Class Schedules

Registration for Fall 2022

All classes – exam prep and skills – are subject to the pandemic issues such as our host church requiring masks or ending in-person meetings. As of August 2022, there are no restrictions.

These classes are timed so they end just before the November 12th exam, see

There is a minimum of 5 students for a class to be held (because too many drop-outs make the class not viable.)

The tuition fees cover instructors’ supplies, support the club, help cover the Zoom software license, and other RARC costs of providing these classes. The RARC is charged fees for your use of credit and debit cards, so a discount is offered for cash and check payment.


Fall Exam preparation classes – registration dates differ by course, see below

Technician (first license)

    • The next class will be in March 2023

General (second license)

Extra (highest license)

    • Three Saturdays
    • Demo morning, 9am to noon, Saturday, October 22nd – in-person only, Room 205
    • Two long classes, 9am to 4:30pm, Saturdays, October 29th & November 5th  – Zoom only
    • Registration ends October 17th
    • Textbook: “2020-2024 Extra Class Study Manual,”
    • Instructors: Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU & Ken Liedner, WV0L

Spring Skills Seminars – seeking instructors

  • Remote Station setup and operation, instructor Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU
  • DStar setup and operation
  • Antenna Modeling with EZNEC


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Official FCC Exams

The Club provides a Volunteer Examiners (VE) testing session near the end of each course. This is a free examination because the Laurel VEC covers all the costs. Click VE Testing Schedules  for the current schedule.

School Location

Registration, classes, and exams are held at the Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road, Richmond, VA 23235. Please enter the church from the West Bon View Drive side of the building. Signs inside direct you to the correct rooms.

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Other Information

If inclement weather causes the closing of the school, additional nights are usually negotiated to allow adequate time to cover necessary material.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the head of the school  Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU at or 804-353-4269 or fill out the form below.

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