License Classes

So You Want To Be A HAM!

The Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club offers Technician License Classes based on the number of requests and the availability of instructors. Classes are held one night per week for 6 weeks from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.  At the last class the FCC License Test is administered.  Students are required to purchase the class textbook - Technician Class 2014-2018 License Preparation by Gordon West, WB6NOA. The class is free to OVARC members.  There is a $15 test fee required by the ARRL.  

If you are interested in a class and none are currently scheduled, please send an email to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and you will be put on our waiting list. Please include your name and address. We use the address to determine the best location to hold the class. Classes are held either at the Oro Valley Police EOC in the Oro Valley Marketplace, the Marana Community Building at I-10 and Ina, or at the Marana Town Hall complex based on student demographics. 


2018 Spring Tech License Class

2018 Spring Technician License Class

Enrollment Closes on February 22nd 

What:             Technician License Class now forming

This class will prepare you to take the FCC entry-level amateur radio license examination. At the end of the class, American Radio Relay League certified examiners will administer the test. Soon after you will be on the air!

When:            Thursday evenings from March 1, 2018 through April 5, 2018.

Each session will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

                        There will be six meetings.

Where:           Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 Magee Road
                        We will be using the large meeting room in the rear of the complex.

Required:      The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual

 The book may be purchased from Amazon with this link.

Cost:              $25

At the end of the class, the ARRL Examination fee is $15.

Enrollment:  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  that includes your name and email address.

If you are planning to participate, order the book ASAP.

There will be a reading assignment due before the first meeting.

To be successful in the course, you will need to read and study outside of class hours. 

Directions to Ascension Lutheran Church

Entrance to Meeting Room 

Church Entrance

Monthly Amateur Radio License Testing

License Testing

OVARC provides monthly sessions to administer FCC license testing for new Technician licenses and General and Extra upgrade licences.  

When: First Saturday of every month with the test starting promptly at 10:30 a.m.  PLEASE BE ON TIME  

What to Bring:

Where: Oro Valley Police Department Emergency Operations Center, 1920 E Tangerine Rd., Oro Valley, AZ.  This is in the Oro Valley Marketplace on the corner of Tangerine and North Oracle Rd in Oro Valley.   Go to the rear of the building just west of Wal-Mart.

The November testing session will be held at the Tucson Hamfest on November 10.

Cost: The ARRL testing fee is $15.00. Please bring exact change. Make checks payable to "ARRL"  

To schedule an exam or for more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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