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  • Amateur Extra Cram Class Aug 18 & 25, 2018 posted by Robert Freeburn on July 1, 2018
    Our 2018 Amateur Extra upgrade class will be in the Vista area 18-Aug and 25-Aug (two Saturdays)

    Two Day Amateur Radio EXTRA Upgrade Class: Saturday, 18+25-Aug Vista area

    This is a third level "upgrade" class for those already holding a General license/CSCE or an Advanced license. (If your goal is Extra and you're a Tech, you need to study on your own and pass the General before this class.)

    The Extra class is two successive Saturday's and the second session is immediately followed by the license examination. Those who pass the end-of-the-day exam will receive an upgrade to their amateur radio license from the FCC and gain access to HF "VIP lounges" and other Amateur Extra class privileges.

    Note: A few hours of study and practice exams before class dramatically improves most people's ability to pass the exam.

    18-Aug - 9:00 AM (sharp) to about 5:00 PM for the first part of the question pool. Plan to arrive 08:45.
    25-Aug - 9:00 AM (sharp) to about 7:00 PM for the rest of the pool and exam. Plan to arrive 08:45.
    (Class time includes short hourly breaks and a 45-60 minute lunch break.)

    Location: Vista Area (details provided later to those registered)

    Costs: There is no charge for the class or the exam.

    Eligibility: Anyone with a General (or Advanced) license properly following emailed registration instructions is eligible.
    Age limit: None (contact us for teen and pre-teen considerations)
    Note: this is an upgrade class - you must already have a suitable Amateur license to take the exam.

    Registration: Advance Registration is Required.
    Seating is limited and classes often fill quickly.
    Please Register Well In Advance!

    Step 0: Check your calendar (and your family's calendar) to verify that your day is free both 18-Aug and 25-Aug for the times above.

    Step 1: Request registration instructions by emailing (as we usually have more than one class open for registration, please include at least "18+25-Aug Vista EXTRA" in the subject of your message). You will receive a reply with registration instructions and study materials to review before class. (At times, there's a large email backlog and it can take up to a week to send your instructions.)

    Step 2: Reply per the instructions to complete registration (which request your call and FRN). A prompt and complete reply is to your advantage - seats are reserved in the order replies are received. Those who do not follow instructions and register via email are ineligible to attend the class.

    Additional notes;
    1. We must have a working email address for each prospective attendee and be in direct email contact (we cannot accept "proxy" registrations). If you want to get a family member or friend started on the registration path, include their email address on the To: or Cc: line when you reply to this email to request registration instructions. Your family member or friend will receive the instructions, and will still need to reply per instructions.

    2. If you are a member of a group that plans to have multiple people attend, please mention that group in your email.

    3. Your call is required to complete registration - you can provide it when you request instructions, or in the subsequent confirmation reply.

    Watch for additional email/reminders before class! There are only a couple....
    Those registered will receive an email "reminder" about 7-10 days before class with details on location, times, what to bring, etc.
    Those on the waiting list will receive an update about 7 days before class about whether space will be available.

    See or more information.

    j (on behalf of the instructor team: J af6gm, Rob k6rjf, Bob aa6bp, Michael n5kkw

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