Amateur Radio operators know there is a lot of knowledge and training that go into being a successful Amateur Radio operator (Ham). Before you can get on the air, you need to have a license*. You need to know the rules to operate legally. You also need to know how to operate safely and you will need some knowledge and training to operate successfully; and now there is no requirement to learn Morse code in order to get your license. US licenses are good for 10 years before a free renewal, and anyone may hold a license except a representative of a foreign government. After you get your first license, training does not stop there. There are classes that prepare you for public service and emergency communications and Elmer sessions to help make you a better operator.

ICARC Ham "U" Technician Class

(covers the current question pool)

Classes are normally held twice per year in October and February.

We are returning to the in-person 2-Saturday schedule.

Cost: $30 for the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 5th Ed.

$5 if you buy your own book or share

For more information, contact:

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ACES Basic Certification Class

The ACES Basic Certification Class is a 2 day, 16 hour, hands on class that provides fundamental knowledge about public service and emergency communications. It is an alternative for ARRL EC-001 for ARES Level II certification in Western Washington. Prerequisites for the class are a Technician license or higher and completion of ICS-100, ICS-200, and ICS-700.

Sign up for ACES Class -

ICARC Sponsored ACES Class

Next class is unscheduled

FEMA ICS Classes

FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) classes provide training to radio operators who might be involved in community service communications during an incident managed using National Incident Management System (NIMS) procedures. Most ICS classes are on-line, self-study classes. To sign up for these classes go to -

The following courses are recommended for any operator considering community service communications and are prerequisites for most advanced training courses.

Elmer Sessions

From time to time ICARC will be offering Elmer sessions. These are normally held on a Saturday the same months as our Ham U classes. Other sessions may be scheduled as the need arises. Watch the ICARC Calendar for schedules.

Elmer's Corner Folder