Looking for something fun to do in Westchester?

For a curated list of this week's coolest local events, click here.

What To Do

Free Ham Radio License Course


Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 6, 2018
07:00 PM until 09:15 PM


Free Entry Level Ham Radio License Class This Fall!

2018 Classes start Tuesday evening, September 11th 2018

Have you ever thought about becoming an Amateur Radio “Ham” operator? Here is a great opportunity to learn about Ham radio and to study for your FCC license with seasoned Ham radio operators as your teachers and mentors!

The Westchester Emergency Communications Association (WECA: www.weca.org) is proud to sponsor a free Technician Class License course. Come take your first steps and join the exciting world of Amateur Radio. Enjoy talking to other Amateur Radio Operators, near and far! Want to experiment with new technologies that utilize computers interfaced with radios? Would you like to join forces with county government and local volunteer organizations as Amateur Radio Operators for Emergency Communications assistance and Public Service events?

Take your first steps by joining us for this interactive course taught by a team of knowledgeable Amateur Radio Operators with a passion for their subjects. You can get an Amateur Radio Technician license by passing a 35-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required! The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF Communications. All information needed to pass the test will be covered in this course.

The required text is the “ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition”. The book includes access to online practice tests. An accompanying text, “ARRL’s Tech Q&A 6th Edition” may be helpful, but is not necessary. These are available from: ARRL, http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training, 860-594-0200 Gene, KJI Electronics, Cedar Grove, NJ, www.kjielectronics.com, 973-571-1930 Amazon, www.amazon.com Be sure to order the correct editions. Please obtain the license manual and begin reading.

This free course will be held at the Westchester Fire Training Academy, 4 Dana Road, Valhalla, NY 10595 (enter through the rear door- pass 4 Dana Rd, turn right on Walker Rd, park in the long lot on the right. Walk down the stairs, past the trailers and entered the building on the right. We are usually in classroom #3, but check the monitor as you enter to confirm that.). Classes will start on Tuesday evening, September 11th and run for nine weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:15 PM. The FCC license test is on Thursday evening of the last week ($15 test fee).

If you or someone you know would like to become an FCC-licensed Radio Amateur, please let me know you will be attending (appreciated but not required). Licensed amateurs who would like to brush up on the subjects covered are also welcome.

In the event of extreme weather call the FTC Closing Weather Number: 914-231-1615 for closures of the Fire Training Center

Please contact me by email at WB2NHC@WECA.org today to become a Ham Radio Operator! Tom Raffaelli (interim Education Director substituting for Larrie Sutliff W2UL WECA Education Director)




View map Westchester Fire Training Center
4 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY

Additional Information


Westchester Emergency Commications Association

Contact name

Tom Raffaelli

Contact email



Ardsley,Armonk,Bedford,Briarcliff Manor,Bronx,Bronxville,Chappaqua,Cortlandt Manor,Cross River,Croton Falls,Croton-On-Hudson,Dobbs Ferry,Eastchester,Elmsford,Fairfield,Greenwich,Harrison,Hartsdale,Hastings-On-Hudson,Hawthorne,Irvington,Katonah,Larchmont,Lewisboro,Mahopac,Mamaroneck,Mohegan Lake,Mount Kisco,Mount Vernon,New Rochelle,North Salem,Norwalk,Ossining,Pawling,Peekskill,Pelham,Piermont,Pleasantville,Port Chester,Pocantico Hills,Pound Ridge,Purchase,Ridgefield,Rye,Rye Brook,Scarsdale,Sleepy Hollow,Somers,South Salem,Stamford,Tarrytown,Thornwood,Tuckahoe,Valhalla,Westport,White Plains,Yonkers,Yorktown

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

County Business Listings

Edit Module
Edit Module