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. 

 

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 at 10:30am.  

What to Bring: http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session

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 March testing session will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church in Oro Valley.

The November testing session will be held at the Tucson Hamfest on November 11.

Cost: The ARRL testing fee is $15.00.  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. .

License Class

2017 Summer General License Class Starts June 1

Enrollment for this class is closed

What:           General License Class

Where:         Ascension Lutheran Churchat 1220 W Magee Rd in Tucson

                   This is the monthly meeting location but in a different room.

When:          Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM starting June 1st

Prerequisite: Must hold a current amateur radio license (any class)

Course Book: The ARRL General Class License Manual (spiral bound edition)

Class Fee:     Free to members of the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club (OVARC)

         Those wishing to join OVARC may do so at the first meeting.

Registration: Send your name, call sign and email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are planning to attend the class, order the book now as homework will be assigned before the first class.

Click here for directions to the class

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