for volunteers to help teach  the (10) Sub-elements in the question pool.  I have gone to (2) Tech classes over the course of several years.  One was when I was first licensed and one was a short time ago when my wife got the bug and got her ticket.  Both of these learning sessions were done in Warrensburg at the WAARCI club office.  Both were very good classes with a similar type of layout.  I am hoping to get (5) instructors to fill the two weekend days of Sat. Jan 5th and Sat. Jan 12th.

Now the questions are churning and you ask yourself: What do I have to do?

Well, I am working on preliminary lesson plans and hope that the instructors can give feedback or offer some suggestions for corrections.  I hope to have most of the work done and the instructors will be asked to go over the power point presentation lesson, in the beginning, followed by the selected question pool questions at the end.    That’s it.  We will try to have times set for those that cannot stay the duration of the day.  If you don’t like public speaking that’s ok also.  Please come to support your fellow HAMS and meet the new wave coming in.

We do not intend for this class to teach the new students everything they need to know about Amateur Radio.  We are having the classes to teach them how to pass the test.

I expect for those operators that are there to get loaded down with questions so any support to the cause you can give will be appreciated.

Current list of Subelements and Volunteers


T1 — FCC Rules, descriptions, and definitions for the Amateur Radio Service, operator and station license responsibilities

T2 — Operating Procedures

T3 — Radio wave characteristics: properties of radio waves; propagation modes (Phillip Markmann)

T4 — Amateur radio practices and station set-up (Daren Nerad)

T5 — Electrical principles: math for electronics; electronic principles; Ohm’s Law

T6 — Electrical components; circuit diagrams; component functions

T7 — Station equipment: common transmitter and receiver problems; antenna measurements; troubleshooting; basic repair and testing

T8 — Modulation modes: amateur satellite operation; operating activities; non-voice and digital communications

T9 — Antennas and feed lines (Phillip Markmann)

T0 — Electrical safety: AC and DC power circuits; antenna installation; RF hazards

Please send me a direct email to : KD0OPS@ARRL.NET

If you could put “Volunteer Tech Testing” in the subject line and let me know which Subelement you’re interested in teaching.  If you are interested and it is one that is already taken please list that also and we can use you as an alternate.

UPDATE: 12/8/2018

Dates for Technician Classes:

1/5/2019 = 8:00 to 3:00 (Times are best guess and could be extended to complete the lessons)

1/12/2019 = 8:00 to 12:00

1/12/2019 = 1:00 to last test completion

Instructor volunteers to date:  Scott – KEØQLT, Brett – KDØUSK,  John – NØXG, Phillip – KJ5ZW,  Daren – KDØOPS

Please feel free to shoot me an email to get your name in so we can coordinate.


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