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2019 - General Class License Course

 Do you want to upgrade your 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 will again be presented by the Northern Illinois Amateur Radio Training and Testing (NIART).  This starts a new education collaboration venture in association with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) along with local clubs, which include:  the Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) the Chicago Suburban Radio Association (CSRA) and the Fox River Radio League (FRRL).


 General Class Course


When:     Saturday Mornings

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

Dates:       Sept 21 -thru-  Nov 23, 2019 

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).

To Register Go To:

 NIARTT - General Class License Course

 The Northern Illinois Amateur Radio Training and Testing (NIARTT) is once again presenting a NEW Education Collaboration with a few local Amateur Radio organizations.  The Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society (BARS) together with the Chicago Suburban Radio Association (CSRA) and 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, 9th Edition.   Be sure you have a copy before the class.   Books can be purchased online through, 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::

General Class 2 page flyer


    General Class - Pg 1   General Class - Pg 2

 General Class - Announcement

General Class Course Material:

The ARRL General Class License Manual, 9th Edition.

The ARRL offers the General Class License Manual 9th Edition we will be using in this class.
ARRL Textbook URL:


  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.

2019 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 21  
 Ch. 1  Introduction
 Patrick Smith   N9TBD 
 2  Sat.
- Sep 28  
 Ch. 2  Proceedures & Practices 
 Roger Bara   W9YU
 3  Sat.
- Oct 5  
 Ch. 3  Rules & Regulations
 4  Sat.
- Oct 12  
 Ch. 4  Components & Circuits
 Jaye Sauer  W9CY
 5  Sat.
- Oct 19  
 Ch. 5  Radio Signals & Equipment
 6  Sat.
- Oct 26
 Ch. 6  Digital Modes
 7 Sat.
- Nov 2  
 Ch. 7  Antennas
 Ron Delpiere-Smith    KD9IPO 
 8  Sat.
- Nov 9  
 Ch. 8  Propagation
 Gary Smith   AA9JS 
 9  Sat.
- Nov 16  
 Ch. 9  Electrical & RF Safety
 Priscilla Miller  AE9PM 
 10  Sat.
- Nov 23  
 VE Test  VE Testing
  - Fee: $15. Photo ID & Copy of FCC License 


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 you can email:  Cyndi Gillies, K9NAX at: or


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, CSRA, and  FRRL club members are invited to come early, eat breakfast, and offer their support.

This Course is presented by:        
        NIARTT -  Northern IL Ameteur Radio Training & Testing
-- website: 

In affiliation with:        
        ARRL -  American Radio Relay League
-- website: 
        BARS - Bolingbrook Amateur Radio Society -- website:
        CSRA - Chicago Suburban Radio Association-- website:
        FRRL - Fox River Radio League


To Register Click:   Class Registration

 For more information about this course contact NIARTT email:

 NIARTT website: