When setting up your account please use your Amateur Radio Callsign for your Username. If you do not have a callsign, please use your Real Name. A VALID email address is required in order to complete your registration. If you do not reply to the registration confirmation, you will be deleted! Thank you!


BARS & FRRL 2018 - General Class License Course

 Do you want to upgrade your Tech license to a General Class License? 
ere's your chance to study for that upgrade!! 

Throughout the year, BARS offers multi-week Amateur Radio License training classes at no charge for people wishing to prepare for either their first amateur radio license or for a license upgrade.  

 The General class is a joint venture which will be co-presented by the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) and the Fox River Radio League (FRRL).


FRRL n BARS General Class Logo

 General Class Course


When:     Saturday Mornings

Time:         9:00 AM -to12:00 PM (noon

Dates:       Sept 8 -thru-  Nov 10, 2018 

Where:      Golden Corral - Aurora

                4270 E. New York St., Aurora, IL 

This class is being sponcored by:  Golden Corral - Aurora - 4270 East New York Street, Aurora, IL 

(North of the Fox Valley Mall).

(Please Register Below) 

 BARS & FRRL General Class License Course

 The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) is once again joining together with the Fox River Radio League (FRRL) to presnt a NEW –  Amateur Radio General Class License education course this fall. 

This is a FREE 10 week course.  Where you will learn everything you need to upgrade your Amateur (Ham) Radio license to a General Class FCC radio license. 

This class is designed for people who are already in the hobby as Technician Class licensed Hams and are interested in upgrading to a General Class license to get more involved in the world of the Amateur Radio.  Although it helps to have a Technician Class License already, it’s not mandatory to just attend this course.  (However you will need to take and pass the Technician Class license Exam prior to testing for your General Class license).  There is no age limit to class attendance.  There is only the need of interest in the Amateur Radio hobby, and a willingness to attend the classes, learn and study.  In class, be prepared for interactive group participation, independent reading and interactive web tools study. There will be a VE Test Exam on the last (10th) week of the course.   Not to fret, if you attend the classes, and study the General course provides you with the knowledge and information you’ll need to pass the exam.   ANYONE is invited to join the course or “sit in” as a refresher.  If you’ve wanted to upgrade your license to a General Class License – Now is the time to do it!

The textbook for the class will be the ARRLGeneral Class License Manual, 8th Edition.   Be sure you have a copy before the class.   Books can be purchased online through www.arrl.org, atlocal hamfests, or other online sources such as Amazon, and Kindle.  Additional study material will be given to you at the classes.  After receiving your ARRL General Class License Manual textbook, be sure to review the book and read the first chapter.  To be ready to dive into learning at the first class and to ask questions.

General Class Flyer - PDF Files::

2018 General Class Flyer (2 sided) PDF File

General Class Flyer Pg 1 thumbnail               

2a General Class Flyer Pg 2 thumbnail

    General Class - Pg 1   General Class - Pg 2

General Class Course Announcement

 General Class - Announcement

General Class Course Material:

The ARRL General Class License Manual, 8th Edition.

ARRL General Calass License Manual 8th Edistion

The ARRL offers the General Class License Manual 8th Edition we will be using in this class.

 Soft Cover Version    -    Spiral Bound Version

Kindle Edition

  Class Registration:

Attending the Class is FREE but in order to get a head count, we are asking that you pre-register so we know you are coming.   Please click the link below to go to the FRRL website and register.

Register Here button

2018 General Class Schedule:

All classes are from 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

The General Class Schedule below, will be updated as instructor changes are finalized:

 Wk   Date  Chapter  Topic   Instructor   Callsign
 1  Sat.
- Sep 8  
 Ch. 1  Introduction
 Patrick Smith   N9TBD 
 2  Sat.
- Sep 15  
 Ch. 2  Proceedures & Practices 
 Roger Bara   W9YU 
 3  Sat.
- Sep 22  
 Ch. 3  Rules & Regulations
 John Miller   W9JDM 
 4  Sat.
- Sep 29  
 Ch. 5  *  Radio Signals & Equipment
 Dan Taddei   W9STS 
 5  Sat.
- Oct 6  
 Ch. 6  *  Digital Modes
 Ryan Schultz   W9UEY 
 6  Sat.
- Oct 13
 Ch. 4  *   Components & Circuits
 Denny Barfuss   W9HI 
 7 Sat.
- Oct 20  
 Ch. 7  Antennas
 Dean Gearheart   WB9BL 
 8  Sat.
- Oct 27  
 Ch. 8  Propagation
 Gary Smith   AA9JS 
 9  Sat.
- Nov 3  
 Ch. 9  Electrical & RF Safety
 Priscilla Miller   AE9PM 
 10  Sat.
- Nov 10  
 VE Test  VE Testing
  - Fee: $15. Photo ID & Copy of FCC License 

    *Study Note:The Presentation Order of Chapters 4, 5 & 6 - has been changed to:  Chapters 5, 6, & 4.  

This is not a Cram Class.  A good amount of study on your own will be required on your part.

A very useful online Flash Card, Practice Test, and Study Guide is:   HamStudy.Org

for tips on using HamStudy.org you can email:  Cyndi Gillies, K9NAX at:  VicePresident@k9bar.org   or  K9NAX@arrl.net


Class Location:

Golden Corral
4270 East New York Street
Aurora, IL  60504

This Course is sponsored by: Golden Corral - Aurora, IL
If you wish, to enjoy breakfast please come early.  
BARS & FRRL members are invited to come early, eat breakfast, and offer their support.

This Course is co-presented by:
FRRL - Fox River Radio League -- website: www.frrl.org
BARS - Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society -- website: www.k9bar.org


To Register Click:   Class Registration

FRRL n BARS General Class Logo

 For more information about the Technician Class or to register you can also email:  ClassRegistration@frrl.org

BARS Logo n text 2          BARS - Education Committee

Committee Chair    Cyndi Gillies      K9NAX      email: vicepresident@k9bar.org 
Committee Members   Lance Clarke   W9QB   email: webmaster@k9bar.org  

FRRL Logo          FRRL - Education Committee

Committee Chair    Allen Nelson    KB9VO    email:  education@frrl.org 
 Committee Members    Dan Taddei   W9STS    email:  president@frrl.org 
    Dave Booher   W9BOO   email:  secretary@frrl.org 


If you are interested in being a part of the BARS Education Committee, please contact Cyndi Gillies, K9NAX