Ham in a day class free!!!!

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  1. K3WS

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    thank you so much for this great reply. I hope others share their own stories both good or bad so we all can learn form them and do even better to help this great hobby.... Thank you and 73 tom k3ww
  2. K3WS

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    thank you for your honest reply... 73 tom k3ws
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  4. KJ6MQM

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  5. K3WS

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    Thank you again to everyone spreading the news on this event. Turnout is looking very good!!!! Scott N3XCC VE Team Leader may just need some more VE's... :)
  6. W3GFD

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    At this point we have 98 people signed up for the session. Going to be fun.
  7. K0RGR

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    I teach a two day Technician Class. In 2013, I plan to do it four times, and try at least two different formats. It seems like about 50% of my prospective students can't make it to Saturday classes, and the other 50% can't do classes during the week, so maybe if I do it both ways, we'll get more students. The class is about 16 hours for Technician - I usually do it as two 8 hour Saturdays back to back. This year, I will do it as four 4-hour sessions during the week, too.

    I do not teach to the test in these classes. I cover all the material in the License Manual to the point where I think everybody understands it. It's much easier to learn the material than to memorize questions and answers when you have a live instructor. I leave it to the students to study the questions on their own, and we usually have about 10 days between class and VE exam. I try to impart some basic skills, like programming a radio and soldering coax connectors, and now that I'm doing the classes in my home, it's easy to get on the air and demonstrate things. I can do the Tech and General together in about 18 hours, but that's pushing things, and is a big step for people coming from no background at all.

    I have a signup sheet on our web site, which is how I've been getting prospects lately. Last year, when I got three people signed up to do the class, I scheduled one. This year, I am going back to pre-announced classes, so we can advertise them better.

    No, ham radio is not for everybody. I really try to emphasize the hobby aspect of it. Still, EMCOMM and Prepping seem to be big draws, as is SKYWARN around here. I think that's been the case for a really long time, but it was never really front and center decades ago. We've got a lot of good hams who got into it only for those aspects, but soon learned that to be able to do public service or emergency work, they had to 'do the hobby' too, and many find that they enjoy it. Providing real service involves more than just being able to yack on the radio. Ideally, hams are the 'radio people' who can help with all manner of wireless stuff for emergencies and non-emergency public service events.
  8. K3WS

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    Thank you for another great post. I simply can not wait to see how this event turns out. Last count over 100 attending. Stay tuned for results from the team!!!! Tom K3WS (note: I am just a messenger and I really want to help spread the news)
  9. W5TTW

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  10. K3WS

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    This just in. over 117 attending.... thank you for spreading the word....
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