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Amateur Radio - Technician Prep Class


Doug Dooley (KD8OVR) is our training and testing Committee Chairman, and schedules and teaches our classes with almost 100% of our students passing their exams! 

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Amateur Radio - Technician Prep Class

Location: InventureNorth - 1320 Main St., Marinette, WI

Time: Wednesday Evenings as noted below from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Class Outline

3/1/23 Introduction

Electrical Principles

Electronic Principles and Components

Radio Wave Characteristics

3/8/23 Antennas and Feedlines

Amateur Radio Signals

Electrical Safety

Amateur Radio Practices and Station Setup

3/15/23 Station Equipment

Operating Procedures

FCC Rules

3/22/23 Exam


NoNonsense Technician Study Guide – Free PDF version https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/

A key element in preparing for the actual exam is taking as many practice exams as you can. Make sure the practice exam is based upon the July 2022 to June 2026 question pool. Here are some practice exam resources:





If you want to listen to some ham radio (listening does not require a license), you can go to http://websdr.org and listen to various radios around the world. You can tune them yourself and listen on different modes.


Thank you for your interest in our training and testing programs. Our next class will be held at inVenture North in Marinette as follows from 6-9 PM on Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, and Mar 15.  The first 3 dates will be classes, with the 4th night for testing.

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DAR Boys & Girls Club and Yaesu Wires find renewed interest in Ham Radio

DAR Boys & Girls Club and Yaesu Wires realize renewed interest in Ham Radio
by Steve Mellenthin - K9STT

The DAR Boys & Girls Club of Menominee Michigan boasts the only ham radio room of all the Boys & Girls Clubs in America. Our local Ham Radio Club, the Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club (W8PIF), and the DAR (K8DAR) have had a cooperative relationship for years and licensed a goodly number of young hams over the many years of joint effort.

The program started in 2004 with the efforts of Noel Beardsley () and Ed Engleman (KG8CX) and has seen successes over the years. But with the advent of internet communication, there has been waning interest on the part of the youngsters.  Let's face it, young people sitting on a local VHF repeater for 4 hours a week got old when they rarely got replies to their "this is K8DAR listening" calls on the air.  They not only got few responses but a number of times grubling was heard in response to the repeated calls for contacts from grumpy old guys who already had their licenses. Something needed to be done to make working VHF/UHF more fun for the youngsters, by getting actual responses from other hams.

When Ed (KG8CX) retired from the DAR in 2018 and Calvin Tharp (K1SGW) took over the lead DAR position, some brainstorming took place to put interest back into the DAR Hamshack.  With the help of Mike (KD8FUE), A.J. (KB7KZ), and Steve (K9STT - yours truly) along with a new Yaesu FTM-100DR and WIRES we started using the Yaesu technology on Americas Link where the kids were soon getting responses to their calls.  Along with the DAR Youth Room at node 62258 - the kids are able to make their contacts and QSY to their own room to avoid wearing out their welcome in America's Link. Ham radio operators on America's Link have been extremely patient and engaging when the youngsters are not sure what to say - which makes the Control Operator's jobs much easier!

While the renewed program is off to a great start, our goal for the long term is to establish the DAR Youth Room into a WIRES destination for young folks to meet and talk with other kids who are licensed and who hope to become licensed. Setting up ham shacks in other Boys & Girls Clubs, schools, or what have you will not only make better use of the network of rooms - but also grow the hobby and interest in the hobby. It also puts within reach of new technicians the feel of HF communications by allowing QSOs with people from around the world, only with crystal clear digital voice.